Security Awareness Course Design Best Practices

By Andrei Antipov

A well-designed security awareness course on its own does not guarantee a success for your security awareness program. There are many other important factors, such as executive buy-in, or clearly defined goals, that should be in place. However, with a poorly designed course, your security awareness program is guaranteed to fail. Yes, you can still run the program for as long as your budget allows it. And your participation rates may be through the roof with the right incentive program. Research shows that 62% of organizations measure the effectiveness of their security awareness program by the fact that the course is completed. But you are not one of those 62%. You want to achieve what you really should want to achieve with your program, which is changing your employees’ behavior. And that means that you want your training to “stick,” so you better make sure your security awareness course is effectively designed.

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