What are the 4 Types of Security Training
February 23, 2023
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Security training is a vital part of keeping organizations safe from cyber-attacks. So vital, we built a platform to integrate security training, knowledge, and thinking into the apps and workflows of all employees. Cyber attacks of all kinds are on the rise. Every employee, system, app, or data source is a target.
But what exactly does "security training" mean? There are different types of security training that organizations can use to protect their data, systems, and personnel. In this blog post, we'll go over the four primary types of security training and what they entail. In subsequent posts, we’ll cover new and emerging types of security training.
Basic security awareness training is the most fundamental type of security training. It is usually designed for all employees and covers the basics of cyber hygiene. This is most frequently referred to as security awareness training. This type of training includes topics like password management, email security, social engineering, and safe browsing practices. The goal of this type of training is to raise awareness of the most common security risks and educate employees on how to prevent security incidents. This training addresses the training requirements in SOC 2.
Basic security awareness training can take many forms, including online training modules, classroom training, and posters. It's important to make sure that the training is engaging and effective in communicating the message. The biggest challenge with this type of training is that it is often delivered as one-size-fits-all training. While some people know nothing about security hygiene, others know a great deal, so one-size-fits-all training is often blown off or dismissed by some employees.
Technical security training is designed for employees who work with technology and IT systems. This type of training goes beyond the basics of cyber hygiene and covers more advanced topics like network security, malware prevention, and incident response. The goal of technical security training is to provide employees with the knowledge and skills to protect IT systems from cyber-attacks. This training is primarily geared towards engineering - developers, dev-ops, and admins. The most common type of training in this category is OWASP web application security training or OWASP Top 10. Technical security training is required by ISO 27001.
Technical security training can be delivered through online courses, workshops, and conferences. It's important to ensure that the training is tailored to the organization's specific IT infrastructure and systems, including training on managed cloud services.
Security management training is designed for managers and executives who have a direct role in the organization's cybersecurity strategy. This type of training covers topics like risk assessment, security policy development, business continuity, and incident response planning. The goal of security management training is to provide leaders with the knowledge and skills to manage and mitigate security risks as well as be able to report on cybersecurity to executive teams and boards.
Security management training can be delivered through workshops, conferences, and one-on-one coaching. It's important to ensure that the training is aligned with the organization's overall business strategy.
Compliance training ensures that employees understand and comply with regulatory requirements and industry standards. This type of training covers topics like data protection regulations, privacy laws, and industry-specific standards. The goal of compliance training is to help organizations avoid legal and financial penalties by ensuring that employees are aware of their obligations. This training often covers training on policies and procedures as well as employee acknowledgment of policies and procedures. In the US, at least, HIPAA training is the most common form of compliance training.
Compliance training can take many forms, including online courses, classroom training, and workshops. It's important to ensure that the training is up-to-date and aligned with the latest regulations and standards.
There are four primary categories of security training that organizations can use to protect their data, systems, and personnel. Basic security awareness training covers the fundamentals of cyber hygiene, while technical security training provides employees with advanced skills and knowledge. Security management training is designed for leaders who have a direct role in the organization's cybersecurity strategy, and compliance training ensures that employees understand and comply with regulatory requirements and industry standards. By using a combination of these types of training, organizations can create a culture of cybersecurity and protect themselves from cyber-attacks.
When it comes to security training, think differently about the approach to improve engagement and optimize effectiveness. Where and how can you embed security training into the work of employees? And how can you connect security knowledge to your workforce?
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