Failure to Communicate?

A recent report based on research by Frost & Sullivan exposed an interesting set of priorities among security professionals. When asked about the attributes of successful security personnel, security executives placed the importance of business and organizational skills right alongside security knowledge and technical skills. And the rank and file agreed. But the report also exposed a significant disconnect between the opinions of the rank and file and the security execs when it comes to the adequacy of security awareness training.
The report certainly reinforced the urgency of such training, given the dynamic nature of security and the ever-evolving threat landscape. But while 59 percent of security executives believe their organizations have invested adequately to provide the training they need, fewer than half of the rank and file thought so.
This is particularly interesting in light of the attribute cited as the most important by security executives: communication skills. In other words, security execs, your organization’s people want more of what you already deem to be the most important aspect of your work!
Frost Chart
And because this report is focused on the status of security personnel, that last point it makes is perhaps the most insightful when it comes to issues of communications—and particularly training-driven communications: “While the education system has contributed to students’ ability to leverage new information technologies—systems, devices, and applications—the focus on security has been limited. Consequently, the [effort] to build a security-conscious and -knowledgeable workforce falls on their future employers.”
MediaPro can help on that front—and in the process make you a true communications superstar in your organization.

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