Certified Security Awareness Practitioner Learning Path

Learn the basics of running a successful training and awareness program.

2 hours, 57 minutes

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  • Duration

    2 hours, 57 minutes

  • Assessment


About Certified Security Awareness Practitioner

Not all training and awareness programs are alike. Building a robust security awareness program is important, but it can be in vain in your employees don't buy into what you're selling and actually change their security behavior. Go “beyond compliance” to learn about sales and marketing techniques that can take a training and awareness program to the next level: engagement and behavior change. This course also includes security basics for soft-skilled professionals new to the security field, as well as how to leverage brain chemistry to be more effective. This learning path is designed for established security practitioners with existing security expertise who are new to the practice of security training and awareness and people with existing marketing and communications experience who are entering the field of security training and awareness. Any hacker will tell you that the easiest target isn’t a system or a technology; it’s people. In this learning path, you’ll learn how to engage your audience and create “pull” for your training and awareness. You’ll learn how to assess the security culture of your organization and map out a plan to improve it. You’ll learn how align your program to your organization’s goals and get executive support. You’ll learn how people learn, and how they consume media. You’ll learn how to create marketing personas and how to get the right message to the right person at the right time, increasing the likelihood of behavioral change.

You’ll also learn about: the awareness maturity model, measuring impact and engagement, integrating existing technology with your training and awareness program, and evaluating human risk.



Training and Awareness Basics Overview

Course - 00:06:00

What is security training and awareness and why is it a part of every good security program? In this course, we’ll cover why it’s necessary and how to justify the resources for a program.
Security Basics

Course - 00:28:00

In this course, we cover the NIST Framework and basic security terminology, including different types of attacks, the vocabulary of risk and terms related to policies and guidelines. This course is designed for soft-skilled individuals who do not have a technical security background.
Introduction to Training and Awareness

Course - 00:15:00

In this course, we’ll look at the current state of training and awareness and employee engagement. We’ll discover the biases that lead people to believe they don’t need security training, and the apathy and fatigue that they bring when they interact with security awareness content. Finally, we’ll look at the natural distractibility of human beings and how our awareness and training programs can take that into account by design.
Sales and Marketing Concepts and Techniques for Training and Awareness

Course - 00:39:00

This course explores sales and marketing concepts and techniques that can be leveraged for training and awareness programs. We’ll study the human attention span and how brain chemistry can be used to get and keep people’s attention. We’ll also cover marketing terminology and tactics, and concepts like marketing personas and the sales funnel.

Course - 00:19:00

What is a brand, and can it help your security program? How do I know a good image or graphic from a bad one? Should my program have a logo or a wordmark? We’ll answer all these questions in this course.
Program Execution

Course - 01:11:00

This course covers the nuts and bolts of program design, planning and execution. We include topics such as launching a phishing program, reporting metrics and how to manage repeat offenders. We look at learning science and learning styles. We discuss how to get the right message to the right person at the right time, when they are most open to learning.

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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