The value of developing an annual plan for your compliance training
How many times have you taken a course, then three weeks after the course is over, you think to yourself, I probably remember about half of what I was taught, if that? Well, you aren’t alone, and in order to effectively communicate the importance of security best practices, we need to supply learners with as many tools as we can to ensure they understand, retain and implement what they have learned.
This is why it is important to develop an annual plan that includes different touch points throughout the year. We have helped many clients adopt the strategy of offering mini-modules (2-3 minute topical videos) throughout the year, accompanied with posters, newsletters and other internal reminders. These augment the annual compliance course (complete with activities and quizzes) which is also available as a shorter refresher course.
In addition to mini-modules another idea is to offer a custom video from your leadership. This provides a personal touch and re-iterates how vital it is to keep your organization secure. We want learners to understand that security is their responsibility, and by utilizing multiple tools annually, this will be reinforced through multiple channels.