Department of Homeland Security Offers Awareness and Training Tools to Boost Workforce CyberIQ

A common concern and complaint we hear from CISOs, CCOs and healthcare educators is that a good Security Awareness and Training Program, complete with those pesky “security reminders” required under HIPAA is hard to construct and maintain. We encourage our clients to leverage trustworthy, third-party content, like what you can find from the Department of Homeland Security.

What constitutes good content that engages the workforce and furthers their understanding of these complex topics?  Who gets trained on what topics and at what depth? When is the best time to introduce new content? How do we put it all together, deliver it and pay for it?

It’s a daunting task. The OCR investigations and audits tell us that we don’t do it particularly well. But we have not met a single organization that believes that it does a particularly great job at this either. Any educator will tell you that there is both art and science to doing it well.

In a future webinar we will address this topic – what makes for truly effective cybersecurity workforce education and training – but until then, we want to introduce you to some FREE resources and tools that you can leverage TODAY to enhance what you are doing.

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.

One tip as it relates to effective awareness and education: when you make it personal, you make it sticky. This is why we like the resources offered by DHS; they connect personal awareness and behavior to professional awareness and behavior.

You could fill your future pipeline of security reminders with content and/or resources from DHS which you can find here:

Reserve your resources for the elements of your awareness and training program that need to be unique and that only you can do – modules on your unique policies and procedures, for example. Leverage trusted, third-party resources to round out your program.

Want help validating or enhancing your privacy, security or data management education efforts? Visit us at and drop us a note. Our team would love to help.

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