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It often feels like cybersecurity is mainly a concern for large corporations—more sensitive information to lose means more concern about security risks. The truth is, cybersecurity threats can affect all types of companies, and small businesses are the most likely to take the hardest blow. According to IBM, the average data breach costs $3.86 million—enough to put many organizations out of business.
Take data threats seriously by creating a cybersecurity-awareness training video for your company. By training through video, you’ll be able to use movement, characters, interactivity, and other engaging features to communicate the technical details of cybersecurity in a captivating way.
In this post, we’ll break down every step of creating a cybersecurity training video for employees, including:
Let’s dive in.
Cybersecurity is somewhat complicated: There are numerous cyber threats businesses can face that require complex, technical solutions. With so much potential ground to cover, it’s best to plan the content of your training video before production begins. By preparing your topics, you’ll be able to create an effective training video that successfully builds employees’ knowledge of cybersecurity.
To create effective educational programming, it’s best to consult with subject-matter experts first. In the case of cybersecurity, that’s the IT department. Set up a meeting with an IT professional at your company to understand what the focus of your cybersecurity training video should be.
These IT professionals don’t just have a solid technical understanding of cybersecurity; they also know how well your company’s employees understand cybersecurity. By helping employees resolve computer issues—slow loading times, disconnected Wi-Fi—on a day-to-day basis, IT professionals are aware of your colleagues’ cybersecurity blind spots and the areas where training is needed.
Set up a meeting with an IT professional at your company to learn more about employees’ cybersecurity knowledge, and brainstorm which topics your training video should cover. Consider asking the following questions:
You might think that including as much cybersecurity information in your video as possible will help employees build their knowledge. In fact, stuffing too much content into your training video will hamper learning.
Avoid cognitive overload by thinking carefully about which topics you should explain in your video. Instead of covering every aspect of cybersecurity, your training video should focus on threats that could have the greatest impact on your company.
Reflect on the conversation you had with an IT professional at your company. The cybersecurity issues that employees seem to know the least about, yet also present a serious threat to the company, are the subjects you should prioritize in your video. These topics might include the following:
A single training video should focus on no more than three subjects to boost retention and keep employees engaged.
You’ve researched cybersecurity concerns—both generally and at your company—and you’ve decided which topics your training video needs to address. It’s now time to actually create this video through filming and editing. We’ll provide several strategies in this section for crafting engaging and informative cybersecurity lessons through video.
Cybersecurity training programs can become overwhelming for employees, given how technical and detailed the lessons can be. Presenting this content in a microlearning style makes it easier for employees to absorb the information and stay focused.
Microlearning is a style of teaching in which information is shared in small bursts to maximize retention. By segmenting the content of your training video into smaller units, you’ll keep the information engaging and digestible for employees. Here’s an example:
To make it easier for employees to learn your cybersecurity lessons, keep these microlearning principles in mind as you edit the footage of your training video:
Cybersecurity is a complex subject, so employees may not retain everything in a video after watching it from beginning to end. Improve learning by adding interactive elements to your training video.
Interactive learning encourages employees to participate in the lesson and discover information rather than absorb it passively through just watching the video. Examples of interactive learning in a video include a quiz in between video clips, and a dynamic infographic that responds to clicks or cursor movement.
These elements make videos more engaging because employees must pay attention in order to interact with the lesson. Interactivity also helps to keep employees focused because the elements break up a video into short, digestible segments.
We recommend using Articulate Storyline to add interactive elements to your training video. The e-learning authoring platform integrates with Vyond, so you can seamlessly add interactive-learning elements into your videos. For example:
In terms of designing videos around interactive learning, here are a few tips to help you combine footage with interactive elements:
The value of your cybersecurity training video ultimately depends on its distribution. To ensure that the video has a positive effect on the company, you must make it as visible as possible. While every employee should watch this training video, your distribution should be focused primarily on two groups: new hires and employees who violate cybersecurity policies.
Though they are just starting at your company, new hires have a significant impact on your company’s cybersecurity from day one in their role. Many of their early tasks—setting up new accounts, being exposed to company files—could potentially lead to cyber threats if they aren’t well informed.
Instill positive cybersecurity habits early on by showing your training video to new employees in the early phase of onboarding. Providing this training session at the start of their employment will help to keep your company safe, both in the short term—as the new hire ramps up, and in the long term—as the employee builds a career at your company.
Collaborate with the rest of your team to determine how the video should be presented to new employees. You’ll need to determine:
Research shows that human error is the main cause of company data breaches. According to a Shred-it survey, 47% of business leaders reported that human error was the cause of a data breach at their company.
Often, the employees who make these mistakes don’t realize that their actions are careless. Given this lack of knowledge, employees who violate your company’s cybersecurity rules should be asked to watch this training video. Even if the employee has already watched the video, they should view it again to refresh their memory about positive data security practices.
Develop a plan for showing this video as a disciplinary measure:
Cyber threats have the potential to impact any type of company, big or small, and create millions of dollars in damages. To avoid catastrophic security risks, companies must educate employees through cybersecurity awareness training.
Video is an incredibly effective medium for educating employees about cybersecurity. The movement and interactivity of video will keep employees captivated even as they learn about such a dense, technical topic. Use the tips in this guide to plan, create, and distribute an engaging cybersecurity training video that helps to protect your company from cyber attacks.