Weekend Poll Results: It’s Time for Employers to Provide Cybersecurity Training

… for their own benefit! With thanks to all who are participating in my Weekend Polls, here are the results of this past weekend’s poll, which I’ve now closed. The focus of this past weekend’s poll: How prepared are you to defend against cyber threats?

Readers recognise cybersecurity as an issue, at home or in the workplace 

Readers seem to have a good sense of the significance of cybersecurity, both in the office and at home.

 

… and yet, less than 50% reported that their employers have provided cybersecurity education or training

… which may be why  19% of respondents recognise that they have limited (or no) awareness of the topic. 48% of respondents reported that they’ve received cybersecurity training at their offices, and 52% of respondents reported that they’ve been paying attention to cybersecurity, with many reading or attending sessions to learn more.

In fact, 21% of respondents reported that they’ve carved out time for independent study or professional development related to cybersecurity. Those are some proactive admin. professionals.

Want to know more? Read on for the full results, and click here to read my recent cover story article on the topic.

THE DATA

On a scale of 0 (no knowledge) to 5 (high level of knowledge and preparedness), how well informed are you about cybersecurity?

  • 47% of respondents: 4 out of 5 – I’ve been paying attention to the topic, including reading and/or attending sessions on the topic
  • 29% of respondents: 3 out of 5 – I’ve begun learning about it, and realise I need to learn more
  • 14% of respondents: 2 out of 5 – I have limited awareness/knowledge  
  • 5% of respondents: 0 out of 5 – no knowledge
  • 5% of respondents: 5 out of 5- I feel confident that I have a high level of knowledge and preparedness
  • 0% of respondents: 1 out of 5 – I’ve heard the term but don’t have much grasp of the implications

 

Have you received cybersecurity education / training at your workplace? 

  • 48% of respondents: Yes
  • 52% of respondents: No

 

Have you attended any presentations/sessions on cybersecurity?

  • 53% of respondents: Yes
  • 47% of respondents: No

 

Have you undertaken any independent study/professional development related to cybersecurity?

  • 21% of respondents: Yes
  • 79% of respondents: No

 

On a scale of 0 (not concerned) to 5 (very concerned), how much of an issue do consider cybersecurity to be in the workplace?

  • 58% of respondents: 5 out of 5 – very concerned
  • 26% of respondents: 4 out of 5
  • 11% of respondents: 3 out of 5
  • 5% of respondents: 2 out of 5
  • 0% of respondents: 1 out of 5
  • 0% of respondents: 0 out of 5 – not concerned

 

On a scale of 0 (not concerned) to 5 (very concerned), how much of an issue do consider cybersecurity to be with respect to your home/personal use of technology?

  • 57% of respondents: 5 out of 5 – very concerned
  • 24% of respondents: 4 out of 5
  • 19% of respondents: 3 out of 5
  • 0% of respondents: 2 out of 5
  • 0% of respondents: 1 out of 5
  • 0% of respondents: 0 out of 5

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