In the event of information security breach, organizations suffer from reputational damage, followed by huge financial consequences and followed by compliancy issues.
In addition to all other existing potential areas, where information security breach takes place, now- a-days social media has increased vulnerability for information security. The rapid growth of Social media has garnered attention in the commercial space, for those hoping to meet their customers evolving needs and expectations. It presents exciting opportunities to actively engage workforce, customers, suppliers and regulators to benefit from their collective ideas, knowledge and experiences.
A survey conducted by Ernst and Young in 2012, shows that only 19% of organizations, have a coordinated approach led by the information security department for use of social media, while the other 81% of the organizations where open to threats.
Source: Global Information Security Survey
As organizations and individuals continue to use social media in growing numbers, the risk of data loss increases and maintenance of the organization reputation decreases.
Significant areas of risk include:
- Impact to network resulting from increased use of bandwidth by workforce, who can access social media tools at workplace.
- Potential loss of data including intellectual property and personal identifiable information (PII), by those who are actively participating in the social media networks using companies account, or as individual users.
- Increased risk of legal liability, if an organization or employees use social media tools inappropriately.
Organizations get exposed to losing confidential information, due to possibility of data spills, caused by posting too much or unauthorized information for public viewing. Organizations can significantly reduce the risk by developing and communicating usage policies. The information security practitioners need to educate employees, on social media policies and supportive procedures, which clearly detail what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for employees to do. A significant intervention of training and awareness on information security helps in mitigating the risk of information security breach.
So training your employees on information security is very important. Such training:
Reduces organization’s risk profile: Good information security training gains confidence, trust and loyalty. It reduces the risk of devaluating the organization’s brand.
Reduces direct and indirect costs: Strict information security training, helps cut down the expenses associated with data loss, data recovery etc., thereby reduces direct and indirect costs.
Reduces technology leakage risks: There is always a possibility of making careless mistakes. Thus, in order to protect our technology from being hacked, training is necessary.
The organization should integrate a well-rounded information security awareness training program, as a key to business success. Enforcing sound security practices and implementing mandatory user education on the risks to the workforce, is the key to minimizing security risks to information.
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We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.
E-learning is increasingly used by organizations as online courses are effective, affordable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. But, many organizations are not able to realize these benefits offered by the online training medium due to a serious problem – high dropout rates.
Day-by-day, the demand for rapid e-learning is increasing, and so, everyone is using rapid authoring tools to develop online courses. There are many authoring tools available in the market but a few became very popular. Most of our customers and prospects prefer Articulate Storyline to other rapid authoring tools such as Captivate and Lectora. Developing courses in Storyline is very easy, and the tool offers a lot of flexibility to customize the features or look and feel of the online course.
When it comes to mobile learning, HTML5 with responsive design is required to provide the best learning experience on mobiles, especially on smart-phones with small screens. Courses developed in Storyline and Lectora work fine on mobile devices such as iPads and other tablets, but it is difficult to view them in smart-phones. Captivate has a responsive design feature. So, we must choose it if we need to develop courses for all mobile devices. Captivate is not very intuitive and flexible to develop customized features. We can also build mobile- compatible courses using manual coding but it is time-consuming and expensive.
Recently, I read the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design” and in it, I saw the great news for which I was waiting for a while. I thought I should share it with you all. The developers of Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, Lectora Online and other authoring tools are in the process of adding responsive design feature by the end of 2015.
Here is some information from the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design”.
|Scales to multiple screen sizes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Responsive design features||Coming by end of 2015||Yes||Coming by end of 2015|
2016 will be a watershed year for mobile learning as all courses may be made compatible to all mobile devices. Storyline may become the first choice to develop e-learning or m-learning courses because of its intuitiveness. This may force all learning management systems to be compatible with mobile devices. MOODLE is ahead in this regard, and it has a responsive design feature and works on all the mobile devices.
Hope you find this post useful. Do share your views.
Despite today’s technology and a connected world, classroom training is still an effective method to impart training to all employees. But, instructor-led teaching may not be appropriate for all training needs. Suppose there is a requirement for an organisation to train its employees spread across the globe, on a particular product, in a month’s time, classroom training will not serve the purpose. Here, e-learning serves as a good option to train employees, at comparatively lower costs, within a given schedule. Due to improvements in reliability and speed, converting classroom training materials into online courses has become a justified and cost-effective opportunity.
In my previous blogs, I have discussed about the importance of instructional design strategy and visual design strategy, the two main elements of e-learning in terms of design approach. In this blog, I will discuss about the significance of audio and audio strategy.
Every organization has to follow a set of laws which govern their sector in the country they operate. So, it needs to ensure that the employees are effectively trained on these rules to avoid compliance issues. Traditionally, this was done through face-to-face training in an engaging manner. But, with organizations expanding globally and the need for constant training, companies started using e-learning to quickly reach their global employees.
E-Learning is gradually replacing the classroom training format, worldwide. 41.7 % of fortune 500 companies are using e-learning tools for online training (E-learning Magazine 2013).
Online courses need to be engaging and interactive because they are self-paced i.e. an instructor is not present to deliver the courses.
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IPad – a device that has revolutionized the corporate world. According to the Mac Observer, 94% of Fortune 500 companies are either testing or using this device from Apple. The widespread usage of iPads has resulted in the opening of new vistas in online training. No longer were learners required to carry “heavy” laptops or remain confined to their desks. People could conveniently go through online courses on these devices. Indeed, these devices have truly made learning anytime, anywhere.
When it comes to training, most organizations have a need for product training. Be it manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics or finance, product training needs to be imparted by companies in all industries. So, how does one cater to a single form of training for such different segments? In this post, we will look at a few effective e-learning design strategies that are best suited for product training across various industries.