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    Cyber security awareness
    About the course

    Develop a more secure work culture with information security awareness workshops for employees.

    The most challenging area for an organisation to secure against cyber criminals is its employees and contractors. In fact, more than 80% of security professionals identify ‘people’ as the biggest challenge facing the security industry, according to a 2016 survey by the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).

    Helping employees to recognise the threats and understand how to defend themselves is key to fighting the rise in cyber attacks. Raising awareness and engaging staff helps them to become an extension of the security team.

    What you’ll learn

    In this practical security training participants will use provided templates to:

    • understand the key elements and considerations in creating a security awareness plan
    • develop a high-level strategic security awareness plan
    • identify specific deliverables around one or two topics
    • identify appropriate metrics for evaluating effectiveness.

    Course outline

    It takes time and persistence to create a security-aware culture. Security is often reactive and by creating a strong awareness programme we can be proactive by educating our campus communities to recognise threats. This workshop will focus on equipping attendees to leverage the most important trick of the trade: a strategic security awareness plan.

    The agenda for this workshop is as follows:

    • Lecture – a presentation on understanding key elements and considerations in creating a security awareness plan.
    • Hands-on participation part 1 – a workbook to help you create a high-level communications plan.
    • Hands-on participation part 2 – completing an Excel spreadsheet template to create your own institution-specific plan.

    How you’ll learn

    Training is carried out by a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), who is also an experienced coach and mentor. Both half-day and full-day virtual and classroom workshops are available. Each workshop is held live via video conferencing software as scheduled or as required for in-house training. Ideal for 6-12 attendees.

    Security consulting and customised security awareness programmes can be tailored to best suit your needs.

    Who is this training for?

    The session is suitable for:

    • cyber security awareness and training specialists
    • information technology personnel with cyber security responsibilities
    • people with technical and non-technical backgrounds.
    Course type
    Live online/Classroom
    Course duration
    Half/full day
    Course date
    Course tutor
    Ben Woelk

    Ben Woelk is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who also runs a leadership coaching and mentoring programme for aspiring leaders.

    As Programme Manager in the Information Security Office of the Rochester Institute of Technology – a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense – he has developed a leading information security awareness education programme in Cyber Self-Defence and teaches academic coursework in Computing Security. He also teaches a seminar at the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference to help Cyber Security practitioners at universities and colleges understand how to think and act, proactively and strategically, in security awareness communications.

    Active in technical communications for more than 20 years, Ben is a frequent speaker at both techcomm and information security/risk management conferences. He shares his knowledge of infosec best practices at EDUCAUSE and is the author of an ebook called Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media: Staying Safe Online.


    Contact us today to arrange your course or for further information.