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Reinforcements for Security Awareness Programs

Keep your messaging fresh and in the forefront of your users’ minds with content that reinforces the lessons most important to your organization.

Reinforcement content is not scored nor usually tracked in a formal way, and information is conveyed through a variety of modalities to appeal to different types of users. You will find that when you employ reinforcements successfully, users will learn about twice as much as they would from more traditional, formal training.

This type of content includes monthly newsletters, security video modules, and Security Documents.

Monthly Newsletters

Our popular magazine-quality newsletter offers you an easy way to keep your staff up-to-date on policies and best practices. By presenting important information in a non-technical, conversational tone that appeals to a wide variety of audiences, we make security awareness easy to understand (and fun to read!).

Consistency is vital to the success of any awareness program. Monthly newsletters are a proven way to reinforce and create this consistency!

Reminding users of important messages and policies each month in an approachable, fun manner will help you take strides towards establishing a strong culture of learning and security awareness within your organization, as well as leveraging more informal learning opportunities.

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Newsletter Topics & Schedule

Each month, our content is written according to a list of topics we release before the beginning of each year.* This allows the newsletter to remain current while focusing on all of the important issues.

We recommend planning your entire year’s security awareness program around these topics, providing microlearning opportunities (such as posters, games, or videos) along with the newsletter. We often cover the same topics every 12-18 months, addressing them from a different perspective or angle.

* Topics are subject to change based on important infosec issues and/or to stay relevant with up-to-date news.

2021 Newsletter Topics


Jan: The Human Firewall Manifesto
An organization’s security is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why it’s vital to focus on the most important link in the security chain: people. The “Human Firewall Manifesto” establishes the principles of what it means to be a strong, security-aware individual, regardless of job titles or responsibilities, and helps organizations develop a culture that prioritizes security as a way of life.

Feb: Fundamentals of Security Awareness
Security awareness is not so unlike any other skill: it requires practice to sharpen technique and strengthen weak spots. From sports to martial arts to acting, even the most talented people improve their game by constantly focusing on the fundamentals of their craft. In this edition, we apply that concept to information security and highlight the fundamentals that eliminate security risks.

Mar: The Age of Disinformation - How Social Media Threatens Security
Social media is one of the most powerful tools of this generation. But when mishandled, it becomes a threat to our security and mental well-being. Bad actors purposely spread disinformation to manipulate emotions and generally cause chaos. We should train ourselves to spot these malicious campaigns and prevent the threats they pose to both organizations and individuals.

Apr: Protecting Data and Preventing Breaches
We’re one click away from a ransomware attack. One lost smart device or one misplaced badge away from unauthorized access. One bad password away from compromised accounts. In short, data breaches and other security incidents are rather easy to come by. Thankfully, preventing those incidents doesn’t require complex solutions. It does, however, require security aware employees who understand their roles as defenders of data.

May: Hacking the Human
What’s the root cause of most data breaches? Human error. Social engineers and scammers know that the most effective way to gain unauthorized access is by targeting human emotions and influencing people to make bad decisions. In this month’s edition, we focus on the heart of cybersecurity by demonstrating how social engineers hack humans, what to do if you fall for a phishing attack, and why it’s vital that every employee, from the CEO to the front desk, knows how to spot scams.

Jun: The Compliance Issue
Compliance regulations vary by industry and country, but they all center around one global goal: privacy. Our personal data flows through countless entities and organizations that use it to grant us goods and services. Without compliance, there could be no governing of how data should be collected, stored, transmitted, or destroyed. The Compliance Issue focuses on those concerns and serves as a refresher of why these regulations represent a vital part of privacy and security.

Jul: Security Awareness Culture
Culture traditionally refers to the shared customs, arts, and other characteristics of specific groups of people. Similarly, the security awareness culture of an organization refers to the shared human effort of protecting information. It’s this shared effort that shapes employee behavior and ultimately defines the strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s security profile.

Aug: The Malware Issue
From encrypting data to stealing login credentials, malicious software comes in various forms and serves a variety of purposes for cybercriminals. In this month’s edition, we cover the damage malware can cause to organizations and individuals, spotlight a real-life ransomware attack, and detail how malware infections can be avoided.

Sep: Remote Security
Remote workers, whether traveling for business or working from home, face additional security threats not found in traditional office environments. As such, these employees must upgrade security awareness skills to account for their surroundings. Remote security also includes ensuring that mobile devices are safeguarded from both cyber attacks, and loss or theft.

Oct: Privacy Basics
Is there a difference between privacy and security? How does targeted advertising work? Why is using Google, and some other online services, free? This month, we answer those questions and more while the basics of data privacy take center stage, including the what, why, and how of personally identifiable information (PII)..

Nov: Secure Online Behavior
By design, the internet makes everything accessible, everywhere, for everyone, all the time. It’s also a permanent security risk that comes with great responsibility. Secure online behavior involves an understanding that our digital actions carry consequences. At work, that means properly handling confidential information and following organizational policies. At home, it means developing a mindset of personal accountability and remembering that the internet never forgets. What you share today, could harm you tomorrow.

Dec: Smart Security For a Smart World
Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the world has never been more connected and more convenient. This great convenience comes with a sacrifice. Smart devices collect a massive amount of personal information, which immediately raises security concerns. Our smart worlds, therefore, require smart security. In this month’s edition, we focus on the risks associated with the IoT and how data collection impacts all of us both personally and professionally.

Educational Videos

1-5 minute security “bytes” that cover a broad range of topics and include a wide variety of styles. These are great to use every month to keep security in the forefront of your employees’ minds.

Video reinforcements are an easy way to create informal learning opportunities for your employees. Short, focused, to-the-point, videos don’t require assessments and feel less like training and more like how your users already interact online.

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Security Video Bytes

Security video bytes, like our Cyber Confessions Series, make a great addition to any security awareness training program and will give your users lots of informal microlearning opportunities!

Our current collection of 70+ security video modules are created in a broad variety of styles, from animated scenarios based on true stories to educational documentary style using stock footage. They all provide practical action items and lessons your users can apply both at work and at home.

Security Documents

Security Documents can help keep your users engaged in your security awareness training program!

The key to creating a successful information security awareness training program is to reinforce key messages as often as possible. To do this, you must catch your users’ attention and hold it. That’s where our versatile Security Documents come in!

Security Documents are standalone pages, designed to be eye-catching enough to grab employees’ attention to create teachable moments outside formal learning. These are delivered as PDFs and can be used in a variety of creative ways. You can add these pages onto any other PDF (such as a newsletter or policy document), print them out to use as flyers in bathroom stalls or elevators, or combine them to create a customized magazine on a specific subject. It’s up to you!

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