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Building Successful Awareness Programs - Key Findings and Lessons Learned from 2018 Security Awareness Report

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT (2018-07-19 19:30:00 UTC)
  • Lance Spitzner, Dan DeBeaubien

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The 2018 Security Awareness Report analyzes the data submitted by 1,718 security awareness professionals from around the world to identify and benchmark how organizations are managing their human cyber security risk. Learn not only what are the top challenges awareness programs face, but how the most mature awareness programs overcome those challenges. Key take-aways include:

 1. How many FTEs (Full-Time Employees) you need dedicated to your program to effectively change human behavior, and ultimately create a secure culture.

2. Why time, and not budget, is the most precious resource.

3. What skills make the most effective security awareness officers.

4. Benchmark and compare how mature your awareness program is against others using the Security Awareness Maturity Model.

5. The impact leadership support has on your program, and how to maintain that support long term.

Speaker Bios

Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

Dan DeBeaubien

Dan DeBeaubien is a 25-year veteran of Information Technology and former CTO of Michigan Technological University. He has held a variety of posts throughout his career including: Sr. Systems Administrator, Sr. Telecommunications Engineer and Director of Information Technology Services and Security. Before joining the SANS team, Dan created Michigan Tech’s Information Security Office and the positions of Chief Information Security Officer and most recently Chief Information Compliance Officer. He currently serves as Product Director at SANS Security Awareness.

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