Spearheading a security awareness program is no simple task. Organizations tend to lack the necessary time, staffing, energy, and resources to create quality, effective training content in-house. Despite their best efforts, they’re often left with lackluster training that falls short in providing engaging learning opportunities and fails to inspire lasting behavior change. It isn’t just about engaging content, either. It is believed that cyber attacks occur about every 39 seconds. Lack of adequate training becomes a tremendous data security vulnerability to organizations if the learners are not retaining the cyber secure lessons taught in their training.
In order for an awareness professional to implement and nurture an effective awareness training program, they need to have the bandwidth to be adaptable and address relevant threats facing their organization. Otherwise, they’re left looking like they’re rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic; tirelessly, but ineffectively working without a cybersecure organization to show for it.
As a result, security awareness professionals are starting to look to third-party awareness training content vendors for some much-needed assistance. But with all of the options out there, sometimes sifting through and isolating an adequate third-party awareness training content vendor can be a difficult task on its own.
Ultimately, working with a vendor means working as partners. Awareness professionals need to have the supported content and training schedule, but because they know their organization’s needs best, they’ll need professional assistance overseeing the type of training to deploy to their learners.
The SANS Security Awareness Hero’s Guide to Awareness Program Victory
Have no fear, the solution is here! Just look to the latest guide from SANS Security Awareness, called The Hero’s Guide to Awareness Program Victory.
This engaging, comic-book stylized guide addresses essential elements involved in partnering with the right awareness training content vendor for a learning management system (LMS). By touching on these elements, awareness professionals will be empowered when selecting their third-party awareness training content vendor by looking for a vendor who will provide:
- Expert-led content that is sensitive to all learning preferences
- Content that adequately addresses relevant threats in the altering cybersecurity landscape
- Additional supplemental training to increase the likelihood of memory retention in learners
- Optional multi-language training for organizations spread across the globe
Also included is an exclusive checklist, which helps awareness professionals truly define the learning and program needs of their organization.
This checklist features comprehensive question suggestions to ask to the ideal vendor, including:
- “Are there levels of learning to your training content? If so, what does that look like?”
- “Can the content you provide be easily managed and/or updated?”
- “What if I have difficulties with the implementation of the program? What if I have questions after implementing or when it’s time to gather metrics?”
Provided next to each detailed question are key tips to keep in mind as you drive the dialogue with the vendors. By outlining these important tips, you can gather the bigger picture of what goes into a successful partnership with your vendor.
This free guide and checklist is now available for instant download. Because when the awareness training content conundrum strikes, you need to pair with the right content vendor to become the hero your program needs. Click below to download the guide to help take your program from zero to hero.