Behind the stunning wins at the Olympics are years of practice and discipline by the competitors. Lessons to be learned from these super athletes can be applied to many endeavors, including company cybersecurity training and awareness programs. Success in few activities is due to short term commitment or luck. Years of practice and discipline on goals established are vital for high employee cybersecurity preparedness.
6 Tips for small businesses in cybersecurity training
Credit: IOC, www.Olympic.org
Plan training for at least 1 year
According to a Forbes Magazine article published for a prior Olympics, the winning athletes plan their training schedule for at least 1 year and sometime several years in advance. This creates the opportunity to reach specific performance goals. This type of foresight applied to cybersecurity training of employees will help a company reach the goals it establishes. Small businesses should target specific goals and train to that goal.
Use an assortment of dynamic exercises and lift heavy
In order to be great, you must challenge yourself to attain maximum strength gains, according to an article in Men’s Fitness Magazine on fitness secrets of Olympic athletes. The article suggests that using a variety of exercises and challenges prompt better results. So in your yearlong training plan, include diversity to engage and challenge your employees on cybersecurity knowledge.
Mental preparation is key
The Men’s Fitness article talks about the importance of being in tune mentally. They say successful athletes frequently rehearse and read inspirational works. They have a plan that supports their success measures. The more employees understand the value of safe cybersecurity to your business and their work environment, the better prepared they will be to support your measures. Share examples of positive prevention measures and the results with your employees so they can see the purpose of training.
Train with a partner or in a group
Even introverts can benefit from training in a group environment. Just allow them quiet space and time to focus on their learnings. Give extroverts the audience and social interaction they thrive upon. Introverts can be challenged to better their best in cybersecurity knowledge and extroverts can be motivated by exceeding the efforts of their fellow extroverts. Use different exercises and learning methods to strengthen your employees’ cybersecurity performance.
Work hard for the purpose of improving
Anders Weiss, Olympic competitor in men’s rowing, talked about success in an article in Time. One of his key points is differentiating between “working hard for work’s sake and working hard for the purpose of improving.” Cybersecurity training needs to focus on improving over time.
Proper warm up and recovery
Small businesses need to set the stage for their employees in order that employees understand and value the cybersecurity measures. Business owners that thoroughly engage their employees are more likely to have the employees’ collaboration.
Although cybersecurity efforts are not a once every four years event, the drive for continuous improvement is paramount for businesses.
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