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KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced the results of its 2019 Security Threats and Trends Report.

The KnowBe4 2019 Security Threats and Trends Report polled 600 organizations worldwide in mid-2019 on the major security issues they will face in the next 12 to 18 months. It covers security initiatives, how well organizations are equipped to deal with security threats, the most persistent security threats, ongoing challenges in security and more.

“This study shows us why it’s a really good idea to step your users through new-school security awareness training,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “The threats aren’t going away any time soon – the bad guys are just getting more and more clever. That’s why it’s so important to build up your human firewall – your end users – to better protect your organization.”

Survey highlights include:

  • A majority of corporations – 86% – have proactively amplified security initiatives over the last year to combat the increase in cybersecurity attacks.
  • Nearly nine out of 10 businesses – 89% – say they’re currently better equipped to deal with security threats than they were in 2018.
  • Three quarters or 76% of organizations say the biggest and most persistent security threat comes from “the enemy from within” – careless end users – who regularly clicks on bad links, placing organizations at higher risk of falling victim to email phishingransomwareCEO fraud scams and various forms of malware.
  • 58% of organizations cite budgetary constraints as an ongoing challenge in upgrading security.

To read the full report, visit https://blog.knowbe4.com/knowbe4-2019-security-threats-and-trends-report-october-2019.