Cyber Security Training & Software for Companies | MetaCompliance


Discover our suite of personalised Security Awareness Training solutions, designed to empower and educate your team against modern cyber threats. From policy management to phishing simulations, our platform equips your workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to safeguard your organisation.

Cyber Security eLearning

Cyber Security eLearning to Explore our Award-Winning eLearning Library, Tailored for Every Department

Security Awareness Automation

Schedule Your Annual Awareness Campaign In A Few Clicks

Phishing Simulation

Stop Phishing Attacks In Their Tracks With Award-Winning Phishing Software

Policy Management

Centralise Your Policies In One Place And Effortlessly Manage Policy Lifecycles

Privacy Management

Control, Monitor, and Manage Compliance with Ease

Incident Management

Take Control Of Internal Incidents And Remediate What Matters



Explore the versatility of our solutions across diverse industries. From the dynamic tech sector to healthcare, delve into how our solutions are making waves across multiple sectors. 

Financial Services

Creating A First Line Of Defence For Financial Service Organisations


A Go-To Security Awareness Solution For Governments


A Security Awareness Training Solution For Large Enterprises

Remote Workers

Embed A Culture Of Security Awareness - Even At Home

Education Sector

Engaging Security Awareness Training For The Education Sector

Healthcare Workers

See Our Tailored Security Awareness For Healthcare Workers

Tech Industry

Transforming Security Awareness Training In The Tech Industry

NIS2 Compliance

Support Your Nis2 Compliance Requirements With Cyber Security Awareness Initiatives



From posters and policies to ultimate guides and case studies, our free awareness assets can be used to help improve cyber security awareness within your organisation.

Cyber Security Awareness For Dummies

An Indispensable Resource For Creating A Culture Of Cyber Awareness

Dummies Guide To Cyber Security Elearning

The Ultimate Guide To Implementing Effective Cyber Security Elearning

Ultimate Guide To Phishing

Educate Employees About How To Detect And Prevent Phishing Attacks

Free Awareness Posters

Download These Complimentary Posters To Enhance Employee Vigilance

Anti Phishing Policy

Create A Security-Conscious Culture And Promote Awareness Of Cyber Security Threats

Case Studies

Hear How We’re Helping Our Customers Drive Positive Behaviour In Their Organisations

A-Z Cyber Security Terminology

A Glossary Of Must-Know Cyber Security Terms

Cyber Security Behavioural Maturity Model

Audit Your Awareness Training And Benchmark Your Organisation Against Best Practice

Free Stuff

Download Our Free Awareness Assets To Improve Cyber Security Awareness In Your Organisation

MetaCompliance | Cyber Security Training & Software for Employees


With 18+ years of experience in the Cyber Security and Compliance market, MetaCompliance provides an innovative solution for staff information security awareness and incident management automation. The MetaCompliance platform was created to meet customer needs for a single, comprehensive solution to manage the people risks surrounding Cyber Security, Data Protection and Compliance.

Why Choose Us

Learn Why Metacompliance Is The Trusted Partner For Security Awareness Training

Employee Engagement Specialists

We Make It Easier To Engage Employees And Create a Culture of Cyber Awareness

Security Awareness Automation

Easily Automate Security Awareness Training, Phishing And Policies In Minutes


Meet the MetaCompliance Leadership Team


Stay informed about cyber awareness training topics and mitigate risk in your organisation.

How To Reduce Human Risk in Your Organisation

Human Risk

about the author

Share this post

Study after study shows that the human in the machine increases cyber security risk. Research from Stanford University and Tessian confirm this, finding that 88% of data breaches are caused by employee mistakes. But, even without statistical evidence, organisations have anecdotal proof that the human factor is behind many data breaches and other security incidents. To de-risk data breaches, you need to de-risk employees and non-employees.

Here is a guide to the kind of risks that humans add to an organisation and some ideas of how to reduce human risk.

To Err is Human

Defining what ‘human error’ means is important in working out how to minimise the risk of a human-related security error.

Human error can be broadly categorised into two areas:


Mistakes and errors happen, and when they do, the threat to an organisation increases. A typical example of oversight is an employee accidentally sending an email with sensitive information to the wrong person, aka, mis-delivery of an email.

Another example of an oversight is the misconfiguration of a cloud component such as a database. Yet another, is thinking it is OK to share a password with a colleague. Oversights cover the general area of the mishandling of sensitive data by employees that can lead to non-compliance, fines and loss of customer trust.


Social engineering scams increase human risk in an organisation. Social engineering scams, such as phishing emails containing malicious attachments or links, can increase human risk in an organisation.

Another example of an employee being tricked by a malicious actor is Business Email Compromise (BEC), a scam whereby a cybercriminal tricks employees into paying fraudulent invoices. Whether an employee is deceived or unintentionally causes a mistake, the result can be catastrophic. The FBI’s internet crime unit, IC3, report on BEC crime, for example, found that losses due to BEC in 2020 amounted to $1.8 billion.

5 Human Hacks that can Help Minimise Human Risk

Human-related risk factors can be mitigated by applying five human hacks that reduce cyber security risk:

1)   Break the Cycle of the Click

The user interface (UI) and the user experience (UX) are designed to make using a computer as easy as possible. The golden chalice is the ‘one-click’ experience and, wherever possible, UI designers work diligently to achieve this goal.

Unfortunately, this means that employees and other users end up not thinking before they click, as their UI/UX conditioning kicks in. MetaCompliance recently explored the issue of the automated click response in another post “Phishing Attacks: Why Don’t We Think Before We Click?”, in which we recommend the use of controlled phishing tests to change employees’ click behaviour. 

2)   Build a culture of security

Cyber-risk is everyone’s business. When building a cyber security culture, you should focus sharply on areas that increase risk in a business or a process, while being aware that there may be different or varying levels of risk depending on the department or even the employee. Cyber security culture-building exercises need to reflect the granular needs of a business, and by creating a culture of cyber security awareness, you can help to de-risk through knowledge. 

3)   Support better decisions

Many human errors that lead to increased cyber-risk are simply poor judgement. Human error covers a wide array of issues that lead to data exposure and other security incidents. Sometimes, it is simply a case of not having the information at hand to make a good decision. And sometimes, it is about putting structures in place, so that the wrong decision cannot be made. Security hygiene is a case in point.

Research from Yubico found that 69% of employees share passwords to make account access easier. To de-risk the human factor at work, teach staff about the importance of not sharing passwords, and back this up by enforcing the use of second factor authentication (2FA) to any apps that support 2FA.

4)   Cyber-hygiene to de-risk human error

Teaching employees about cyber-hygiene adds weight to the security hygiene issues mentioned above. Cyber-hygiene covers a range of areas and includes a clean desk policy that is enforceable. Best practice cyber-hygiene will minimise online security risks and keep IT systems healthy. It will also help in compliance with security standards such as ISO27001.

The practice of cyber-hygiene extends from employees into a general attention to IT system healthcare; this includes using appropriate tools to monitor potential threats, ensuring that digital certificates are updated, that patches are swiftly deployed, and so on. Good practice cyber-hygiene involves ensuring that any human error in the configuration of systems or in business processes, is caught before being exploited.

5)   Make people part of your layered approach to security

Employees are often the source of an increase in cyber-risk, but they are also where an organisation can de-risk the human factor. By ensuring that employees and non-employees are part of a layered approach to cyber-security, your company can ensure holistic de-risking of ‘people, processes, and technology’.

By engaging all staff in training, from the CEO to the most recently appointed, you cover all of the gaps where data can leak, or where security mishaps can occur.

Reducing Human-Born Risk

Employees are only human, and human beings make mistakes or can be socially engineered by cybercriminals. Knowledgeable and engaged employees can help to overcome the human risk in an organisation. A clear security strategy covering people, processes, and technology, will de-risk the human factor in any organisation. This strategy should employ security training programs to help build a culture of security that then enables your people to be your first line of defence against mistakes and manipulation.

10 Ways to Improve Staff Cyber Security Awareness

Other Articles on Cyber Security Awareness Training You Might Find Interesting