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Study Up: Your Online Learning System May Be Vulnerable to Hack

Karen Kroll | July 29, 2014

Online learning is a booming part of compliance training these days—and a seldom-discussed IT weakness in such systems is growing along with it.

First, the good news: e-learning for compliance is humming right along. Statistics specifically for compliance are hard to come by, but anecdotal evidence is strong. “In the early days, online training had to fight to prove that it could be a cornerstone of an effective compliance program,” says Kirsten Liston, associate vice president, learning content strategy with SAI Global Compliance, a provider of compliance solutions. “Now, we take it as a given.”

Now the bad news: while e-learning courses have compelling benefits, they also can carry the same security risks as other information systems. That means compliance officers need to remain vigilant in ensuring that employees actually are studying and learning the material they appear to be learning.

“You can’t just roll out an e-learning system and relax. You have to...

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