Analyze learner engagement with the new, visual, Learning Path Statistics Report

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We’ve just released the new Learning Path Statistics report to help our group leaders analyze learning path engagement, participation and completion over time.

This new report contains 3 types of graphs, each designed to highlight key pieces of information that help you better understand the effectiveness of your learning paths and security training.

Graph 1: Learning Path Course engagement

This graph highlights the engagement of your learning path at the course level. It can help answer questions like:

  1. What courses are being fully completed by my learners?

  2. What courses are being started but not completed by my learners?

  3. What courses are not being started at all by my learners?

  4. What courses are most engaging, and which ones are my learners not too interested in?

Graph 2: Learning Path Engagement

This pie chart compares the percentage of your learners that have not yet started, started and completed your learning path as a whole. This can help group leaders visualize learning path engagement easily. Over time, one would want the red slice to reduce in size and the green slice to increase in size.

Graph 3: Learning Path completion over time

This graph plots the cumulative percentage of users that have completed the learning path, over time. This is really useful to understand how quickly your team is ramping up with their training and how much training there is still left to be done, before you hit the learning path due date (if there is one).

Other functionality

Graph toolbar

The graph toolbar (top right of every graph) can be used to download the graph in the PNG or SVG format. You can also download the raw data behind the graph, by downloading using the CSV format option.

For time series graphs (like the Learning Path completion over time graph), you can also zoom in/out or drag and select a specific time range you want to explore within the whole period.

Reports page

We’ve made minor changes to the Reports page to separate individual reports from group reports much more clearly.

More interesting changes ahead

In the future, we plan to add more functionality to these reports to take them a step further, making it easy for group leaders to communicate with their learners about their training. But we will have more on that later!

We hope you enjoy the new changes in SafeStack and are always open to feedback, suggestions or concerns.

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Seminars can now be added to Learning Paths

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SafeStack Seminars are an easy way to engage your application security champions on a regular basis. With seminars, your team can keep updated with new threats and secure development best practices in our interactive sessions with expert coaches.

More than 30 seminars have occurred since SafeStack was launched, covering a wide range of topics, including threat modeling, AI, DevOps, SAST and so on. Every topic is sourced from our community and customer suggestions, so they are guaranteed to be timely, relevant, and focused on current and emerging secure development best practices.

A feature requested by many customers is the ability to add seminars into learning paths, allowing security champions to craft outcome focused training programs, along with high quality, interactive, bite-sized training for specific topics covered in our seminars.

From today, all our past seminars are available as courses on the platform! They can be added to learning paths, just like any other course. Further, reports will indicate whether a learner has completed watching a seminar or not, from this point onwards, providing much more visibility about seminar related training to group leaders.

We will continue to host live seminars based on customer suggestions and our roadmap. You will still be able to register for live seminar sessions from the platform. Once a live seminar has finished, it will be available as a course on the platform, so that your team can watch it at a later date.

Our support team is available via email at [email protected] to answer any questions you may have about this change.

Re-do training with progress reset

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If you require your learners to re-do their SafeStack training again, such as for a start-of-year rollover, Group Leaders can now reset their progress data so that all learning paths, courses, quizzes, labs, and reporting show as incomplete.

Resetting progress can be done across your entire organization from the Organization page, or for the learners and courses within a specific Learning Path from the Learning Paths page.

Some key points to note:

  • Learners will retain any badges and achievements they’ve previously earned.

  • Historical data will not be available from the Reports section. We recommend downloading and archiving any reports per your organization's compliance and data retention policies before resetting progress data.

Achieving compliance just got a whole lot easier

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SafeStack provides courses that help you achieve your compliance training objectives for frameworks like ISO27001, PCI DSS and SOC2.

Now, you can easily create a Learning Path for all supported compliance frameworks - just click the “Create Learning Path” button on a compliance framework! This will automatically create a new learning path with all the relevant courses, then redirect you to the new learning path, so that you can set a due date, description and enrol your learners into the new learning path.

Using learning paths as a way to achieve compliance training needs has tremendous benefits like:

  • learners automatically receive an email about their enrolment into the new learning path

  • learners also receive an email reminder to complete the learning path, in case they haven’t completed it, around 5 days before the due date

  • group leaders can easily track compliance training progress for every compliance framework, right from the dashboard or via the “Group Progress by Learning Path” report

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Opt-in manual lesson completion for learners

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As learners watch a lesson, SafeStack will track their progress in the background and will mark a lesson as being completed. Occasionally, learners may find that their lesson wasn’t marked as completed depending on external factors such as their network connection. This would mean the learner would have to re-do the lesson or contact our support team for assistance.

We’ve introduced the ability for learners to mark a lesson in the Secure Development program as complete, which group leaders can opt-into from the Organization section under the Settings menu.

Turning this option on will show a Mark as Complete button alongside the player controls when a learner is watching a lesson. Learners are asked to confirm their decision, warning them that their lesson progress will reflect that it was manually completed.

Deleting users from your organization is now self-service

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We’ve implemented some extra functionality to enable group leaders to manage their teams better, with the ability to delete users. Simply search for the user you wish to delete in the Manage Users section, then click the Delete button straight from the drop down menu. Alternatively, you can also use the Delete User section while editing a user’s account, at the bottom of the page.

A safety net is also in place to ensure you don’t accidentally delete the wrong user without double-checking. As noted in the confirmation dialog, you can manually download a copy of a user’s progress report before deletion, as all of their data will be lost once deleted.

Manage Users is now more visible - as a main sidebar item

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Instead of navigating to “Settings → Manage Users”, group leaders can now access the “Manage Users” functionality directly in the sidebar.

We’ve made this minor change to provide better visibility for an important feature used by group leaders.

Previously, Manage Users was under Settings


Now, Manage Users is its own sidebar item

Changes to help companies achieve their compliance goals more easily

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At SafeStack, we love making it easier for organizations to meet their compliance training requirements. Our training is designed to support compliance requirements for frameworks like ISO27001, PCI DSS and SOC2. In order to highlight what parts of our training apply to which compliance frameworks, a few weeks ago, we released a handy compliance page.

Compliance training is spread across both our Secure Development program as well as the Security Awareness program. Some of our more recent customers were not able to view or buy the Security Awareness program, while we worked on making some strategic changes to the program.

We are now happy to announce that:

  1. all Secure Development customers, who didn’t have access to the Security Awareness program, now have access to a limited set of free courses from this program

  2. all Secure Development customers can now buy the Security Awareness program as an add-on

  3. your learners will not see any Security Awareness content, until one of your Group Leaders assigns them to the program

  4. we have redesigned our subscription page to better highlight what plan you are on and what add-ons are available for your organization in SafeStack

  5. the subscription page itself has been moved from “Settings → Subscription” to “Subscription” in the sidebar

Head over to our course catalog and check out the Security Awareness courses available, for free, for your organization!

Or check out the new subscription page, from where you can buy or manage your subscription for any of our programs or add-ons.

PS: You can read more about how we can help you meet your compliance needs here.

Improved handling of Learning Path due dates

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When setting up your Learning Path, you’ve previously been able to add a due date that your learners should have completed their courses. This due date in some instances would show as being a day forward or behind depending on if learners were in a different timezone.

We’ve now added the ability to set the due time that courses should be completed by, and improved how the due date is shown to group leaders and their learners based on their current timezone.