By taking a unified method, companies can empower their people to avoid threats and become an active defense in the fight against cybercrime.

FREMONT, CA: Resource challenges and environmental contexts often force those in security to decide which way or methods to include in awareness campaigns and in which quantities each should be deployed. Here are the four different types of security awareness training, in turn, the pros and cons of each, and an alternative, increasingly favored method.

• Classroom-based Training

Classroom-based training is what it sounds like. Attendees are taken away from their daily roles and take part in a workshop that sees an instructor headed them through the ins-and-outs of at least one security topic for at least a few hours. Classroom-based training replicates the principle teaching means used in primary and secondary education throughout places in the world.

• Immediate Feedback

The significant advantage of classroom-based training is the immediate feedback loop both class instructor and attendees get. Instructors can measure attendee engagement and adjust training accordingly. When things become stale, instructors can release a quiz, for instance. When attendees become distracted, instructors can start short breaks. Similarly, attendees get to probe instructors throughout the session. Participants can ask for clarification or request additional information and bespoke advice as needed and receive responses instantly.

• Culture of Safety

Classroom-based training can help promote a culture of security. Suppose business heads are willing to pull complete teams away from their normal roles for a whole day or more to talk solely about information security. In that case, people are likely going to see security as a true organizational priority.

• Visual Aids

There is no genetic link passing reading skills from one generation to another, and as individuals must rewire our brains to become literate beings. For many humans, reading is hard. Conversely, processing both visual tools and audio is easy. It is something humans can run inherently. Visual aids are simple to process compared to written messages, helping users communicate complex data quickly without overwhelming training participants.

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