Security Awareness, LMS, and a Slack LMS
November 7, 2022
As we wrote recently, learning management systems (LMS) are general purpose training platforms whereas most security awareness platforms are specific to security and human risk. The most specific and standard feature of security awareness is phishing simulators. There is no analog for this in an LMS.
The most successful model we’ve seen used is to implement a security awareness platform and an LMS but to ensure the two platforms are integrated. Integration points can be on training assignment or training completion / progress, or both. This ensures one source of truth for training and one way to assign training while allowing for best of breed content and tools (phishing) from a security awareness vendor.
But, the LMS + security awareness platform issue becomes more complicated when security awareness market themselves as an LMS. This is common in the market (quotes from website of security awareness vendors):
Security awareness companies need core LMS features to enable customers to be able to get value from their training content.
The core features of an LMS are required to offer security awareness training. What are these core features:
Most LMS vendors market additional features but fundamentally the 4 listed above represent the core features of what should be considered an LMS.
At Haekka, we built all the features of an LMS into Slack. Our vision has been to build the next generation of security awareness. And we feel confident we are starting to realize that vision. But, we have also seen companies start to do other types of training in Slack.
What is a Slack LMS? An LMS has a set of core required features, which we listed above. A Slack LMS integrates Slack into the workflows of all of these features. Doing Slack notifications for training, which some LMSs claim as “Slack LMS” is simply a Slack notification setting for training, not an actual Slack LMS.
Below is what each core LMS feature looks like in a Slack LMS:
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