Human firewalling

Learn five steps to promote secure behavior and address the human factor in cyber security

Fred Rica

Fred Rica

Principal, Cyber Services Sales Enablement Leader, KPMG US

+1 973-912-4524

What is human firewalling? 

The term human firewall is used to describe people who follow best practices to prevent as well as report any data breaches or suspicious activity. 

While firewalls and other technologies can be the bedrock of an organization’s cyber security program, they can’t protect everything. Many studies show that a large percent of reported breaches include some element of human error.

Employees are busy, and it’s easy for inattentive or uninformed workers to be fooled by malicious email. With remote working set to continue, it is more critical than ever that organizations protect themselves and their people from attacks.

T-Shirts and coffee mugs don't cut it anymore. A modern cyber security program projects a consistent message that cyber security is part of how we do business. Cyber security awareness needs to evolve from an event to an integral part of who we are as a company.
Fred Rica, KPMG Principal, US Cyber Security Services

In Human Firewalling, we explore the five steps to increase awareness and build an integrated, holistic approach to employee communication around cyber security. Read our paper to learn more about how to elevate employee behavior from conscious choice to integrated habits.


Take advantage of the science behind adult learning techniques



Use change management to reinforce behaviour



Make training more fun with innovative technology



Personalize the experience to make it memorable



Organize around a theme that's communicated regularly


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