Any organization with up to 1,000 employees can now use Curricula, a security awareness training platform, for free.
Curricula's mission is to make cybersecurity training fun, company's CEO Nick Santora once told CyberNews. There is plenty of material about subjects related to cybersecurity. The problem is that most of it is dry and boring, Santora claims.
Instead of making PowerPoint presentations, he turns to storytelling and introduces heroes and villains to the cybersecurity training. For example, a malicious hacker DeeDee.
How does it work? For example, DeeDee runs a phishing simulator and sends employees malicious letters. If you report the phishing email, DeeDee would say, Nice job. If you fail to do so, you get an email from DeeDee saying, Haha, I got you.
Now, Curricula is opening its platform for free for companies with up to 1,000 employees. According to Santora, last year, organizations cut their cybersecurity budgets dramatically in a matter of days. But with the constantly growing threat of phishing and ransomware attacks targeting businesses of all sizes, organizations can't afford to have an uneducated workforce that cannot defend themselves.
"After working with thousands of businesses, we noticed a big gap in the industry. No one is focused on helping SMBs with security training," Santora said. "While there are other free tools available, Curricula's training has demonstrated to be effective because employees actually resonate with the content and embrace building a security culture together."
He believes that security awareness shouldn't be a compliance-focused activity or a reactive, knee-jerk decision caused by a data breach.
"We've eliminated the barrier to entry for every business to proactively level up their security training, for free, and launch their program within minutes," Santora said.
If you wish to use Curricula, go ahead and set up a free account.
In August, the White House gathered technology leaders from the private sector to discuss the coordinated effort of prioritizing cybersecurity. Coalition, one of the fastest-growing cyber insurance companies and a Curricula partner, was part of the discussion with President Biden. Compliance regulations are increasing, and cyber insurance is transitioning from a nice-to-have to becoming an operational necessity.
"Our partnership with Curricula was driven by the recognition that every business needs help training their teams to build a security-minded culture. We are committed to helping make free cyber security tools available for small businesses," said Joshua Motta, CEO and co-founder of Coalition. "Curricula Free enables our entire community of policyholders to reduce their cyber risk."
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