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Cyber security training once a year doesn’t work!

Olly Denhard
Olly Denhard
Founder, IT Trouble Free

With cyber-attacks rising, staying one step ahead is crucial to protect your business from potential breaches. So, keeping your team up-to-date on the latest cyber threats is essential.

Annual training has become a routine part of many organisations’ calendars, and that’s good. However, the problem is that annual cyber security training alone isn’t enough anymore.

Ask any security leader, and they’ll tell you… employees find it time-consuming and uninspiring. Clicking through slides to skimming through videos at double speed is usually seen as just another box to tick. And let’s be honest, even for those who do engage with the training, there’s little evidence it leads to real behaviour change.

That’s because the traditional approach lacks interactivity and doesn’t connect with employees on a personal level. It’s become more about ticking boxes than building a culture of cyber security vigilance.

The good news is that there’s a better way.

It’s about small, regular, human-centric interventions. Think of it like the speed signs you see when you’re driving. They remind people to stop and think before they engage in risky behaviour. Just as the signs work for driving, this training style makes your employees more aware of what they’re clicking.

By nudging employees toward safer decisions in real time, we can help them develop better cyber hygiene habits without overwhelming them with information overload. It’s about empowering them to make smarter choices every day.

And with the amount of Generative AI and third-party tools we’re surrounded by right now, it’s more important than ever to give employees the guidance they need to navigate potential risks. Whether through real-time coaching or policy reminders, we can help employees understand the importance of safeguarding sensitive data.

So, while there may be a place for annual training, it’s time to consider using a more proactive approach to cybersecurity education.

The IT Trouble Free team is happy to help you with this, so if you want to learn more, get in touch.