Video games, quiz show competitions and undercover “mole” operations are among the more inventive ways companies are trying to spice up their security awareness training.

And they should: a new study of 1,000 U.S. employees by Osterman Research demonstrated just how counterproductive boring security awareness training can be: Surveyed employees who found training to be very interesting were 13 times more likely to say that it fundamentally changed how they think about security than those who felt the training was boring.

So how can organizations make lessons more memorable, engaging and enticing, such that employees feel rewarded for participating, but also retain the lessons and apply them in real life?

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