wombatsecurity | November 13, 2012

New Compliance Training Series from Wombat Security Helps Companies Address PCI Awareness Training Requirements and Reduce Risk

In a year the PCI Council calls “Worst Ever” for security breaches, Wombat’s proven approach to training helps businesses change employee behaviors and validate compliance.

Pittsburgh, PA – November 13, 2012 –Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat), a leading provider of cyber security awareness and training solutions, today announced the release of its newest training series created to help retailers and businesses address key requirements of common privacy laws and data protection mandates, including PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance. To ensure security policy and procedures are met and reduce the risk of data theft, security awareness training is a mandatory requirement of the PCI Data Security Standard for all employees who handle cardholder data. Wombat’s new compliance training series leverages the company’s proven learning techniques to clearly explain data security requirements to employees and emphasize their responsibility towards securing sensitive information, while simplifying compliance monitoring and reporting for PCI managers.

“The key is not just ‘awareness;’ it is behavior change; as such, interactive security awareness training platforms help compliance managers effectively administer mandated employee education, prove the completion of training in the event of an audit, and actually change the way that employees behave.  The result is lower risk for the organization” said Andrew Walls, Vice President of Security, Risk and Privacy of Gartner. “Companies that employ new interactive cyber security assessment and context aware security training software are reporting reductions in susceptibility to employee-targeted attacks, which translates to fewer breaches and lower remediation costs.”

At the most recent PCI Council meeting, the organization reported that security breaches were at the worst level since the group was founded. With data breaches capturing top news headlines, it is more important than ever for companies to enhance their data security and compliance protocols. The 12 requirements for PCI DSS compliance include annual training of employees to maintain and enhance a business’s internal security controls.

“Today every organization is a target for cyber criminals and employees are one of the primary attack vectors yet many businesses lack the expertise and resources to effectively train their people against these growing cyber threats,” said Joe Ferrara, President and CEO of Wombat Security Technologies. “As employees learn how to identify and report attacks, they become invaluable to a company’s defensive as well as offensive security posture.”

Wombat’s new compliance training series includes:  PCI-DSS requirements, as well as, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Data Protection and Destruction so that compliance managers can:

  • Easily take a baseline assessment of employee understanding and compliance with critical data security policies
  • Create a targeted training program that addresses the most  risky employees first
  • Provide uniquely engaging training to educate employees on the importance of cardholder data security, common causes of data security breaches, and how to maintain and enhance internal security controls
  • Monitor completion of training assignments, assess individual employee performance and measure improvement, in terms of peoples' behaviors and awareness
  • Generate reports to demonstrate compliance with security awareness training requirements and prove the completion of training in the event of a PCI audit

Wombat’s Security Training Platform

The new compliance training series includes the first of many compliance topics that Wombat will address in their “Security Training Platform”.  The Platform enables security professionals and administrators to tackle today’s most pressing cyber security issues including e-mail security, password management, social networking, smartphone/BYOD vulnerabilities, phishing and social engineering.  Reporting capabilities in the Platform provide both aggregate and individual data to guide follow-up training programs and show improved results over time.

For pricing and/or more information about this compliance training series, or any one of Wombat’s award winning security awareness and training products, please visit www.wombatsecurity.com.

About Wombat Security Technologies

Wombat Security Technologies helps organizations combat cyber security threats with uniquely effective software-based training solutions. Wombat offers fully automated, highly scalable software-based training solutions, built on learning science principles. They offer mock attacks with brief embedded training, as well as a full complement of 10-minute software training modules. Wombat’s training solutions have been shown to reduce employee susceptibility to attack by up to 70%.  Wombat is helping Fortune 500 customers, large government agencies and small to medium businesses in segments such as finance, banking, higher education, retail, technology, energy, insurance, and consumer packaged goods strengthen their cyber security defenses. For more information visit www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine Kauffman-Hall at 704-882-0443 or lhall@attainmarketing.com.