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Overheard talking about security-awareness training



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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Security
security awareness
Too many companies rely on the computer-based security training courses that each employee must complete once a year to meet compliance requirements.” — Bob Rudis

Today’s Whatis.com Word of the Day is security awareness training, a formal process for educating employees about corporate policies and procedures for working with information technology (IT).

With all the pressures a busy security manager has to deal with, documenting end user security awareness is often low on the list.  That’s why computer-based training (CBT) is so popular.

Unfortunately, CBT can be boring.  It’s SO boring, in fact, that in education it’s often referred to as “drill and kill.”

At last, it seems as if security end user awareness trainers are taking a look at how elementary school educators keep drills interesting — they turn them into games and personalize them.

For instance, if you were an elementary teacher and had to get your students through a daunting amount of word problems to prepare students for standardized testing, you might substitute the names the textbook uses in the word problems for that of your own students and insert students photos or drawing next to the problem.

Or you might turn a drill into a game of Pictionary or Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.  The bottom line is that anything you can do to make learning fun is as important for adult learners as it is for young ones.

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