Everything You Wanted to Know About “Don’t Just Check the Box” in Cybersecurity Awareness

Don’t Just Check the Box in Cybersecurity Awareness


In the realm of cybersecurity awareness training, the concept of ‘Checking the Box’ has traditionally held sway. This approach, while straightforward, often involves simply meeting the minimum compliance requirements without a comprehensive, behavior-based focus.

In today’s cybersecurity landscape, this method proves inadequate. Cyber threats are not static; they evolve continuously, becoming more sophisticated. Hence, there’s an imperative need for a training approach that moves beyond just ticking compliance checkboxes. A genuinely effective training regime is behavior-based and comprehensive, managing human risk at every level. This training approach is not just about meeting regulatory standards; it’s about genuinely understanding and managing the human element of cybersecurity risks.

Our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach to cybersecurity training proposes this shift, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, engagement, and real-world application of cyber threat knowledge. This piece provides an insight into this unique approach and why it’s paramount in our increasingly digital age.

The Problem with 'Check the Box' Cybersecurity Training

Traditional ‘Check the Box’ cybersecurity training has inherent issues that render it less effective in our rapidly evolving digital landscape. Here are three key problems associated with this approach:

  1. Lack of Depth and Engagement: ‘Check the Box’ training often involves merely going through a set of pre-determined tasks without genuinely engaging the participant or imparting deep understanding. This routine and unstimulating approach leads to an information disconnect, and key cybersecurity concepts may not be fully understood or retained.
  2. Focus on Compliance, Not Behavior Change: The primary goal of the ‘Check the Box’ approach is to meet compliance standards. However, true cybersecurity readiness extends beyond mere compliance. It should facilitate a genuine behavior change that instills good cyber habits and promotes responsible digital citizenship.
  3. Failure to Address Evolving Cybersecurity Threats: Cyber threats are constantly evolving, getting more complex and sophisticated. The static ‘Check the Box’ approach doesn’t account for this fluid threat landscape, leaving organizations ill-prepared to tackle new and emerging cyber threats.

These limitations mean the ‘Check the Box’ approach fails to adequately protect organizations and their data in today’s digital age. Its narrow focus on compliance instead of understanding and adaptability leaves companies vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches and costly consequences.

Thus, a more comprehensive, behavior-based approach to cybersecurity training is essential.

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The Need for a 'Don't Just Check the Box' Approach

Given the problems associated with the traditional ‘Check the Box’ approach, there’s a pressing need for a more comprehensive, behavior-focused cybersecurity training strategy. This is especially true for senior-level cybersecurity professionals who are charged with the task of safeguarding their organization’s sensitive data.

Consider these reasons for moving beyond the Check the Box approach:

  • Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape: With cyber threats growing more complex and sophisticated, training programs must evolve accordingly to keep organizations prepared and protected.
  • Human Error: Many data breaches are due to human error. A comprehensive training approach mitigates this risk by emphasizing behavior change and promoting good cyber habits.
  • Increasing Regulatory Scrutiny: Regulatory bodies worldwide are ramping up their cybersecurity expectations. A behavior-based approach helps organizations meet and exceed these regulatory demands.

Recent statistics and case studies underscore the importance of this shift. For instance, according to IBM, 95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error, and the average cost of a
data breach in 2022 was $4.35 million. The figures highlight the importance of comprehensive cybersecurity training to prevent breaches and reduce potential financial losses.

Introducing Our 'Don't Just Check the Box' Approach

Building on the need for a comprehensive and behavior-based approach to cybersecurity, we’ve developed the ‘Don’t Just Check the Box‘ method. This approach addresses the shortcomings of traditional training methods while enhancing the efficacy of cybersecurity education.

Our unique approach hinges on three main components.

Engaging and User-Centric Training

Instead of one-size-fits-all sessions, our training is designed to be engaging and unique to the users. When training is interesting and relevant, it is more likely to promote understanding and retention of information.

Real-World Application and Scenario-Based Learning

Our approach focuses on applying learned concepts to real-world situations. This helps users understand the practical implications of their actions, preparing them to handle real-life cyber threats more effectively.

Continuous Learning and Updating to Address Evolving Threats

Continuous and evergreen learning is at the heart of our approach, ensuring that individuals and organizations remain knowledgeable about the latest threats and best practices.

Through these core components, our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach to cybersecurity training sets a new standard for managing human risk in the digital age.

Benefits of Our 'Don't Just Check the Box' Approach

Our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach offers significant advantages for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and cybersecurity executives:

  • Enhanced Cybersecurity Posture: By focusing on behavior change and continuous learning, our approach equips your team with the knowledge and skills they need to improve your organization’s overall cybersecurity posture.
  • Reduced Human Error Risk: The engaging, user-centric nature of our training reduces the likelihood of human error, a leading cause of cybersecurity breaches.
  • Improved Compliance: Our comprehensive training approach goes beyond basic compliance, helping you meet and exceed the increasingly stringent cybersecurity regulations.
  • Cost Savings: By helping to prevent cybersecurity breaches, our approach can save your organization the significant costs associated with a breach, such as recovery expenses, regulatory fines, and reputational damage.

Our Right-Hand human risk management solution and security training products align perfectly with the ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach. We provide an integrated solution to help organizations manage the human aspect of cybersecurity, promoting behavior change, continual learning, and a more robust defense against cyber threats.

How to Implement Our 'Don't Just Check the Box' Approach

Implementing our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ method in your organization can be done in three key steps.

Following these steps, you can transition from a traditional ‘Check the Box’ approach to a more comprehensive, behavior-based cybersecurity training model.

  • Assess the Current State of Your Cybersecurity Training Program

    Before making changes, it's important to understand your current training landscape. Review your existing program, consider its effectiveness and alignment with the current cybersecurity landscape. Identify any gaps, weaknesses, or areas for improvement.

  • Identify Areas for Improvement

    Based on your assessment, pinpoint the areas where your training can be enhanced. This could include incorporating more real-world scenarios, improving engagement, updating content, or introducing continuous learning opportunities.

  • Implement Our Right-Hand Human Risk Management Solution and Security Training Products

    Incorporate our solutions into your training program. Our products are designed to align with the 'Don't Just Check the Box' approach, supporting behavior change, continuous learning, and a heightened understanding of cyber threats.


The traditional ‘Check the Box’ approach to cybersecurity training is no longer sufficient in the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats. We must shift towards a more comprehensive, behavior-based model that effectively manages human risk, encourages continual learning, and keeps pace with emerging threats.

Our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach addresses these needs, fostering an environment where cybersecurity becomes an intrinsic part of organizational culture. With our Right-Hand human risk management solution and security training products, you can equip your team with the knowledge and skills they need to defend against the cyber threats of today and tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the 'check the box' approach to cybersecurity training?

The ‘Check the Box’ approach to cybersecurity training often refers to a compliance-driven method where employees complete predefined tasks or courses without a strong emphasis on understanding or behavior change. It’s often associated with superficial engagement and doesn’t adequately address evolving cybersecurity threats.

Why is a more comprehensive approach to cybersecurity training necessary?

A more comprehensive approach is necessary because cybersecurity threats are continuously evolving. Human error is a significant factor in many breaches, and training that focuses on behavior change and continual learning can significantly reduce this risk. Moreover, regulatory bodies worldwide are intensifying their cybersecurity expectations, which a comprehensive training program can help meet and exceed.

How does Right-Hand's approach differ from traditional cybersecurity training methods?

Right-Hand’s ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach focuses on behavior change and managing human risk. Our training is engaging, user-centric, and continually updated to address evolving threats. We use scenario-based learning to apply cybersecurity concepts to real-world situations, helping participants understand the practical implications of their actions and decisions.

What are the steps I can take to implement Right-Hand's 'Don't Just Check the Box' approach?

To implement our ‘Don’t Just Check the Box’ approach, you can start by assessing your current cybersecurity training program, identifying areas for improvement based on that assessment, and then incorporating our Right-Hand human risk management solution and security training products into your program. This approach can help you transition from a traditional ‘Check the Box’ model to a more effective, behavior-based cybersecurity training strategy.

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