Cybersecurity training has a poor reputation. Security training sessions are often dry training talks, boring presentations, and examples that employees cannot relate to. When it comes to training, engagement is everything. Engaged professionals retain more information and can better put it into practice. So, how can your security training center keep its users engaged? According to a 2019 study, 88% of responders said gamification makes them feel happier when engaging in training. In this article at Security Affairs, PJ Bradley shares tips to gamify your cybersecurity awareness training programs.
How Can Your Security Training Center Benefit from Gamification?
Gamified learning for security compliance and awareness has become a powerful motivational strategy. Effective gamification techniques include quizzes, interactive videos, short films, cartoons, and plots that entertain users while promoting essential facts such as phishing, ransomware, and other cyber threats.
Tips to Infuse Gamification
“There are many benefits to gamifying your approach to cybersecurity awareness training, all of which contribute to the goal of educating employees and decreasing risk,” says Bradley. So, how can your security training center infuse a gamification strategy into its programs?
Use Visual Aids: Pictures and videos can help your security training center get the information across to employees faster while keeping them engaged.
Keep Training Shorter: Ten-minute sessions every day for over six weeks will be more effective than a three-hour continuous session.
Add Fun Elements: Put employees in a situation that mirrors a real-life cyber attack. Furthermore, allow them to practice how they will respond to it if an actual attack occurs.
Use Rewards: Rewards undoubtedly keep users motivated and incentivized.
Know Your Audience: Conduct in-depth research on what employees like, what motivates them, and what devices they use. Your study will provide a solid foundation to create an effective training program.
Training Must be Ongoing: Training must not be a one-time event. It must be a continuous process with rewards at certain milestones. This can help you keep professionals engaged over the long term.
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