Integrating Security Awareness Training Into Employee Onboarding

Integrating Security Awareness Training Into Employee Onboarding

Training your team on security awareness is an essential part of a successful security program. And, new employee onboarding is an optimal time to introduce your staff to your security best practices.


This is in large part due to the fact that they likely won’t know your company’s protocols for secure information nor how to securely navigate internal systems. Therefore, new employees will need guidance through the best approach to systems and processes. Here are some keys ways to incorporate cybersecurity awareness training into your program. 


What is Security Awareness Training?


The purpose of an effective employee onboarding program is to provide essential information and organizational socialization. During this time, organizations have an opportunity to go beyond meeting compliance regulations and helping employees to complete benefits enrollment paperwork.


The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) report “Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success” highlights research findings on the effectiveness of new employee onboarding practices. In the report, researchers found that formalized onboarding programs with a defined timeline and tasks are more effective than less structured (and no-structure) programs.


The report also found onboarding content planned ahead of time and delivered at the right time, fared better than other, less structured, teaching methods. Security awareness training benefits from a similar structure of regular lessons planned in advance. You can use the new employee adjustment period to build a team of security-aware employees while helping them become better acquainted with their new position. 


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