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Cyber Security Microlearning


September 18, 2019



Why Microlearning Is An Effective Way To Provide Cyber Security & Online Safety Training

Cyber security and online safety are essential to understand, particularly in corporate organizations where cybercrime has become commonplace due to technological advancement.

However, most corporate organizations train their employees on cyber security and online safety once or twice a year and expect them to remember each and every thing. Unfortunately, the human brain does not work that way. Learners need to be fed small pieces of information in regular intervals, sometimes in a repetitive manner for them to learn and remember something. This is exactly why microlearning is an effective way to provide cyber security and online safety training in corporate organizations.

In this article, we will discuss a number of other reasons for the essential implementation of microlearning into your employee training strategy.

1. Microlearning Provides Just-In-Time Training

The first thing every employee in an organizations must know is what to do in case of a cyber attack. Attackers are usually looking to steal important information by sending links or URLs to employees as bait, which once clicked on, allow them to steal the information they are looking for, or infect the system with a virus. This process is called phishing. Microlearning can help remind employees of anti-phishing measures again and again, and in case they accidentally click on a phishing link or URL, microlearning modules can also be used as just-in-time training to quickly learn what to do next.

2. Microlearning Can Quickly Be Adapted To Changing Cyber Security Trends

The cyber security industry is a fast-moving industry, due to the fact that cyber-criminals create new ways to attack systems and steal important information everyday. Thus, if organizations want to keep their data safe, they must make sure that their employees are up-to-date on the latest cyber security and online safety trends and measures. This can be rather difficult if traditional training methods are being used, as updating training material takes a lot of time. That is not the case with microlearning modules, as they can be changed at a moment’s notice due to their short duration and authoring tool accessibility. It also makes creating new microlearning modules to stay up-to-date with any new developments in the cyber-security industry significantly easier.

3. Microlearning Uses High Quality Visuals To Engage Learners

If you want to attract and withhold the modern learner’s attention, it is pivotal to use high-quality visuals. This is something advertisers and marketers have known for ages and something the learning and development (L&D) industry is rightfully catching on to. The modern learner is familiar with high quality graphics, images and videos, and that is what engages them. Any thing less than that and they will not give it a second glance. Video-based and interactive microlearning is a great way to provide cyber-security and online-safety training to employees, as it can be used to show a step-by-step process that employees need to follow to stay safe, while being providing high-quality content in a form preferred by modern learners.

4. Microlearning Can Be Quickly Translated Into Multiple Languages

Corporate organizations are becoming global. Even start-ups these days begin with immense planning and provide a goal to go global soon after their initiation. However, with an organization’s offices spread around the world, there comes the challenge of keeping learning courses uniform. However, given that languages differ geographically, organizations must make sure that their cyber-security and online-safety training, at the very least, is translated into several languages. This would usually mean added costs and the utilization of a number of resources, but not with microlearning. As microlearning modules are short, and sometimes consist of animated illustration and graphics that do not need translation, their translation does not require much effort, if any at all. Good authoring tools, such as that provided by SC Training (formerly EdApp), automatically translates content into over 100 languages.

It must be noted that microlearning is not to be used as a standalone learning approach, and should be used a complementary or reinforcement technique along with full cyber-security and online safety training conducted either through traditional classroom methodology or traditional eLearning.

Microlearning is the digital learning approach of the modern world. Soon, implementing microlearning in their employee learning and development or training programs will become a necessity for corporate organizations. Why wait for that time when you could implement microlearning into your L&D programs today, and gain a competitive advantage over other organizations?

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Guest Author Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.

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