Gartner Research

Designing a Security Champion Program

Published: 16 June 2017

ID: G00318905

Analyst(s): Joanna Huisman , Mark Horvath


Mobilizing a security champion program gives security and risk management leaders a geographically and organizationally dispersed team of knowledgeable employees whose focus is to reinforce key security messages. Most security awareness programs lack the support to enable long-term behavior change.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Make Clear Connections Between the Security Champion Program and Business Objectives When Advocating for Your Program
  • Identify Employees That Have Demonstrated Security Competency and Can Act as Stewards of the Security Awareness Message
  • Create Guiding Principles and Rules of Engagement for the Group, and Present Them With an Operating Toolkit, a Communication Interface and a Way to Create and Measure Clear Goals
  • Determine How Security Champions Will Be Assessed, and Outline Performance Goals and/or a Recognition/Reward System to Drive Interest and Output

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