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The Impact of Employee Training on Cybersecurity Breaches

Every organization is exposed to information security threats daily. It is essential that organizations have an information security protection program that is properly designed, documented, executed, and updated to minimize exposure to information loss, disruption of operations, and liability to third parties and regulators. An effective cybersecurity risk management program requires an effective governance structure based on the organization’s risk appetite — just like the company would create for any other material risk. While the components of a cybersecurity risk management program may vary from organization to organization, certain key elements are generally common to all effective programs. One such element is the importance of user education, awareness, and training.

In an article for his CSO ‘Crossroads of Cybersecurity and the Law’ blog, “Employee Training Remains the Best First Line of Defense against Cybersecurity Breaches,” Foley & Lardner Partner Mike Overly, explains why companies need to prioritize employee training on current and future security issues if they want to avoid cybersecurity breaches. He also gives his top cybersecurity training tips and best practices within the article.

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About this Author

Matthew A. Karlyn, Foley Lardner, IP Lawyer, Patent Licensing Attorney

Matt Karlyn is a technology and licensing lawyer and a partner in the Technology Transactions & Outsourcing Practice with Foley & Lardner LLP. He regularly advises companies on all matters involving the commercialization of intellectual property, licensing initiatives, subscription-based economics, and the procurement and use of technology in business.

Mr. Karlyn regularly structures licensing transactions and drafts, negotiates and advises clients with respect to technology and patent licensing agreements and virtually every type of...


Michael R. Overly is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on drafting and negotiating technology related agreements, software licenses, hardware acquisition, development, disaster recovery, outsourcing agreements, information security agreements, e-commerce agreements, and technology use policies. He counsels clients in the areas of technology acquisition, information security, electronic commerce, and on-line law. Mr. Overly is a member of the Technology Transactions & Outsourcing and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices.