Train or entertain? Do both with this security awareness program plan [Updated 2020]

Security awareness and training is a vital part of any cybersecurity strategy. After all, human error is the root cause of a quarter of all breaches. For years, organizations have opted for mandatory, annual training that covers every cybersecurity topic under the sun, but does little more than check a compliance box, annoy employees and fall forgotten after a few weeks. More recently, organizations have chosen entertaining training content to remove the stigma of cybersecurity incidents and keep employees engaged.

The good news is you don’t have to choose between entertaining content and comprehensive training. Use a security awareness program plan to deliver engaging security awareness and training that will prepare your entire workforce for the greatest cyber threats they face.

What’s a security awareness program plan?

Security awareness program plans contain all the training resources you need to educate your workforce and a playbook to put it all together. This includes a wide variety of online and offline training resources and tools such as training modules, communication plans and simulated phishing emails to educate employees, assess their cyber-resilience and keep them engaged all year.

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Why should you run a layered security awareness program?

Layered security awareness training leverages every communication channel at your disposal to keep security best practices top-of-mind, rather than treating cybersecurity training as a mandatory chore. A layered awareness and training strategy typically includes computer-based training modules, assessments and phishing simulations run alongside email newsletters, digital banners, posters, infographics and more to frequently reinforce training online and offline.

Most importantly, a layered security awareness strategy leverages bite-sized, entertaining training content so employees stay engaged without disrupting their day-to-day tasks. By blending cybersecurity into your employees’ daily routine, you can build cybersecurity into the culture of your organization and inspire a cyber-aware workforce.

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