Why You Should Gamify Your Cybersecurity Training

With big data breaches occurring almost weekly, companies are looking for ways to tighten up their cybersecurity training. Information security risks continue to evolve, and employees must be educated on the latest security vulnerabilities and encouraged to adapt their behaviors to address such exposures.

The latest big data breach? Equifax. One of the nation’s three largest credit reporting companies was breached this summer, and the hackers stole social security numbers, birthdates, names, addresses and more. With so much at stake, companies are aggressively searching for more effective ways to train their employees and are increasingly turning to game-based learning.

A recent report suggests that human error caused 28% of data breaches last year. Companies have begun to prioritize training their staff to recognize security threats and prevent them from happening. Instead of turning to traditional training methods, businesses are looking for innovative and immersive solutions such as game-based training. Beaumont Health Systems is one such company that is taking extra precautions by gamifying their training content.

Scott Larsen, manager of cybersecurity operations for the company, explained, “Our previous security training was death by PowerPoint,” Larsen said. “It was very non-interactive, very sterile and uninteresting. It did not capture the interest of the end user. The responses we got was ‘this is not useful to me, it’s a waste of time, I don’t understand why it’s necessary,’ comments like that. The employee engagement was very challenging.”

Deloitte is another company that has gamified its training content. Marc MacKinnon, Cyber Risk Services Partner at Deloitte Canada, reported, “At Deloitte, we are seeing an uptake in innovative gamified cybersecurity training solutions. Organizations are creating online communities that enable employees to enter into friendly social competition and get rewarded to be security champions.”

It’s critical that companies help their employees understand the nuances of cyberthreats, and by giving them a safe place to simulate real-life situations, they are helping to prevent the next big data breach from human error. Integrating game-based training into cybersecurity training can be extremely beneficial to any organization.

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Source: Forbes