Sony breach turns bank's focus to users

After the recent wave of high-profile breaches, New Jersey's Provident Bank decided to focus on the fundamentals, with a three-part strategy to educate new hires about security, train existing employees to be vigilant about phishing attacks, and increase the awareness of data security for everyone at the bank

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From the very beginning, accuracy was close to 100 percent, with information classified either at the appropriate level or higher.

"Even in the first week, we saw very few mistakes made," he said. "Within two weeks, everyone at the bank was very comfortable with the system."

Plus, the increased awareness about data security translated to other areas as well, such as paper documents.

Another benefit is that instead of spending six hours a week reviewing emails to ensure that they were appropriately encrypted, Horn-Mitchem's team now spends less than hour.

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