The art of a good security awareness training is to pick up all participants. Regardless of which learning media are preferred and what the individual learning speed is. This is a real challenge, to which we at IT-Seal dedicate ourselves with our awareness trainings. The forgetting curve is an additional complicating factor. Because the knowledge that is imparted in training courses within a company is quickly forgotten again.
Practice Makes Perfect
In a nutshell, the Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve states that learning content must be repeated several times before it is permanently memorized. The curve itself illustrates the degree of forgetting as a function of time. The more time passes, the more is forgotten.
After just one hour, only half of what has been learned remains in the memory, and after one day, only a third. One week after learning, on the other hand, the memory capacity has already shrunk to 23%; only 15% of what has been learned is permanently stored.
Is learning then of any use at all? Yes, if you do it right. If you learn regularly and practice or repeat what you have learned over and over again, the stored information remains permanently anchored in your mind. We at IT-Seal make use of this knowledge with our Security Awareness Training. Our training is structured in such a way that the security behavior of employees is trained in a sustainable way. Through our Target-ESI® agreement we can individually consider the training goals of each participant and thus create an optimal learning curve. In this way, we succeed in anchoring the important topic of security awareness in the minds of the participants.
Automatisms are desired
A good Security Awareness Training repeats the contents so long and often, until the knowledge is anchored in the long-term memory and automatisms are formed in everyday life. For example, the sender of each e-mail and its attachments are carefully checked before opening.
If IT security training is only undertaken once – for example, in the form of a block training session – it is highly likely that the participants will have forgotten most of the content after just one week. In other words, if things are not repeated, at the end of the day the simpler, faster, and old behaviors will reappear – and prevail.
Security awareness training is therefore an ongoing process. The reason for the training must be repeated over and over again. The training must happen again and again. And the content must be presented to the participants again and again using a wide variety of media.
All this is taken into account in our Security Awareness Training. IT-Seal picks up the staff at every level of knowledge, makes it clear why security awareness is so important and ensures that the content learned is repeated.