Privacy and Security Training Games for Employees
A growing body of research suggests that one highly effective way to educate people is through training that includes interactive games. Adding fun games to a training program can increase engagement, retention and motivation. Privacy and security training games can also encourage trainees to become critical thinkers about their actions and to make more strategic decisions.
According to elearning experts, “Learners recall just 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear…But learners remember 90% if they do the job themselves, even if only as a simulation.”
In our Spot the Risks security awareness game pictured below, trainees are asked to put their understanding of HIPAA into practice by identifying HIPAA violations in a hospital setting. Feedback is given about each violation so trainees will learn to be on the lookout for HIPAA concerns as part of their day-to-day routine.
In another version of Spot the Risks, users must identify privacy and security risks in a typical office setting. Again, users will receive feedback for each risk they identify so they will learn why certain scenarios can be problematic.
In our game, Secure Workspaces, users will learn to recognize items that could contain confidential data and must be secured before leaving a work station unattended. By playing this security awareness game, users will be more likely to think twice before leaving an unencrypted USB drive laying out when they leave their desk.
You can further encourage employees to make better data security choices by creating a competition within the office or by offering rewards for those that score the most points in the cyber security games. Anything that will create a sense of fun and playfulness will break good data security practices out of a tedious obligation mentality to become instinctive behavior.
Simply “training” someone, will not necessarily yield the desired behavioral changes. People must care and understand that their actions as an individual are meaningful to their organization. A training program that has many dimensions including stories, interactivity, and real-life scenarios has a greater chance of preparing employees to make the right decisions about privacy and data security.
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About TeachPrivacy and Our Training Philosophy
TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Daniel J. Solove, the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.
According to Professor Solove: “Great training isn’t about slickness or tricks. It is about teaching. The goal is to make people understand, care, and remember. Great training is made with genuine passion – to make people love training, it must be made with love. Excellent substance is essential. The material must be explained clearly, understandably, and concretely. The content must be short and to the point – and it must be engaging. Slickness and gimmicks can’t compensate for lackluster substance.”
TeachPrivacy provides privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, HIPAA training, FERPA training, PCI training, as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.
Professor Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He has taught privacy law every year since 2000, has published 10 books and more than 50 articles, including the leading textbook on information privacy law and a short guidebook on the subject. His LinkedIn blog has more than 1 million followers. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.