Are you one of those cyber security managers who find it frustrating that your employees are not taking security awareness training sessions seriously?
Fret not, for you are not alone. Let’s put yourself in their shoes.
Would you enjoy sitting through a boring monologue filled with technical jargon?
If your answer is no, it’s time to shake things up!
The truth is, it is impossible to survive without security awareness in a world where someone or the other is constantly falling prey to cyber attacks. It is essential that your workforce understands its significance and does not treat it as just another onboarding task to tick off.
To help your employees have an enjoyable training experience, you should be able to keep them engaged and wanting to learn more.
How is that possible? Let’s get started!
What makes a High Impact Cyber Security Training Program?
1. It should engage your workforce and keep them hooked
There is nothing as dreadful as a training session that is dry and uninteresting. The more fascinating you can make your cyber security training, the more interested your employees will be in attending the session.
2. Tailor courses to be role specific
Including game scenarios, interactive tools and practical examples will make the activity a wholesome experience. Not everyone in your company has the same security responsibilities. So create courses that match specific roles.
Any employee will be more than willing and curious to attend these training sessions if they understand the impact it will have on their job role. So, make your sessions fun, relevant and impactful by tailoring courses to meet specific roles.
3. The training should cover all mandatory cyber security regulations and laws
You know what – knowledge is a superpower! So you must cover all the relevant cyber security regulations and laws that apply to your firm. It can be made interesting by using real world examples that illustrate the importance of compliance.
Now that we have set a base, let’s dive straight into the five tips that will revolutionize your cyber security training.
How to create a High Impact Cyber Security Awareness Training Program?
- Utilise gamification and scenarios
- Ensure the training is relevant by covering the latest cyber risks
- Make sure to cover all the mandatory cyber security laws and regulations
- The training should align with the company’s cyber security policies, brand and culture
- Keep assessments to measure the impact of learning
1. Utilise gamification and scenarios
Since we are trying to create a fun, engaging and memorable training experience, gamification and inclusion of live scenarios helps you achieve just that. Providing incentives like badges, points, rewards etc, can be a great source of motivation for your employees.
2. Ensure the training is relevant by covering the latest risks
The cyber security technology and threat landscape is ever evolving. With people being exposed to newer security threats like AI based attacks it is critical that your organisation keeps up to date with the training topics. It needs to include all the latest threats and trends happening in cyberspace.
3. Make sure to cover all the mandatory cyber security laws and regulations
Take a look at the prevalent cyber security laws. These need to be covered under the training sessions provided to your employees. It helps to ensure that your courses meet a certain standard.
4. The training should align with the company’s cyber security policies, brand and culture
There is no point in indulging in training sessions that do not have any use in your workplace. It makes the training even more bothersome for your employees. Tailor your training courses to match your company policy and culture.
5. Keep assessments to measure the impact of learning
You can have assessments, like in school, to test your employees’ understanding of security training. This will help them evaluate their learning curve and give them a sense of accomplishment upon successful training completion. You can use these assessments to identify where your employees may require additional support and curate sessions accordingly.
In addition to the above, here’s a pro tip :
Invest in micro learning courses
Now, if you are wondering what they are, don’t worry we have got you covered.
Micro-learning courses are miniature, bite-sized learning packages that break down complex theories into engaging, fun, and easily understandable formats. Anyone can complete these courses in a 5-10 minute span. What makes them attractive is that they can help employees recall and remember complex information quickly.
Security Quotient has designed a platform called the Learning Hub to attain this goal. Our Cyber Security Research Team carefully curates the courses, and it covers a range of topics on cyber security. Anyone can access them from anywhere and on any device.
For more information, visit https://securityquotient.io/learning_hub today.