Assessment & role-based training for top US healthcare system.
Cybersecurity Executive Directors at one of the largest US healthcare systems were looking to standardize and revamp training for the IAM team.
Their ultimate objective was to have the IAM team take on more cybersecurity tasks and match the skills of a traditional SOC Tier I Analyst.
Previously, they leveraged bootcamp-style cybersecurity training for certification preparation, allowing employees to self-select training based on their interests. However, with a diverse team of 115, leadership understood it wasn’t practical to continue spending $1M+ per year on training without a formal plan, learning path, or metrics to identify training needs or knowledge and skill improvement.
Here’s how CyberVista, now N2K, developed a custom cybersecurity training program for the client and their IAM team:
- Data-driven approach: Before recommending any training program, N2K first deployed the a diagnostic assessment to create employee skill profiles and establish a clear baseline for an initial cohort of 60 practitioners.
- Custom training roadmap: Based on the diagnostic results, N2K built a custom one-year roadmap of configured training designed to develop the necessary skills for a SOC Tier I role with a focus on applying the concepts to the healthcare industry. Comprised of modular lessons from N2K's role-based portfolio, the program covered everything from foundational cybersecurity concepts to technical security operations processes, procedures, and tools.
- Flexible scheduling: With a globally-decentralized workforce, leadership needed a training program that was flexible enough to adhere to employee availability and different time zones. The training was offered to several cohorts and spaced out over multiple months, which included both live online sessions and instructor office hours at a time that was most convenient to each population.
83% participant engagement with 40% cost savings on training.
Following the initial diagnostic assessment for 60 individuals and training evaluation, leadership promptly implemented a comprehensive solution incorporating data-driven, role-based training instead of relying on certification and questionable training investments to upskill employees.
In the first three months of this engagement, the organization has reduced its training costs by approximately 40%. Early metrics also show that 83% of participants are fully engaged in their training program, leading to a 14% average assessment score improvement.
Since then, leadership has added new cohorts–nearly doubling their commitment–for additional employees and continues to collaborate with N2K to ensure their IAM team has the best training experience as needs evolve.
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