Cost-Effective Training Options
Cost-effective training options
Fortunately for regulated organizations, a variety of cost-effective training options are available that can be used to teach every employee how to reduce risk by bringing security best practices into their everyday work environment. These flexible training products and services can teach doctors, for example, that opening attachments from unknown and unverified sources is high-risk behavior. Or they can teach fast-food franchise managers that it's easy for a hacker to guess that the password "burger_and_fries" could grant access to a corporate intranet. Or these training products and services can teach hospital employees that just because a file is stamped with the initials "HIPAA" (the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) doesn't mean it's secure.
Benefits of effective training programs
Choosing a security and compliance training vendor and program for your workforce may seem like a difficult task. The good news is that there are countless numbers of online and on-premises options available. An effective training program needs to address the specific requirements of your organization.
When evaluating a vendor and a training program, make sure that, at a minimum, they can provide your employees with these eight benefits:
Benefit No. 1: Basic training in major industry regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), HIPAA and other compliance-specific courses
Benefit No. 2: On-demand, Internet-based options that can extend training to a distributed and diverse workforce on a 24/7 basis
Benefit No. 3: Compatibility with your organization's current learning management system (LMS) to ensure that it is easy to integrate the training program into your organization
Benefit No. 4: A metrics feature that enables your organization to track participation, course completion and knowledge retention
Benefit No. 5: Real-world training delivered through courses developed by subject matter experts who have completed compliance and security assessments within your industry
Benefit No. 6: Interactive, media-rich content and curriculums that encourage student participation and knowledge retention
Benefit No. 7: Constantly updated best practices, security and compliance knowledge
Benefit No. 8: Flexible pricing options that respond to your budgetary requirements
Training is an important and vital component of any information security strategy. Make sure that you implement an effective training program that fits the needs of your organization. Your reputation, continued customer loyalty and even the organization's financial position can be negatively impacted by a data breach that proper training could have prevented.
Barry Cooper is Vice President of Training Services at FishNet Security. Barry has over 20 years of experience in IT. He has designed and provided training for technical courses for over 15 years. He has significant expertise in systems analysis, programming, and network engineering. Barry is responsible for security education services, operations, management and leadership of the FishNet Security's training organizations. In addition, he manages vendor, security and distance learning product development.
Barry has over 70 high-level security and technical certifications including CISSP, JNCI (Juniper instructor), CCSI (CheckPoint instructor) and CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer). He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the United States Distance Learning Association. Barry earned a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Calvary Bible College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Education. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.