But he didn't give up. He maintained a focus on specific, short messages that were important but needed a way to present those messages.
At the same time as coming across some simple posters that presented those messages, the blockbuster superhero movie, The Avengers, was released. And those ideas came together.
Vanheck developed the CQUni Cyber Heroes. The five heroes, each played by a member of the IT department who were more than happy to don lycra and wear costumes said Vanheck, each represented a part of the security infrastructure and were used to present simple messages in posters and short online videos.
This resonated with the CQUni community and resulted in a measurable benefit.
In the months preceding the introduction of the Cyber Heroes program, successful phishing email attacks numbered around 50 per month. That dropped to 15 in the first month after the program and, importantly, continued to fall to fewer than five - a level that has held for many months.
Vanheck said there were some important take home messages that came from the CQUni project. You need to find the most creative people you can, keep messages simple and use several types of media to engage people.
Make the program relevant and person to the people you are targeting and develop awareness training to accompany the creative campaign.
By collaborating widely you can inspire people he said. And by connecting with people across the organisation, Vanheck says he has made IT security part of the CQUni culture.
Source: CSO Online
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