Leveraging a Holistic Micro learning Strategy in Security Training

Leveraging a Holistic Micro learning Strategy in Security Training

While cybersecurity training sessions have become the need of the hour, experts recommend a holistic micro learning strategy to help employees take better actions during an attack

Despite continuous efforts, security training is still regarded as insufficient. Employees panic more often rather than apply their security training during a cyber-attack. A recent Intel Security research revealed that 90 percent of companies fail to identify phishing mail, which is considered to be the basic hacker strategy. With more sophisticated cyber-attack elements such as social engineering making appearances, cybersecurity risk is at an all-time high. Cybersecurity leaders are assessing the current situation to come up with better training strategies, and micro learning takes the top spot.

During an attack, employees cannot be scouring through their notes or racking their brains for suitable security approaches that they were taught during security training sessions months ago. Cyber-attacks need to be addressed immediately and micro learning can tap the information already ingrained in the employees’ minds. Experts believe it to be an ideal system of threat awareness education as it can be optimized in a way that information is recalled in unexpected, sudden, stressful situations.

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While it is widely known to allow short pieces of information to be retained by any learner in a short time, it is increasingly being leveraged by the security industry today. In the process, they have also uncovered some implementation inefficiencies. They state that for a successful implementation in an organization, the C suite has to understand the process itself and how it affects their employees before creating a security strategy.

Looking at micro learning as a holistic system can help such employees retain information better. Resilience by design can prove to be the best strategy. When security topics are narrowly focused during every security training session, learning one takeaway at a time is more plausible for employees. Experts urge companies to devise applicable content in order to imbibe micro learning with practical knowledge.

A University of Waterloo research reveals that people forget more than 80 percent of the information in less than a month. With micro learning, it becomes easier for companies to rely on their employees during cyber-attacks. Cyber information is on the surface of the mind and can be recalled without a lot of effort.

A core component of micro learning is to keep employees completely engaged in ongoing content. Research reveals that workdays have increased by nine percent globally, and information ingestion might not be very effective as employees are often engaged in company priorities apart from security training.

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InfoSec also conducted a survey to classify cybersecurity culture and measure results, systematically. It revealed micro learning to be one of the best strategies to increase employee engagement, boost takeaways retention during security training sessions, and also encourage employee behavior change.

Additionally, gamification can be a supporting cyber education strategy. Experts are beginning to recommend a gamified micro-course to help employees confront cyber-attack demonstrations by instinct. Experts strongly urge companies to leverage a micro learning strategy to fight against all cyber odds.

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