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3 Questions Every CISO Should Ask Their Security Awareness Teams

June 21, 2023  | By: Stephen Boals

Is Your Cyber Training Cutting Edge?

Cybersecurity threats continue to grow and evolve, making it more important than ever for organizations to prioritize cybersecurity awareness and training, and move away from legacy content-based training systems. Modern and updated cybersecurity training solutions leverage three key techniques: scaffolded, explorative, and adaptive. When combined with personality styles, this type of training is superior in its effectiveness, and positive outcomes can be shown with solid statistical data. Here are the 3 core questions for Security Awareness Teams:


  1. Is our Security Awareness Training vendor leveraging risk styles to adapt and curate specific training based on the individual employee?
  2. Is our curriculum leveraging a modern behavioral approach to not just teach, but to change cybersecurity behaviors?
  3. Is our training leveraging modern, innovative training techniques to educate and bring down our human risk levels to the lowest possible levels?


For further explanation and the answers to these questions, here is a little primer and a quick background on the above questions, and why they are critical to lowering cyber risk through employee education.

First off, there are three core training techniques that offer superior results and are considered a necessity in modern cybersecurity curriculum.

Scaffolded Training

Scaffolded cybersecurity training breaks down complex topics into smaller, more manageable chunks or levels. This approach builds on the knowledge and skills gained at each level, similar to scaffolding in construction. This method allows learners to build confidence as they progress through the program and helps to reinforce the key concepts.

Explorative Training

Explorative cybersecurity training is an approach that encourages learners to explore and experiment with different cybersecurity scenarios. This approach is designed to help learners understand how attackers think and operate, and to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Explorative training also provides a safe environment for learners to test their skills and apply them in real-world scenarios.

Adaptive Training

Adaptive cybersecurity training is a personalized approach that adjusts to the needs and learning styles of individual learners. This approach uses machine learning algorithms to adapt the training content and delivery based on the learner’s responses and progress. This approach ensures that learners receive training that is tailored to their needs and maximizes their retention and engagement.

Combining these three techniques with personality profiles can provide a massive increase in the effectiveness of cybersecurity training. Personality-based training considers an individual’s personality traits, preferences, and learning styles to create a more effective and engaging training program. By identifying the learner’s personality profile, the training can be tailored to their learning style, making it more relevant and engaging.

With cyberconIQ’s innovative cybersecurity training approach that leverages scaffolded, explorative, and adaptive techniques, combined with personality profiles, it has shown superiority in its effectiveness, and proven through case studies that show increased mindfulness and phishing simulation failure rates below 1%. This approach helps learners to build confidence, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and receive personalized training that is tailored to their needs. By prioritizing cybersecurity training and investing in innovative solutions like cyberconIQ, organizations can better protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and maintain a strong cybersecurity posture. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to to contact us today!

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