No time to train? How virtual classrooms can deliver essential cyber skills

When it comes to learning and developing new skills, face-to-face time with an instructor is often seen as the ideal approach. Indeed, research from (ISC)2 found that 35 percent of cybersecurity professionals ranked in-person, instructor-led training as the most valuable way of developing their skills.

However, while face-to-face, classroom-style teaching can deliver many benefits, it can also be costly and inefficient, particularly when it comes to organisations that have distributed teams or highly extensive training requirements. Both of these factors are major issues for IT teams, and particularly cybersecurity practitioners.

The steadily climbing demand for security professionals also means that practitioners can rarely afford the time required to attend regularly scheduled classroom-based development sessions. A study by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) found 31 percent of security staff spent a disproportionately high amount of time on high priority issues – rather than planning and training. Of those surveyed, 47 percent also stated that the skills shortage meant they did not have the time or personnel to enable practitioners to learn the skills needed to fully utilise various security technologies.

Improving access to security skills has become increasingly crucial as organisations face growing cyber threats – but how can new capabilities be developed if practitioners cannot spare time away from essential duties?

Going virtual

With security professionals rarely able to travel to regular face-to-face courses, one of the most effective ways of ensuring they still have the opportunity to develop vital skills is delivering training virtually.

Our Live 360 Virtual Classroom Training (VCT) combines over 70 years of training expertise with the latest digital technology to provide individuals with a seamless, highly interactive learning experience that can be catered to the needs of both the organisation and busy individuals.

VCT courses include both live, remote teaching and web-based learning, eliminating the time and cost of having participants travel to a specific location. This approach also means that organisations with security personnel dotted around multiple locations can have team members participate regardless of geography.

Staying personal

Purely web-based training courses deliver maximum flexibility, but at the cost of the personal interaction and coaching that learners so often need. By combining individual web-based learning with live virtual classroom sessions, VCT is able to establish and simulate a highly collaborative classroom training experience that effectively connects students with trainers, subject matter experts and peers.

Alongside this, Live 360 VCT courses deliver a media-rich experience that can include diverse assets such as presentation slides, whiteboard tools, and even video, animation, 3-D graphics and live capture, enabling each session to incorporate multiple learning styles and boost engagement.

Each course is created through our Cybersecurity Training Design and Development services, ensuring a high level of customisation to fit your specific development goals and organisational requirements.

Get in touch with our team now to find out how RPS can deliver a virtual security training programme to accommodate the needs of your busy security personnel.