New Security Culture Maturity Model


KnowBe4 has announced it has introduced the new Security Culture Maturity Model. Developed by KnowBe4 Research, the model is fueled by KnowBe4’s massive security awareness, behaviour and culture dataset.

Security culture is defined as the ideas, customs and social behaviours of a group that influence its security. KnowBe4’s Security Culture Maturity Model is an evidence-driven framework for understanding and benchmarking the current security-related maturity of an organisation, industry vertical, region or any measurable group. It establishes five different maturity levels based on a variety of factors:

  • Level 1: Basic Compliance
  • Level 2: Security Awareness Foundation
  • Level 3: Programmatic Security Awareness & Behavior
  • Level 4: Security Behavior Management
  • Level 5: Sustainable Security Culture

“Security culture is a concept that is often discussed but rarely understood,” said Kai Roer, chief research officer, KnowBe4. “This new and groundbreaking maturity model will provide organisations with the ability to gain more insight into where they stand regarding security-related maturity. The KnowBe4 Security Culture Maturity Model will equip security leaders with a definitive guide based on decades of research in this area to help them advance their security culture by leveling up their efforts.”

“I am particularly excited about this model because it has the potential to offer the world a data-driven, real-world look into the evolution of security culture maturity,” said Perry Carpenter, chief evangelist and strategy officer, KnowBe4. “We have defined scores of ‘Culture Maturity Indicators’ (CMIs) that, when evaluated in aggregate, allow this model to operate with unparalleled precision. Another critical factor we had in mind when developing this model is that we want it to serve the world; not just KnowBe4 customers. Of course, KnowBe4 customers will benefit from having added precision because their data can automatically feed the model, but we are also developing sets of measurement tools, worksheets and more that anyone will be able to benefit from.”