In order for an organization to operate in a secure manner, all the employees must put in their effort to help the organization to secure its assets. Security Awareness trainings and programs for the employees to understand the security policies and procedures that must be followed to implement security. Awareness trainings usually describe real world attack scenarios and the defenses. The aim of these kind of trainings is to provide a realistic, understandable, actionable, and repeated approach towards maintaining a secure environment within the organization.
Topics addressed by a security awareness training usually consist of a combination of existing organizational policies and procedures physical security, desktop/system security, password security, phishing, hoaxes, malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and adware), and copyright with regard to file sharing.
These topics help employees understand why security awareness is important and guide them in knowing how to prevent incidents from happening and what to do if an incident occurs.
Many organizations require formal security awareness training for all workers when they join the organization or periodically thereafter, usually annually.