Learning Path

Certified Security Awareness Practitioner

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

What you will learn

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.

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Training and Awareness Basics Overview

Course — 00:05:30


Begin at the beginning with this course introducing you to security training and awareness.

Security Basics

Course — 00:28:25

K0003, K0004, K0005, K0007, K0104, K0145, K0162, K0412, K0480, K0487

Take a look at some fundamental security basics for soft-skill-focused learners.

Introduction to Training and Awareness

Course — 00:14:30

K0252, K0313

Take a look at what’s going on in the world of training and awareness, including potential obstacles and concerns.

Sales and Marketing Concepts and Techniques for Training and Awareness

Course — 00:38:56

K0243, K0245

Delve into the role of sales and marketing in security awareness and training.


Course — 00:18:46


Explore possible concerns on the creative side of security programs.

Program Execution

Course — 01:10:45

K0243, K0245, K0252

Move from theory to practice with this course on executing a security program.

The details

Learning path insights

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.

Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • All-Source Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Exploitation Analyst

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Plans & pricing

  • Infosec Skills Personal

    $299 / year

    • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
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    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
    • Skill assessments
    • Infosec peer community support
  • Infosec Skills Teams

    $799 per license / year

    • Team administration and reporting
    • Dedicated client success manager
    • Single sign-on (SSO)
      Easily authenticate and manage your learners by connecting to any identity provider that supports the SAML 2.0 standard.
    • Integrations via API
      Retrieve training performance and engagement metrics and integrate learner data into your existing LMS or HRS.
    • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Create and assign custom learning paths
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
    • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

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