Our company

We have suffered death by PowerPoint many times and feel that understanding policy requirements doesn’t need to be overwhelming for the user. This inspired us to create security awareness training that is entertaining, effective and most importantly memorable.

By engaging users and making security personally relevant, we enable behavior change and teach cyber vigilance.

Our combined experience and qualifications in security and governance, information technology, training, corporate communications, psychology, change management and marketing allows us translate complex security subjects into relevant, simple and memorable training material.

“Smart way of informing employees about security risks, catchy!”

Our Approach

A picture is worth a thousand words and we believe a good story is worth a thousand training sessions.

We create stories that apply key learning points to the working environment; they explain potential threats, as well as how and why policies need to be complied with and what the expected behaviour should be.

Key messages in our stories are based on industry best practice and include elements of security frameworks such as ISO 27001, industry standards such as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and regulations such as Privacy laws (PPI).

“Key messages in our stories are based on industry best practice”

Story based training works

Listening to a story actually changes our brain function; biochemical changes take place in the brain; decreasing the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) promoting relaxation and reducing stress. This creates an optimal mental state for retaining new information.

People don't just think, they also feel

People don’t just think, they also feel. This is why stories and real experiences are so powerful; we remember stories, they engage our emotions, trigger our imagination and motivate us into action.

How people remember

People remember only 4 items at once in working memory, provided they have focused attention. We are also social animals and learn best when messages are related to familiar situations.  This is why our stories are short and focused on 4 key messages that apply to the working environment. By tying key messages together in a story, it is much easier to assimilate into long-term memory than a list of policy information that needs to be remembered.

Meet the Management Team

Anna Collard

CEO & Founder

Sacha O'Reilly

Business Development

Faizal Human

Technical Operations & Support

Cali Coetzee

Campaigns & Operations

The Extended Popcorn Training Team

We work with a team of skilled 2D Animators, who have previously worked on major internationally televised cartoon productions (including Disney productions); experienced and award winning Sound Engineers and talented Voice Over Artists. Our gifted, creative Graphic and Web Designers ensure we customize marketing material according to our client’s corporate identity.

Our Partners

Social Responsibility

We have pledged to donate a percentage of our profits every year to Cape Town based NGO “The Carpenter’s Shop” and are very fortunate to be able to contribute to a cause that supports the education and training of individuals in need.

The latest addition to The Carpenter’s Shop training offerings is a basic computer skills training for which we sit on the advisory board. Thank you for all our customer’s support over the years.

The Carpenter’s Shop is committed to providing academically disadvantaged people with skills for entry-level jobs, so that they can change their lives from dependency to independence. For more info go to www.thecarpentersshop.org.za

Media Room

Fending off increasingly sophisticated attacks

The biggest challenge Anna Collard is faced with on a daily basis is keeping up with the increased level of sophistication of attacks and finding ways to stay creative and innovative to address the human factor.

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Popcorn Training wins Gold in Global Excellence Award

The Security Awareness programme called ‘Something Phishy’, by South African specialist Cyber Security Awareness Company, Popcorn Training, has won Gold at the Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards 2016, category: ‘Security Training and Educational Programs (11...

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Popcorn Training and POPI Bill featured in Saturday Star

The Saturday Star (Dec 7th, 2013) featured Popcorn Training’s innovative approach and insights into how to protect your personal information. Anna Collard, co-founder of Popcorn Training shared her insights into why we need POPI (Protection of Personal Information...

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Popcorn Training Launches in Cape Town

Popcorn Training, Security Awareness Training firm, held their official Cape Town launch at the V & A Waterfront’s Cinema Nouveau. Popcorn Training has created a unique awareness program. Its effective story based approach addresses the weighty topic of Cybercrime and...

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