Employees are part of an organization’s attack surface, and ensuring they have the know-how to defend themselves and the organization against threats is a critical part of a healthy security program. Security awareness training is all about teaching your colleagues and employees to understand the risks and threats; it also ensures that employees are fully awake to the consequences of failing to protect the organization from outside attackers. Every organization will have a style of training that’s more compatible with its culture. There are many options, including:
- Classroom training: This allows instructors to see whether learners are engaged throughout the process and adjust accordingly. It also allows participants to ask questions in real time.
- Online training: This scales much better than in-person training, and it will likely be less disruptive to employee productivity since learners can work through the content from any location at their own convenience. This can also allow learners to work through the material at their own pace.
- Visual aids: Posters in the break room cannot be a lone source of security awareness training, but when done effectively, they can serve as helpful reminders.
- Phishing campaigns: Nothing captures a learner’s attention quite like the realization that they’ve fallen for a phish. Of course, learners who fail the phishing test should be automatically enrolled in further training.