Why Security Awareness Training

Computer-based awareness training can make for great foundational training for all your staff. Here we run through 4 reasons your organisation needs computer-based security awareness training

Considering implementing a security awareness training program? If so, a computer-based training program is well worth consideration. Whilst not an alternative to a well developed training strategy (security training should be an ongoing priority, with training based on functions within the organisation), computer-based awareness training can make for great foundational training for all your staff.In today's post we run through 4 reasons your organisation needs computer-based security awareness training.

1) Staff Can Train When They Have Time

A key benefit of computer-based training is that your staff can fit it around their work schedule. Rather than having to mark a day or two out for a training course, they can open up the software during downtime and cover the material then.This helps employees to stay productive, and minimises any impact on your employees' key responsibilities.

2) Great for Establishing Basic Knowledge

A computer-based security awareness training program is great for establishing the minimum knowledge that all of your employees need, from receptionists to senior management. A good program introduces basic concepts like: password best practices, email/web security, creditcard handling best practices, avoiding social engineering, securing mobile devices, staying safe on social media, secure remote working, how to use anti-virus software and physical security.These are all things that people throughout your entire organisation need to have knowledge of, and computer-based training software can rapidly be rolled out organisation wide.

3) Cheaper Than Conventional Training

The costs of enrolling your entire organisation in conventional training programs soon add up. There are two big costs that need to be considered:

  1. The cost in terms of lost productivity, of taking your entire company out of their day-to-day roles for a day or two to train.
  2. The cost in terms of training -- hiring trainers to educate your entire team.

Computer-based software is much more cost effective, saving your budget. Security awareness training software can start from as little as £60 per individual, and not having to take time out of the day minimises lost productivity.

4) Staff Can Easily Refresh Knowledge

With computer-based training software, it's easy for staff to refresh their knowledge. You can test staff on key concepts at regular intervals, and have them revise with the software in their own time. This is very different to traditional instructor-led training, where running a refresher exercise is a huge endeavour in itself, much akin to running the initial training program.Does your company use computer-based security awareness training? If so, have you seen any benefits from the training? Let us know in the comment section below.

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