Why We’re Losing the Cybersecurity Education Game

There is a broad gap between purposeful learning with personal development benefits and catalog-based eLearning programs. One approach can boost employee development and create a culture of learning and critical thinking while the other actually stifles employee development in the name of education.

We face critical skills shortages across the board, but perhaps nowhere is the shortage more dangerous than in the field of cybersecurity.


Because in survey after survey, International business leaders rank cyber incidents in a virtual dead-heat for first place at 40% among business risks, alongside business interruptions caused by events like supply chain interruptions (3,000 leaders surveyed by Allianz Risk Barometer in 2021). In addition, with looming changes in technology like 5G, the global pressure on digitalization will likely transform traditional breaches into “black swans;” rare, unpredictable events with potentially severe impacts that no one could have predicted.

And while not wanting to put too fine a point on it, cybersecurity breaches are 20 points ahead of trade wars and tariffs, natural disasters, monetary policies, political instability, war, terrorism, riots and looting on the grand risk list.

Global cybercrime already causes a $1 trillion drag on the economy—a 50% jump from just two years ago.

And since 95% of breaches are caused by human error (IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index Report 2021), in terms of preparation and readiness and hygiene and awareness, it is clear where most of the work needs to be done, yet we continue to ignore the opportunity to grow and

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