PRESS RELEASE: Human Error Ranks No.1 Reason for Security Breaches

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Date : 01.02.24

Human Error Ranks No.1 Reason for Security Breaches


Just Less than One Fifth of UK Businesses Provide Security Training to Prevent Data Breaches…


Recent research shows that the cost of a data breach is sky rocketing, year-by-year, and 2024 will be no different. The main reason for security breaches is human error, and with just less than a fifth of UK business providing security training what do we expect? Therefore, following their 20+ years of experience within this industry Advent IM are launching a brand-new Training Academy!

Advent IM are a security consultancy and training provider, and with the launch of their new Training Academy, aim to combat the rise of data breaches. Since 2017 the mean number of days it takes to identify a data breach has increased from 191 to 204. This points to a new level of complexity in attack, as attackers are increasing their dwell time in networks and victims are finding it more and more challenging to identify breaches. Humans are the common factor in most breaches, representing the most likely attack vector or point of failure. This emphasises the importance of employee training, which is where Advent IM are stepping in – as they have now increased the number of course trainers, are supplying course material, and have increased the number of courses they are providing.

The Training Academy will be launching on 2nd February, and has courses available both on-site and virtually. As working from home has become significantly more common over the past few years, these training courses are incredibly beneficial for everyone, no matter the circumstances around their working environment.

Here is what Advent IM’s managing director, Mike Gillespie, had to say about the launch of their Training Academy;

At Advent IM we have long known the value of quality, targeted and role specific education and training in building an organisations resilience.  Effective training hugely reduces the likelihood of our own people causing a data breach by positively affecting their behaviours, attitudes and belief systems, it builds a positive information culture and it increases the ability resist an external attack or incursion.  Education and training has been part of Advent IM’s core offering for many years.  The launch of the Advent IM Academy marks an evolution in our ability to continue to deliver excellent quality, whilst also expanding our portfolio to ensure that we continue to make businesses secure through training.”


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About Advent IM

Advent IM is an independent specialist consultancy, focusing on holistic security management solutions for information, people and physical assets, across both the public and private sectors. Established in 2002, Advent IM is a centre of excellence for security services, promoting the benefits of best practice guidelines and standards and the need to address risk management to protect against potential threats.
From its offices in the Midlands and London, its Consultants work nationwide and are members of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec), The Security Institute (SyI) and British Computer Society.

Our consultants are also Lead Auditors/Implementors for the International Standard for information security management (ISO/IEC 27001), members of the Chartered Institute of Information Security, Home Office trained physical security assessors, Agile and PRINCE2 practitioners and hold a number of industry related qualifications (e.g. CISSP, CISM, ISO/IEC 22301 Lead Auditor, CompTIA Security+).

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