Security awareness

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

January 9, 2020 by Tyler Schultz

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.

So you want to use a security awareness program plan?

At Infosec, we specialize in layered security awareness and training and have an entire library of program plans to help you run your own security awareness and anti-phishing training program.

Our new Need to Know Program Plan includes:

  • Training modules
  • Assessments
  • Campaign notifications
  • Phishing templates
  • Phishing education pages
  • Posters
  • Infographics
  • Stakeholder presentation
  • Digital banner
  • 12-month campaign calendar

The Need to Know series follows our help desk hero Anthony and his relatable coworkers as they explore the world of cybersecurity and learn to stay secure at work and at home.

The series covers each cybersecurity training topic recommended by NIST and includes simulated phishing training to serve as a comprehensive awareness and training program that will educate and engage your entire organization.

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Posted: January 9, 2020
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).