Every year organisations waste serious time and money on traditional cyber training programmes. Such courses, which typically take place in a classroom environment over several days, disrupt normal business function and are largely unavailing. To be effective, training must occur frequently; cyber threats don’t stop evolving, and neither should those who oppose them. Classroom sessions won’t prepare cyber teams for a real attack – but the privilege costs a mint regardless. This is because training providers split their material into several expensive micro-courses – a shrewd, if detestable, way of maximising profit.
Immersive Labs is different: one annual licence guarantees access to everything on our platform, with relevant content added every single week. The newest threats are covered and learning never stops.
In fact, with the right attitude, a novice can become a fully-fledged ethical hacker using our platform. Equally, business executives can transition from cyber ignorant to cyber aware via just a few short labs. If it’s digital forensics you’re after – great, we’ve got you covered. Perhaps you need certain employees to be fully GDPR compliant? No problem – there’s a lab for that.
Put simply, Immersive Labs has something for everyone – and we don’t discriminate when it comes to price. Everything you and your employees need for a cyber-safe year costs £1,995 per head. Total transparency. This is a fraction of the cost of classroom training, which pales in comparison to our expanding library of always-accessible content.
To put things into perspective, a five-day cyber essentials boot camp typically costs around £5,000 per head. The information such a boot camp contains will become inaccessible at the end of those five days, while there’s no guarantee that knowledge learned in a stale environment, at a potentially disagreeable pace, will even be retained. (And this is before mentioning the 40 working hours sacrificed per head.)
One training provider charges roughly £3,000 for a five-day IT security fundamentals course. The themes covered – cryptography, security threats, security incidents, security policies, compliance and authentication mechanisms – can all be learned on demand with Immersive Labs. More importantly, subjects are explored through an engaging mixture of theory and practical labs – all of which can be revisited as little or as often as you see fit. Courses that rely wholly on theory methods simply aren’t as engaging.
Further demonstrating Immersive Labs’ efficiency is the fact you can go from zero knowledge to a basic cyber understanding in less than four hours. Most of our introductory labs, including Cyber Introduction, Phishing Emails, Terminology and Mobile Security Tips, take 30 minutes (or fewer) to complete. Which means those crucial first steps can be made in just half a day on our platform.
Now, let’s make a telling final comparison.
For a business looking to equip ten employees with cybersecurity fundamentals via a typical training provider, it would cost around £30,000, 400 man-hours and a whole lot more on food, travel and accommodation. For all this, you get five days’ basic training. That’s it. Choosing Immersive Labs – which has new content added every week and is available 365 days a year – would cost £19,950. So, for less than two thirds of the cost of classroom training, you can get unlimited access to hundreds of interactive labs covering all things cyber. Tools, techniques, capture-the-flag challenges – everything is included in the licence fee. Nobody travels, nobody misses work.
The number of courses you’d need to match Immersive Labs’ content library is impossible to say, but even if it was just three, that’s still at least £9,000 per head. Clearly, the classroom costs. But it’s not only time and money at stake – it’s our future security.