How to Launch a Continuous Training Campaign

Continuous Training campaigns remove the need for the ongoing management of Security Awareness Training.

Option 1: Launching a Continuous Training Campaign with the Wizard

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Step 1: Finding the Continuous Campaign Creator Button

If you aren't already at the home screen of the client portal, start by navigating to the home screen.

Once on the home screen, click on Training and Phishing Campaigns.

Now you will see the blue Continuous Campaign Creator button. 

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Step 2: Creating a Campaign with the Continuous Campaign Creator

Start by clicking on the Continuous Campaign Creator. By clicking on this button, it will open up the creator tool and begin the campaign creation process. 

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After clicking, you will see the screen below. 

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You will be prompted to answer seven questions. These seven questions build out both a continuous phishing and continuous training campaign. How you answer the questions will determine the curriculum for the training and the templates for phishing. 

Answering these questions builds a unique profile for this specific campaign and client. You can create multiple continuous campaigns and answer questions differently for each if you'd like more targeted training & phishing based on audience groups. 

Below are the questions you'll see in this campaign, with a few brief descriptions:

  1. Do you require GDPR training?
    1. What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area.
    2. Does this apply to me? If the client that you're enrolling in Phin does business within the European Union or the European Economic Area, then yes, they are required to be compliant with GDPR. Therefore, it'd be very wise to train your users on this compliance matter by answering Yes to question one. 
  2. Does this company have employees that work remote?
  3. How many employees does this company have?
  4. Does this company accept credit cards?
    1. This is PCI-related training. 
  5. Does this company have an internal Information Technology Department?
  6. What is this company's industry?
  7. Does this company require HIPAA training?
    1. What is HIPAA? HIPAA is a federal law that requires the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed.
    2. Does this apply to me? If your client handles any patient health information, they would be required to be compliant with HIPAA. 

After answering the above seven questions, you will be taken to a page that gives you the curriculum selected based on your answers for both Phishing and Training.

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Important Note: Once a campaign is launched with the creator, the curriculum can NOT be changed. Please make sure to review the curriculum page above to ensure you have selected the correct topics and campaign tags. If you change your mind about the curriculum selected after launch, the only action moving forward is to delete the old campaign and create a new one through the creator tool. 

Once you've reviewed the curriculum page, click Next to move to the scheduling page. 

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Here you will see scheduling for both Phishing and Training. All training is preset to monthly on the 1st Monday of the month. 

You have the option to change & select a Start Date and Start Time on this scheduling page. 

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Important Note: The Start Date is NOT when the campaign will first fire; it is when the campaign begins to look for your sending parameter to begin firing training and/or phishing. All campaigns are preset to monthly on the 1st Monday of the month. For instructions on how to change the sending parameter of a campaign, click here.

Once you have set a Start Date and Start Time, all you have to do is click Submit!

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Important Note: Currently, certain topics with very focused training, like HIPAA or GDPR have a limited number of training modules. As such, once a campaign has gone on long enough, users will be resent previously used modules to continuously refresh their knowledge.

Option 2: Launching a Continuous Training Campaign from the Training Dashboard

This option gives more control over launching continuous campaigns and can be launched in the same way as other campaign types.

Step 1: Navigate to the Training Dashboard

From the sidebar, click on Training and then Dashboard. Click the Blue button at the top of the page to enter the Training Campaign Creator.

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Step 2: Configure the Continuous Training Campaign

In the Training Campaign Creator, make sure you select the Continuous Campaign Type Option as shown below on the first step of the creator. After this, create a training as you would like any other. First, enter the name and description of the campaign:

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Choose an audience to deliver the campaign to:

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Step 3: Choosing the Curriculum

Here, you will manually select curriculum topics for your audience, which can be understood in more detail above. Continuous Training Campaigns will run continuously with a finite amount of training courses. If a campaign uses all of the training courses from a specific topic, the campaign will start re-using courses.

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After choosing all desired topics, scroll down and click 'Next' or click the 'Schedule' step at the top of the page.

Step 4: Scheduling and Confirmation

Finally, schedule the course like a standard fixed training campaign and then review your settings on the finalize page:

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Note that by default, new users will not get any previous courses. If you wish for new users to get all new previously assigned courses you can enable the checkbox at the bottom of this page, but it may mean that users will have a large volume of initial training (this is especially true for long-running campaigns).

When ready to launch the campaign, click 'Launch' at the bottom of the finalize page and the campaign will fire at the selected scheduling frequency until cancelled.