61 percent of employees fail basic cybersecurity quiz | SC Media

61 percent of employees fail basic cybersecurity quiz

April 12, 2021
Seen here, training underway through NIST's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies. Nearly 70 percent of employees polled in a new survey said they recently received cybersecurity training from their employers, yet 61 percent nevertheless failed when asked to take a basic quiz on the topic.(NIST)
  • Only 17% of those surveyed who work in information services passed the quiz, compared to 57% of health care employees. And yet, 93% of respondents working in information services reported receiving cybersecurity training, compared to 67% of healthcare respondents. 
  • 60% of employees who failed the cybersecurity quiz reported that they feel safe from threats. Incredibly, 74% of respondents who answered every single question incorrectly report feeling safe. 
  • Despite their largely inherent familiarity with technology, employees aged 18-24 collectively performed the worst on the quiz, with only 16% passing. Among age demographic groups, 25-to-34-year-olds tied with those aged 54 and over for the best collective performance, with a pass rate of 43%.
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