Information Security Training Policy Guide

Information Security Training Policy Guide

This guide covers the basics of creating an information security training policy, answers common questions, and provides a simple yet effective policy template that you can download and use immediately.

What is the biggest security risk? When asked most people will answer that it is people.

It isn’t people’s fault as people are busy.

Above all we want to do the best job that we can do.

As a result sometimes doing the best job we can do means cutting a few corners.

That is where an information security awareness training policy comes in.

We need to make people aware of the security risks in our organisation to better inform them. This will reduce risk and help them make the right decisions. As a result we want to formally train them with an information security overview and data protection training.

What is the Information Security Training Policy?

The policy is to ensure all employees receive appropriate awareness education and training.

Additionally that they get regular updates in policies and procedures that are relevant to their role.

Consequently putting in place a security awareness training program is one of the easiest and most important things that you can do.

Indeed, there are many providers of training software to choose from that can help you.

The information security training and awareness policy covers:

  • New starters
  • In role employees
  • Training plans
  • Competency register
  • Assessment
  • Acceptance

Information Security Awareness Training Policy Template

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You can download a copy of the pre written security awareness and training policy template.

This policy forms part of your bundle of Information Security Policies.

Information Security Culture

You will often hear the term ‘information security culture’ or having a ‘culture of information security’.

On the whole this just means having an awareness of the risks that are out there and what simple measures you can do to protect yourself.

The policy is the company’s statement about what it is doing about training with the result that it can demonstrate that it is taking it seriously.

Policies are statements of intent that describe what we do but not how we do it. If people want us to demonstrate what we are doing to ensure our staff are trained then they would look to this policy.

ISO 27001 The International Standard for Information Security

ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security management. You can learn more about the ISO 27001 policies in our ISO 27001 Policies Ultimate Guide and see how they are implemented in our detailed, step by step, video guides on How to Implement ISO 27001.

We cover how it fits into the information security management system in the ISO 27001 Templates Documents Ultimate Guide.

Information Security Training Policy FAQ

What does the information security awareness cover?

Information security awareness covers communicating a basic understanding of information security issues, risks and threats. Markedly it is a more formal structured approach for staff. That is to say that it follows allocated and dedicated time to train on an aspect of information security with a test at the end to verify understanding. Additionally it covers the security measures that you are taking as well as the threats those measures address.

Does information security training include a test?

As rule yes because a test is a way for the trainer to verify that the training was affective and a basic level of understanding has been reached.

Why do we do information security training tests?

There are 2 reasons. Firstly to show that you have the required level of understanding as a result of the training materials. Secondly so that the company can evidence that it provided you with training and that you took it.

How often is information security training taken?

At least once in every 12 months as a minimum. So information security training modules are taken on an annual basis. In addition these are supplemented with training modules that are specific to your organisation and the risks it faces. Subsequently it is not unusual for these to include modules such as Phishing, Data Protection and more.

Where do I get an information security awareness and training policy?

The information security awareness and training policy template can be found here:

How often must you retake information security training?

When starting with an organisation and at least every 12 months.

How do you demonstrate security awareness?

By having a communication plan and communication record for information security. Likewise by having a formal training plan with training records. Additionally you can consider a controlled phishing training campaign.

Where can I get an Information Security Training Policy Example PDF?

A great sample of the Information Security Training Policy can be download from the template:

What is the purpose of security training?

The purpose of security training is to make people aware of the the security threats that they face and what to do about them. The more informed that people are the more likely they are to be able to keep themselves and company data safe.

Why is information security training important?

The world can be a very bad place and people want what you have. Generally there are times you aren’t aware that what you have has any value. Nonetheless to protect what is important to us, our data, our company data and our finances it is important that we are aware of the risks we face so we can make informed choices about addressing them.

Does information security training UK differ to information security training USA or information security training Australia?

No, the principles are the same and the threats are the same. Given these points there may be slight differences in legal implementations and laws but the basics of training are consistent across the globe.

How to write an information security awareness and training policy

It is straightforward to write the policy yourself. As a result make sure to include the following points and topics:

Time needed: 4 hours and 30 minutes.

How to write an information security awareness and training policy

  1. Create your version control and document mark-up

    ISO 27001 documents require version control of the author, the change, the date and the version as well as document mark up such as document classification.

  2. Write the document purpose

    The purpose of the Information Security Awareness Training policy is to protect against loss of data.

  3. Write the scope of the policy

    It should really apply to all employees and third party staff working for your company.

  4. Write the principle on which the policy is based

    The principle of the Information Security Awareness Training policy is the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. Accordingly it is about the security and protection of confidential data.

  5. Write Information Security Awareness and Training Topics

    Write a statement that lists out the topics that your plan will cover. Particularly phishing, general security awareness, data protection are all good base topics to include.

  6. Describe what happens for new starters

    New starters to the organisation will need training so set out on what and when.

  7. Describe what happens for in role employees

    Training is not a one and done so the Information Security Awareness Training policy will cover continual training and annual reacknowledgment.

  8. Have a training and competency register

    The standard and best practice require us to understand the competency of staff in relation to information security and any training requirements. Therefore implement a Competency Matrix.

  9. Have a training plan

    To be effective it is best to plan training throughout the year and follow the plan.

  10. Cover assessment and acceptance

    It is not enough to send out training, we also need to ensure people have understood it and accepted it.

  11. Define policy compliance

    Provide for how compliance to the policy will be acheived.

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