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4 Tips to Make Cyber Security Training Funnier


How do you maintain your team engaged and alert to the evolution of cyber security threats?


Whether through intentionally malicious behavior or human faults, the employees are the main risk to data and system security, without doubt. A recent Crowd Research Partners report found out that more than 90% of the organizations feel vulnerable to internal threat.

Besides using traditional training methods, companies are looking for more immersive solutions. That's when Gamification comes in.

Gamification is a process of people engagement and behaviour change, using the game mechanics in a non-game context. Mainly, it is about taking what is funny about games and applying it to situations that may not be so amusing.

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Thanks to gamification, organizations are finding new ways to raise awareness on their employees about the importance of cyber security, using gaming elements such as individual competitions, reward programs and much more.
Gamification can make the training process more exciting and attractive to the employees, raising the awareness about cyber security practices, including how to deal correctly with attacks.
You'll find below 4 ways to use gamification to improve the organization's cyber security approach:

1 - Recognize positive behaviours about good cyber security practices

Employees represent a significant risk to the company's confidential data safety. Through gamification you are able to reward them when they follow the rules - this will encourage good behaviour. For example, users can receive PINs when sending their first 10 emails without activating any data security alert - leading to a continuous positive behaviour.
After an employee has an impressive collection of PINs, encourage them to continue the good behaviour by rewards, such as gift cards or benefits in the company.

2 - Raise the frequency of the cyber security trainings

The majority of organizations is aware that the most efficient cyber security training occurs often, in other words, repeatedly throughout the year. However, this same majority of companies does not adheres to this training cycle because of lack of time and resources. Gamification allows employees to learn continuously and have an individual sense of responsibility about data safety and, consequently, alter their behaviour in the long term.

3 - Engage and motivate the users

The team must be encouraged to exhibit their badges (PINs) on their workspace and also the managers should be encouraged to recognize the users with good behaviour, putting the Raking of the Best in a visible place.

Through friendly ranking competitions and badges, the users can participate instantly in the game, whether they are remote or present in the company. This improves the internal communication and generates new relationships, increasing the employees' commitment in all departments.

4 - Monitor and measure the results

Measure the results:

  • Apply quizzes, tests and phishing simulations - measure the results.

  • Monitor the quantity of complaints.

  • Monitor the quantity of suggestions.

  • Monitor the quantity of new attitudes that are being practiced.

Did you know?

The term “gamification” was created in 2002 by Nick Pelling but was only disseminated since 2010. A simple definition is that it is about the use of gaming elements in a non-gaming context, with the objective of boosting the user involvement and fidelity and also motivating the desired action.

Games are one of the most powerful behaviorist motivators and anyone can like games if the right reason is presented to them.

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This article is based in Mark Stevens interview for Digital Guardian, with Vinícius Rodrigues opinions, from Perallis Security.

Source: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/cybersecurity-training-tips

Source: https://forbes.uol.com.br/negocios/2019/01/conheca-as-tendencias-em-gamificacao-para-2019/