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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, security architecture and awareness training and is a SANS Senior Instructor. He helped pioneer the fields of deception and cyber intelligence with his creation of honeynets and founding of The Honeynet Project. In addition, Lance has published three security books, consulted in over 25 countries, and helped over 350 organizations build awareness programs to manage their human risk. He is also on the Board of Advisors for Attivo Networks. Lance is the author and an instructor for MGT433: Managing Human Risk: Mature Security Awareness Programs, and MGT521: Leading Cybersecurity Change: Building A Security-Based Culture, and built the SANS Security Awareness business unit from the ground up over the past 10 years. With the catalyst of COVID-19, Lance created multiple resources for securing humans from home, from those working remotely for the first time or managing newly remote teams, to children learning and playing online. Read more about Lance here.

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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