Proofpoint’s interactive training modules and assessments aim to help government agencies train employees on safe Internet practices, reducing the likelihood that malware attacks or other scams will be successful.
A cybersecurity training program for government personnel, sold by the California-based company Proofpoint, has achieved “in process” status from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), meaning it is working with government officials to meet stringent standards for doing business with the federal government.
If the training tool gets all the way to final authorization, it will also be available to the many state and local agencies that have made FedRAMP compliance a requirement for their own business partners. Proofpoint’s announcement comes at a time when employee training and cybersecurity savvy is an urgent concern, as online scam artists are targeting government employees with growing frequency.
According to a news release, the cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) program, called Proofpoint Security Awareness Training, proposes to bring government employees up to speed on real-world cyberattacks with knowledge assessments, attack simulations and interactive training modules offered in 35 languages. Proofpoint’s press materials said these can help organizations identify their most targeted and vulnerable employees, and thereby focus training efforts to prevent a successful attack.
“As more than 90 percent of targeted attacks start with email, it is critical that federal agencies consider their employees as their last line of defense and craft a security strategy that prioritizes training users on how to spot and report malicious emails,” said Bhagwat Swaroop, executive vice president of Industry Solutions and Business Development for Proofpoint.