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Cybersecurity Training Can Be a Bore, but It Doesn’t Have to Be

Cybersecurity Training Can Be a Bore, but It Doesn’t Have to Be

March 26, 2024

Cybersecurity training can be an overwhelmingly annoying issue for everyone. Unfortunately, it’s a must. Understanding the reasons behind this reluctance can help organizations tailor their training programs to be more engaging and effective. In this month’s newsletters, we go into four common reasons why employees might harbor disdain for cybersecurity training.

Perceived Irrelevance

One of the primary reasons employees despise cybersecurity training is the perceived irrelevance of the content. Many training programs inundate participants with generic information that doesn't seem applicable to their day-to-day tasks. Employees may feel that the training is disconnected from their day-to-day work roles, leading to overwhelming disinterest and frustration. To overcome this uninterest, organizations should customize training to fit in with an employee’s specific job, using it as an opportunity to demonstrate how cybersecurity practices directly impact organizational security.

Monotonous Delivery Methods

Traditional cybersecurity training often relies on monotonous delivery methods, such as lengthy presentations or antiquated videos that outline scenarios that are irrelevant to particular employees’ job functions. As with any training, employees can quickly lose interest when faced with unengaging content and may view training sessions as a huge waste of time. Organizations should explore more interactive and dynamic training approaches, incorporating simulations, more strategic methods such as gamification, as well as scenarios that are relevant to them. This not only makes the training more enjoyable but also enhances retention.

Fear and Anxiety

Some of your most anxious employees associate cybersecurity training with fear, perceiving it as a constant reminder of potential threats and their own vulnerability. This fear can be exacerbated by an emphasis on punitive measures for non-compliance. Organizations should create a culture of shared responsibility and empowerment to create a more positive learning environment. Highlighting the benefits of cybersecurity awareness for individuals and the organization can help shift the perception from fear to a proactive mindset.

Lack of Feedback and Recognition

Employees often invest time and effort in completing cybersecurity training modules, but the lack of feedback and recognition can demotivate them. Recognition programs, such as acknowledging successful completion of training milestones or showcasing best practices, can instill a sense of accomplishment and motivate employees to participate actively. Constructive feedback can also help employees understand the impact of their efforts on understanding cyber security initiatives. 

If your business struggles with its cybersecurity initiatives, the IT experts at First Column IT can help. Give us a call at (571) 470-5594 today to see how we can help you protect your business from the myriad of cyber threats out there.

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