Last updated: 13.10.14

Govt turns to e-learning to deliver vital cyber security training

Did you know that e-learning is now such a respected source of training that it has even been used to deliver government cyber security training?

Back in 2014, the Law Society, the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Solicitor's Regulatory Authority worked together to create a four-module cyber security e-learning programme primarily designed for accountants and lawyers.

These professionals need to have a firm understanding of digital data breaches and their implications, as they regularly help their clients make decisions about their personal information.

The four-module course was part of a wider range of online cyber security courses, which also included specialist training on the subject for micro, small and medium-sized businesses. One of these covered the Responsible for Information initiative, which was designed to raise awareness and improve knowledge of data protection and information security risks online.

Funding was provided for the creation of the course from an £860 million government cyber security fund.

Some more traditional thinkers may be of the view that e-learning cannot be as effective as classroom-based studying, but advances in technology mean that digital learning can be effectively brought to life and made extremely engaging for learners.

The government using e-learning to deliver highly important cyber security training courses back in 2014 surely demonstrates its efficacy, as does the fact that more than three million people have successfully complete our digital learning courses at Virtual College.

If you think that e-learning could be an effective tool for delivering cyber security training at your organisation, you can find out more about the Virtual College Cyber Security Awareness Course here.