KnowBe4 Releases 2021 State of Privacy and Security Awareness Report


TAMPA BAY, Florida, September 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – KnowBe4 (NASDAQ: KNBE), the provider of the world’s largest security awareness and phishing simulation training, released its 2021 State of Privacy and security.

The commissioned report is based on the findings of a study conducted among a random sample of 1,000 US employees in small and medium-sized businesses and large corporations. The study aimed to determine the amount of cybersecurity training that employees received and the impact it had on security and privacy best practices. Respondents were asked a variety of questions about general knowledge of cybersecurity and data privacy and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on training. The survey results were also broken down and analyzed by selected business sectors.

Highlights of the 2021 State of Privacy and Security Report include:

  • Only 48% of employees think their mobile device is likely or very likely to be infected with malware if they click on a suspicious link or attachment in an email
  • Employees who are trained once a month are 34% more likely to think that clicking on a suspicious link or attachment in an email is risky compared to employees who don’t receive training more than twice a year
  • Only 31% of employees feel they understand business email compromise very well and can explain what it is to others, despite the fact that this attack vector is a huge and growing problem that costs organizations many years. million dollars every year.
  • Just over half (55%) of employees have received ongoing training in cybersecurity and data privacy throughout lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • On average, 44% of those surveyed were unsure if their employer was subject to six different privacy regulations, including GDPR and HIPAA.
  • The financial sector is the most likely to receive security awareness training, with 91% of finance employees reporting having received some form of training.

“By analyzing these results, what emerges is that the knowledge of American employees on best practices in cybersecurity and data privacy can be significantly improved,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “These alarming results highlight the critical need to implement new school safety awareness training for every American employee in all organizations in this country. Going even further to create a culture of security becomes essential as cybercriminals pose a greater threat to business operations. “

To download the report, visit

About KnowBe4
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest phishing simulation and security awareness training platform, is used by more than 41,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by an IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally renowned cybersecurity specialist and Chief Hacking Officer of KnowBe4, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to engage their end users as their last line of defense.

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