MetaCompliance Publishes the Definitive Playbook to Create a Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

MetaCompliance | June 08, 2020

  • Global Cyber Security specialist, MetaCompliance, has announced the publication of a new book, Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies.

  • The book aims to act as an indispensable resource for implementing behavioural change and creating a culture of cyber awareness in organisations.

  • It will also help to provide employees with insight about their role in mitigating risk and help to secure valuable 'buy-in' within organisations.


Global Cyber Security specialist, MetaCompliance, has announced the publication of a new book, titled Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies.nAs cybercrime becomes more organised and sophisticated than ever before, the book aims to act as an indispensable resource for implementing behavioural change and creating a culture of cyber awareness in organisations. According to recent studies, the total annual cost of cybercrime for a company has jumped from $11.7 million in 2017 to a record high of $13 million.


It is estimated that almost 90% of all cyber attacks are caused by human error. Such statistics highlight the prevalence of security threats that organisations face today and the need to ensure Cyber Security awareness at all levels. Written by MetaCompliance CEO, Robert O'Brien and published in partnership with Wiley, Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies provides organisations with a best practice approach to implementing a Cyber Security awareness program. It has also been well documented that employee negligence has been responsible for some of the worst cyber breaches in history.



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We have noticed a significant shift in the Cyber Security landscape in recent years. Organisations of every size and in every industry have become potential targets for cybercriminals and new threats are continually emerging. It is critical that staff are aware of these cyber threats.

~ Robert O'Brien, Cyber Security thought leader


Robert O'Brien, award-winning Cyber Security thought leader and Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies Author, said "We have noticed a significant shift in the Cyber Security landscape in recent years. Organisations of every size and in every industry have become potential targets for cybercriminals and new threats are continually emerging. It is critical that staff are aware of these cyber threats. "Over the past 12 years, MetaCompliance has developed a wealth of experience helping our clients develop and implement staff Cyber Security awareness programs that work.


Organisations recognise the need to implement a cyber awareness plan, but it can be difficult to know where to start. We knew that there was a real need to create a definitive playbook for changing Cyber Security culture. Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies seeks to support organisations to truly change Cyber Security behaviours, create a culture around Cyber Security awareness, and educate employees about the important role they play in safeguarding their organisation.


Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies seeks to support organisations to truly change Cyber Security behaviours, create a culture around Cyber Security awareness, and educate employees about the important role they play in safeguarding their organisation.


Published in the well-known " for Dummies" style, the format is exactly what you would expect from a Dummies Guide, with step-by-step directions, tips, and advice all laid out according to Wiley's guidelines that have helped make the format so successful. Not only will the Dummies Guide be invaluable for those responsible for implementing Cyber Security awareness programs, but it will also help to provide employees with insight about their role in mitigating risk and help to secure valuable 'buy-in' within organisations.


MetaCompliance is a leading Cyber Security and compliance specialist dedicated to helping businesses keep their staff safe online, secure their digital assets, and protect their reputation and brand. With over 12 years' experience, MetaCompliance has developed a world leading SaaS platform that provides a one-stop-shop management solution to engage users, provide defence against cyber threats, and deliver regulator reporting. MetaPhish is a module of our cloud based Integrated User Awareness Management solution that delivers high quality, multilingual training experiences should the user click on the simulated phishing email. The system comes prepopulated with relevant and high quality content and provides extensive reporting to allow remediation of identified problem areas.


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Many companies’ focus on cybersecurity is increasing as they embrace digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT). Organizations, irrespective of size and industry, are constantly under attack, and regulatory authorities are strengthening laws to protect data. As more and more behemoths like Facebook face data leakage incidents, companies, regulators and the public alike are paying more attention to data protection and privacy issues. As all this is happening, internal risks are also increasing because of factors including the rise of shadow IT, a lack of employee education about information security, and increasingly sophisticated attacks. Many successful breaches, especially Trojan and phishing attacks, are caused by users’ thoughtless behavior.


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