NINJIO’s Cybersecurity Awareness Training (CSAT) platform is free for the month of October.
A collaboration between government and private industry to raise awareness about digital security, Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created 20 years ago to empower everyone to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime. Together, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) create resources and communications for organizations to talk to their employees and customers about staying safe online.
For 2023, CISA created a new, year-round awareness campaign and Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme: Secure Our World. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 and Secure Our World focuses on four key behaviors:
- Use strong passwords and a password manager
- Turn on multifactor authentication
- Recognize and report phishing
- Update software
Free Cybersecurity Awareness Training
In honor of the 20th anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, NINJIO, a provider of Cybersecurity Awareness Training (CSAT) solutions, is joining CISA and NCA to ensure that Americans have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe online.
As almost three-quarters of cyberattacks involve a human element, it’s important to address the behavioral vulnerabilities that allow cybercriminals to manipulate their victims and infiltrate organizations. With this in mind, NINJIO is making its SENSE Sampler Pack free to the public through the end of October.
NINJIO SENSE is part of an all-in-one behavioral science-based CSAT training program which uses highly engaging content, attack vector training, and rigorous assessments (such as simulated phishing) to teach employees and other learners how to identify and prevent the most dangerous cyberthreats they face. The platform leverages the NINJIO Risk Algorithm™ and machine learning to deliver CSAT that’s personalized on the basis of each employee’s unique susceptibilities, behavioral profiles, and learning styles.
“As social engineering attacks become more targeted and sophisticated, effective CSAT needs to address the specific vulnerabilities that cybercriminals exploit: curiosity, fear, greed, obedience, opportunity, social, and urgency,” explains NINJIO CEO Dr. Shaun McAlmont. “By providing free access to our SENSE Sampler Pack during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’re giving companies the behavioral tools they need to navigate the ever-shifting cyberthreat landscape.”
NINJIO is also reaffirming its commitment to the Friends & Family Use Rights program — an initiative which allows every registered employee to share NINJIO AWARE episodes with seven friends or family members. By reinforcing cybersecurity awareness beyond the workplace, NINJIO is doing its part to ensure that many more Americans know how to protect themselves online.
CSAT has to keep pace with rapidly evolving cyberthreats. For example, generative AI has made it easier than ever for hackers to launch successful cyberattacks at scale (by producing convincing and error-free phishing messages on demand, for instance). Cybercriminals are launching hyper-targeted attacks that exploit employees’ distinct psychological vulnerabilities, so CSAT has to be personalized to address those vulnerabilities on a case-by-case basis. By combining AWARE and SENSE into a holistic solution, NINJIO is simultaneously giving companies access to engaging content and personalized educational tools.
NINJIO AWARE and SENSE help companies develop a culture of cybersecurity awareness at every level of the organization.
“There’s an urgent need for holistic CSAT which keeps employees fully engaged while identifying which aspects of their behavior are putting the company at risk,” observes Dr. McAlmont. “During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we hope companies will give our platform a try to determine what their vulnerabilities are and how they can protect themselves from cyberattacks.”