Security awareness

The secret to building a culture of cybersecurity

November 20, 2019 by Tyler Schultz

How would you describe your organization’s cybersecurity utopia? Along with a team of cybersecurity savants and state-of-the-art security tools, I bet you’d ask for a cyber-aware workforce built on an organization-wide culture of cybersecurity. While an unlimited budget might stand between your dream and reality, building a cybersecure culture at your organization is well within your reach. And because human error is the root cause of a quarter of all breaches, this one, achievable slice of cybersecurity utopia is likely your greatest tool to keep your organization secure.

Although there is no magic bullet to create cybersecurity culture change overnight, implementing a layered cybersecurity training and communication strategy will help keep security top-of-mind and make secure behavior a habit at your organization.

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What is layered cybersecurity training?

A layered strategy carries consistent cybersecurity awareness and training across every communication channel at your disposal. This approach relies on frequent and diverse communication to keep cybersecurity best practices top-of-mind all year. This means leveraging computer-based training and assessments, reinforcing lessons via your organization’s internal newsletters or intranet displays and keeping learner attention with posters, infographics and even in-person training.

Need to Know program plan

Layered strategies transform cybersecurity awareness and training from infrequent, disruptive assignments into recognizable, actionable information built into each employee’s day-to-day responsibilities. Not only does this make cybersecurity an approachable topic of conversation throughout your organization, but it also folds secure habits into the very culture of your organization.

The keys to making layered security awareness work

A layered security awareness and training strategy needs to engage, not annoy, your employees. Light, bite-sized training modules, brief messages and actionable tips help reinforce lessons without disrupting your employees’ days. And by delivering entertaining and relatable content, you can reposition security awareness and training as something your employees actually want to engage with.

It’s also important to carry a consistent theme across all training and communication touchpoints. This includes using the same design style and communication tone from your training modules and notification emails to the posters you hang up in the break room.

How can you get started?

Running a layered awareness and training program and building a culture of cybersecurity at your organization takes planning and coordination, but it doesn’t have to be hard. You can start by defining all cybersecurity topics you’d like to cover and each communication channel available at your organization. From there, you can build training and awareness materials to layer throughout the first year and beyond.

At Infosec, we made it even easier to run a layered security awareness and training program for the entire year. Our 12-month program plan includes over 100 themed training and awareness resources to prepare your entire workforce for the top cybersecurity threats they face.

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What’s included?

  • Training modules
  • Assessments
  • Campaign notifications
  • Phishing templates
  • Phishing education pages
  • Posters
  • Infographics
  • Stakeholder presentation
  • Digital banner
  • 12-month campaign calendar
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Posted: November 20, 2019
Tyler Schultz
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Tyler Schultz is a marketing professional with over seven years of experience delivering SaaS solutions to organizations of all sizes. As a product marketing manager at Infosec, he is dedicated to helping organizations build strong cybersecurity cultures and meet their security awareness goals. He helps the Infosec team push the boundaries of effective and engaging security awareness training with a focus on experiential learning, gamification, microlearning and in-the-moment training. Tyler is a UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater graduate and Certified Security Awareness Practitioner (CSAP).