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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.

2020 Newsletter Topics


Jan: The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things, or IoT, provides unprecedented interconnectivity between humans and devices. From consumer appliances to smart factories and Industry 4.0, the modern landscape of data flow improves our lives. But it also increases security risks.

Feb: The Travel Issue
Whether for business, pleasure, or both, traveling presents a unique set of security concerns that require a unique set of security and situational awareness skills.

Mar: Identity Theft and Data Breaches
Even if you’re the most security aware person on the planet, massive data breaches can still compromise your confidential data and result in ID theft. This issue details not only how to prevent those breaches at work, but also the measures that must be taken immediately to ensure a quick recovery in your personal life should your data fall into the wrong hands.

Apr: Incident Reporting and Response
While the end goal of security awareness is to prevent security incidents, every organization must have a “just in case” plan in place. Incident reporting could be the difference between suffering long-term impacts and a fast, effective recovery.

May: Mobile Device Security
Mobile device manufacturers focus on convenience (access anything from anywhere!). Cybercriminals attempt to leverage that convenience by attacking app stores and intercepting communications. Cyber-aware citizens understand this tradeoff and combat it with responsible mobile device behavior.

Jun: The Privacy Issue
There are two basic versions of confidential data: the type we provide to acquire goods and services, and the type we handle at work. The Privacy Issue focuses on both of those aspects and identifies the rights and risks we have as consumers, and the responsibilities we have as security aware individuals.

Jul: The Trust Issue
In our personal lives, we trust organizations and entities with our confidential data. In our work lives, that trust is reciprocated by our consumers and clients. In both cases, cybercriminals and scammers attempt to gain and use our trust against us.

Aug: Personal, Family, and Home Security
The goal behind security awareness training is to arm end-users with information that protects organizations in every industry. But encouraging end-users to take that information home and apply it to their personal lives is the best way to build a culture that prioritizes security 24/7.

Sep: Nontechnical and Physical Security
Security doesn’t require a firm understanding of networks or computers. It also isn’t limited to phishing attacks and other internet-related threats. Protecting data—at work, at home, and on the go—leans heavily on common sense.

Oct: The Cybercrime Issue
Cybercrime goes well beyond data breaches and the exposure of confidential information. It can also lead to life-threatening scenarios or total disruption of services that millions of people rely upon every day.

Nov: Email Security
A simple click is sometimes all it takes to compromise entire cities, governments, and organizations of every industry. As such, this issue serves as a refresher for how email is used in cyber attacks and what end-users must know to prevent those attacks from being successful.

Dec: The Identification and Authentication Issue
From respecting privileged access, to strong password creation, to multi-factor authentication, maintaining security and preventing unauthorized access requires a proactive approach.

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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