United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Digital APEX Colombia
Design & Approach
Phase 1: Generating Cybersecurity Awareness
Phase 2: Assisting USAID IPs
Phase 3: Developing and Disseminating Action Plans
Delivering the Solution
Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Approach
Local Cybersecurity Expertise
Bixal applied an Agile learning approach in designing and developing a cybersecurity training program to help USAID IPs and civil society organizations in Colombia improve their digital health, build local capacity and strengthen cybersecurity practices. As part of this program, Bixal provided access to asynchronous training modules and delivered 15 synchronous virtual ILT sessions to over 298 participants from 44 USAID partners. The topics selected contributed to a growing knowledge base on cybersecurity vulnerabilities that impact organizations’ governance structure, technology infrastructure and business operations.
Working with the USAID/Colombia Mission, Bixal assessed existing hardware and software assets for cybersecurity vulnerabilities and delivered training organized into five learning topics that mapped to 20 CIS controls.
In Bixal’s experience, when people understand cybersecurity threats and demonstrate familiarity with best practices to combat cyberattacks, the likelihood of destructive cyberattacks decreases.
Webinar quiz results demonstrated that USAID/Colombia’s IPs had a low baseline knowledge of cybersecurity. Data from the 10 risk assessments conducted in Phase II confirmed the need for cybersecurity action plans. Over 95 percent of participants who identified as “novice” before the training advanced their knowledge to align with higher competency levels as a result of the program. Detailed post-training survey results are captured in the following chart.
Improvements in recipients’ cybersecurity knowledge after in-depth interactive training.