Gretel Egan | May 21, 2018

Wombat Security Launches Second GDPR Training Module to Improve Employee Understanding of Secure Data Handling

Interactive training module designed to increase end-user understanding of regulations on handling the personal data of EU residents through detailed, actionable items.

PITTSBURGH, May 21, 2018 – Wombat Security (Wombat), a division of Proofpoint and the leading provider of cyber security awareness training, today announced the launch of its second interactive training module related to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR in Action module will help organizations better educate employees about the management of EU residents’ private data leading up to and following the May 25, 2018, GDPR enforcement date.

The launch of the GDPR will reshape data privacy management on a global scale, and technology alone isn’t enough to ensure compliance. Because organizations and their Data Protection Officers will be relying on employees to properly protect the sensitive data of EU residents, awareness and training efforts are essential to preparedness. Despite the looming enforcement date, Wombat’s 2018 Beyond the Phish® Report revealed that protecting confidential information remains the No. 1 problem for end users. In analyzing its assessment and training data for this report, Wombat found that employees incorrectly answered 25% of questions about the GDPR and other compliance-related topics.

The new GDPR in Action module will help minimize an organization’s risk of non-compliance with the regulation by making end users aware of what type of information is protected under the GDPR and giving actionable advice on how to handle EU residents’ personal data. GDPR in Action complements Wombat’s existing GDPR Overview module by offering deeper, more action-oriented scenarios that challenge users to think about how the new regulation affects their day-to-day business activities.

The module includes the following key features:

  • Explores concepts central to the GDPR and how they affect organizations that hold and manage data of EU residents.
  • Teaches end users what is considered personal data and how it can show up in unexpected places.
  • Leverages scenario-based training to give end users thought-provoking situations to evaluate, and provides real-time feedback on their decisions.

In addition to the release of GDPR in Action, Wombat has also updated its existing module, GDPR Overview, to reflect the most recent interpretations of the GDPR. The GDPR Overview module provides an introduction to the regulation and the concept of data privacy, and end users will learn why they need to be active participants in overall GDPR compliance.

“The GDPR will bring monumental changes in the way the world handles the personal data of EU residents. Organizations cannot afford for their end users to lack understanding around these new regulations,” said Joe Ferrara, General Manager of Wombat. “We are releasing the GDPR in Action training module to guide end users, increase awareness around regulation requirements, and improve data handling procedures as we enter a new era of data protection.”


About Wombat Security

Wombat Security, a division of Proofpoint, is the leading provider of information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior for enterprises. Their SaaS-based cybersecurity education solutions include an integrated platform of knowledge assessments, simulated attacks, and brief interactive training modules. Wombat's solutions help organizations reduce successful phishing attacks and malware infections up to 90%. The company has been recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training Vendors for four years in a row. Founded in 2008, Wombat is helping mid-market, Fortune 1000, and Global 2000 customers to strengthen their cybersecurity defenses.


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