5 tips for globalizing security awareness training

Global organizations face particular cultural and linguistic challenges when it comes to awareness training. Here's how 2 companies met that challenge and what you can learn from their experience.

If there’s one lesson to be learned from the way authentication company Okta approaches international security training, it's that bad actors are everywhere.

Phishing emails, password sprays, man-in-the middle attacks — no matter what country the hacker is in, a threat is still a threat. “If you don't have a strong password that's coupled with a multifactor authentication and...policies in the background to protect the account,” Okta CSO Yassir Abousselham says, “then there's increased risk to that account and really that’s location agnostic.”

The way global employees learn about security best practices often is not location agnostic, however. Country can impact which information they should receive and how they receive it. Awareness efforts might need to be in a different language. In the end, there is no single rule: How security teams approach international awareness truly depends on an individual business’s needs.

Here, Okta and constrution company Finning International share their best practices for globalizing security awareness programs. Though the two companies take starkly different approaches, what they have in common is the need to multi-nationally convey urgent information and the fact that neither company can do this without help.

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