Businesses Are at Risk of Cybersecurity Breaches Due to Worker Error

Questionmark launches new ready-made cybersecurity skills assessment to identify risks with CyberVista

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TRUMBULL, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CyberVista–Cybercrimes have increased 300% since the pandemic, according to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.1 Some 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error.2 Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has launched a new cybersecurity skills test, with cybersecurity workforce development specialists CyberVista, to help firms meet this challenge.

The average data breach costs firms $3.86m according to research by IBM Security.3 Despite these costs, many firms do not have people with the right skills to protect them. CyberVista estimates the global cybersecurity workforce needs to expand by 89%.4 Organizations have a crucial role to play by upskilling existing or new employees.

To help employers navigate growing cyber risks, Questionmark has launched new ready-made assessment content, the Critical Cyber Diagnostic Test by CyberVista.

The test is aimed at cybersecurity specialists and other workers who manage sensitive data and systems as part of their job. It will help employers to better understand what skills their teams already have.

Lars Pedersen, CEO of Questionmark, said: “Organizations face growing cybersecurity threats. But many do not have the people they need to defend against such risks. Our new ready-made assessment can help organizations to assess employee skills and verify their proficiency in cyber defense.

“Our test can help identify areas of strength and weakness. Employers can use the results of the assessment to make better training or recruitment decisions for critical cybersecurity roles. In doing so, they can help protect their organization from costly cybercrimes and data breaches.”

Joshua Hester, Executive Director of Training at CyberVista, said: “There used to be a time when only the major industry players needed to be concerned with cybersecurity attacks. But the accelerated trend towards cloud services and remote working have widened the attack surface for companies of all sizes. Now, any organization can be targeted by a phishing campaign, ransomware attack, or data breach.

“We are excited to partner with Questionmark to provide a broad skills assessment to help organizations evaluate their security posture. The test helps organizations discover potential vulnerabilities in their employees and strengthen their people by assessing knowledge of the critical cybersecurity risks and best practices in defending themselves. Today’s workforce must rise to meet the cybersecurity threats of tomorrow, and there is no time like the present.”


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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.

About CyberVista

CyberVista is a cybersecurity workforce development company. CyberVista’s mission is to build and strengthen organizations by providing cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to drive growth and defense. Founded in 2016, CyberVista benefits from the rich 85-year history of Kaplan—one of the world’s premier training providers—as its sister company and ally. In 2018, CyberVista welcomed Transcender into the brand. Transcender brings over 25 years of helping organizations and practitioners build technical job skills across all areas of IT and cybersecurity.

1 https://www.intelice.com/cybercrime-skyrockets/
2 https://www.cybintsolutions.com/cyber-security-facts-stats/
3 https://www.capita.com/sites/g/files/nginej291/files/2020-08/Ponemon-Global-Cost-of-Data-Breach-Study-2020.pdf
4 https://www.cybervista.net/defining-and-developing-the-cyber-enabled-workforce/


US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

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