Gartner Research

Avoid 10 Common Security Awareness Mistakes

Published: 20 October 2016

ID: G00308765

Analyst(s): Joanna Huisman, Perry Carpenter

Summary

Most security and risk management leaders struggle to define their vision, objectives and outcomes to create an effective security awareness program. As a result, mistakes are made. By avoiding them, your program will be a key component in changing security behaviors across the enterprise.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Minimize the Risk of Making Mistakes by Avoiding 10 Common Pitfalls
    • Mistake No. 1: Lack of Skills
    • Mistake No. 2: No Authority
    • Mistake No. 3: Symptom Bias
    • Mistake No. 4: Boring Content
    • Mistake No. 5: Unclear Objectives
    • Mistake No. 6: Audience Disconnect
    • Mistake No. 7: Bad Metrics
    • Mistake No. 8: Misguided Focus
    • Mistake No. 9: Infrequent Reinforcement
    • Mistake No. 10: Failure to Reward Success
  • Key Take-Aways:

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