53% of Singaporean office workers receive frequent training, up from 46% in 2021. More than a third say they have never received training at work regarding cybersecurity
In the wake of high-profile data breaches across APAC, the number of employees being given security training is increasing, according to new research released today from KnowBe4.
Encouragingly, more than half (53 percent) of Singaporean office workers say they receive frequent training from their current employer, which is an improvement from 2021 (46 percent in 2021), however, only two in five (41 percent – 35 percent in 2021) say it includes receiving simulated phishing emails. Just over a third (34 percent – 37 percent in 2021) of Singaporean office workers have never received training at work regarding cybersecurity.
“Our latest Phishing Benchmarking Report shows that untrained users pose the greatest risk to organisations, so it is crucial to ensure that they are properly trained to understand the risks and the role they play in helping to protect their organisations,” says Jacqueline Jayne, Security Awareness Advocate APAC at KnowBe4. “Threat levels are increasing across the region and last year’s breaches heightened Singapore’s awareness of data security, so it’s a great relief to see this increase in security training at Singaporean organisations. To encourage participation and to make security awareness training compelling and relevant to employees, it really needs to be high-quality, timely and easily digestible.”
Of those who received training at work regarding cybersecurity, office workers are more likely to receive training online (72 percent) than in person (37 percent). Of those who had training in person, three quarters (73 percent) received a lecture or presentation style training in a group format, with 54 percent saying it was short sessions (two hours or less) and (24 percent) saying it was full-day or half-day session. While a third (35 percent) say that the trainings were one-on-one, with 15 percent saying they were full-day or half-day sessions and 24 percent saying they were short sessions (two hours or less). Three in five (59 percent) had online learning bitesize sessions of less than 30 minutes, while 52 percent had online learning sessions of 30 minutes or longer.
“Given the shift to fully remote and hybrid office environments these days, it is no surprise that we see more training delivered in an online format compared to in person,” said Jayne. “Bite-sized, online learning modules are becoming more popular and relevant as attention spans decrease and demand for short but effective educational information increases. By incorporating more secure practices and behaviours that they have learned from security awareness training into their everyday routine, employees will be better positioned to make smarter security decisions and improve overall security culture.”