81% of large organisations that were hacked in the last year stated that the actions of their staff aided the attacker. In their latest whitepaperQinetiQ (Protecting your organisation from itself; The threat from within and how to mitigate it), draw on the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills survey which stated that "People are the main vulnerabilities to a secure enterprise. Respondents believe that inadvertent human error, lack of staff awareness and weaknesses in vetting individuals were all contributing factors in causing the single worst breach that organisations suffered". Companies not recognising the insider threat to cyber-attacks and security issues is becoming increasingly highlighted. 

It states the need for cyber security is understood but there is a major gap between knowledge and action. The whitepaper goes on to highlight another survey conducted by the Department for Culture Security Breaches, despite over half of those surveyed stating they sought guidance on cyber security only 29% of businesses polled had formal cyber security policies in place or have cyber security risks documented in continuity plans. 

The paper outlines that assessing the security culture within your organisation is crucial and how behaviour is similar or different across the organisation. 

"Training can be crucial here to instil the reasoning behind such processes, but equally, the tenets for a good security policy can be applied to work security systems; they aren't easy to understand or implement, they may well fail". With this in mind, engaging employee's in the process of assessing and implementing process and policy may also help to develop a better culture and one that recognises the risks and how to ensure best practice of keeping information safe. 

Have you had experience of a cyber security attack in your organisation? What do you think organisations could be doing better? 

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You may also be interested in our other articles about cyber culture and building the human firewall 

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Monday, 05 June 2017 00:00

IAM Mini Series Timetable

The following IAM qualifications are approaching the certificate end date as of the 31st December 2017, therefore we are holding an additional mini-series so that candidates are able to submit any outstanding units for marking. 

The Following Qualifications Are Included: 

  • 601/2718/1 - IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF) 
  • 601/2719/3 - IQ IAM Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF)
  • 601/2771/5 - IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF) 

The timetable can be viewed here

If you are a learner interested in completing a IAM qualification then please contact The Institute of Administrative Management: 01952 797396 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a centre interested in any of the IAM business qualifications, please contact The Awarding Body Industry Qualifications at: 01952 457458 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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We are delighted to announce that our Distance Learning Accredited Centre, Deltic Training have offered to assist independent learners by hosting a series of half-day revision events plus an Assignment Writing workshop to cover:

Level 4:

- Group 1 Administrative management and systems

- Group 2 Managing operations and quality

- Group 3 Managing and developing human resources in organisations

- Group 4 Managing finance, information and knowledge

Level 5:

- Group 1 Strategic administration of operations, information and finance

- Group 2 Strategic administration of human resources, knowledge and change

- Group 3 Governance, leadership and motivation

- Group 4 Business research

Level 4 & 5:

- Assignment writing.

Further details may be found here or visit www.deltic-training.co.uk

We would like to thank Deltic Training for their support and wish you all the very best with your studies. 

Find out more about IAM Qualifications here. Those completing IAM qualifications get free student membership, or if you are interested in IAM membership in general more information can be found here

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