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Why Annual Cybersecurity Training Isn't Enough Anymore

We all recognize the importance of keeping our teams updated on the latest cyber threats. With cyberattacks on the rise, staying one step ahead is crucial to safeguard your business from potential breaches.

Let's face the truth – the traditional annual cybersecurity training is no longer cutting it.

While it's a routine part of the calendar for many organizations, it often becomes a mere checkbox exercise. Security leaders know this well – employees find the training time-consuming and uninspiring. From clicking through endless slides to skimming videos at double speed, it's just another task to complete.

Even for those who engage, there's little evidence it results in meaningful behaviour change. The traditional approach lacks interactivity and personal connection. Instead of building a culture of cybersecurity vigilance, it merely ticks a compliance box.

But there's a better way. Small, regular, human-centric interventions can make a significant difference. Think of it like those speed signs you see while driving, which prompt drivers to stop and consider their speed before engaging in risky behaviour. Similarly, this kind of training makes employees more conscious of their actions.

By nudging employees toward safer decisions in real time, we can help them develop better cyber hygiene habits without overwhelming them with information. It's about empowering them to make smarter choices daily.

With the explosion of generative AI and third-party tools, it's more important than ever to guide employees in navigating potential risks. Real-time coaching and policy reminders can help employees understand the importance of protecting sensitive data.

While annual training still has its place, it's high time we adopt a more proactive approach to cybersecurity education. We're here to assist with this transition. If you're interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun!

(TYYV) The Yada Yada Version:

Annual cybersecurity training isn't enough and yada yada yada small, regular, human-centric interventions are key to fostering better cyber hygiene habits.

Mitch Redekopp
Article Written by Mitch Redekopp

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