Corporate training is critical to any organization's strategy to build a competent and productive workforce. AppSec training is vital, enabling developers to learn how to build secure software products. However, not all learners have the same learning abilities, which is why companies need to prioritize accessibility in their training content.
In this blog post, we will explore the importance of WCAG in AppSec training and how it can benefit both learners and developers. We will also discuss how Security Journey's AppSec Education Platform adheres to WCAG standards and provides accessible AppSec training to learners worldwide.
What is WCAG?
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are internationally recognized standards that ensure web content is accessible to people with disabilities. Developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), WCAG provides guidelines for making web content perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
WCAG guidelines ensure that web content is more accessible to people with disabilities. These guidelines specifically focus on natural information such as text, images, and sounds and code or markup that defines structure and presentation. In the US, the technical requirements of the Section 508 procurement law refer to WCAG for web content, documents, and software.
WCAG guidelines are structured into four main principles:
- Perceivable - Content should be presented so that users can perceive with a wide range of abilities, including those with visual, auditory, or cognitive impairments.
- Operable - Content should be designed so that users can interact with it effectively using a variety of input devices, including keyboards, mice, and touchscreens.
- Understandable - Content should be presented in a way that is clear, concise, and easy to understand for users with a wide range of cognitive abilities.
- Robust - Content should be compatible with a variety of assistive technologies, such as screen readers and speech recognition software.
Why is WCAG Important for AppSec Training?
Corporate training aims to equip employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their respective roles. However, not all learners have the same learning abilities.
Therefore, it is essential to ensure that the training content is accessible to all learners, regardless of their disabilities or learning difficulties. Companies should prioritize WCAG Accessibility when developing their application security program to ensure all learners have equal access to the training content.
By prioritizing accessibility in corporate training, companies can improve employee engagement, productivity, and retention rates. It also promotes diversity and inclusion, which are essential elements of a thriving workplace culture.
Additionally, it is equally important to demonstrate the principles of WCAG to developers during their learning process. This not only helps them gain a solid understanding of the importance of accessibility but also reinforces the need for accessibility in the applications they will be developing in the future. By imparting this knowledge and skillset to developers, we can create more inclusive and user-friendly software products for everyone.
Security Journey Supports WCAG
At Security Journey, we strive to ensure that our lessons are accessible to everyone. That's why we developed the Security Journey AppSec Education Platform, the first secure coding training platform that offers global accessibility support. Our platform adheres to WCAG standards such as Section 508 and EN 301 549, which ensures that all learners, including those who are sight or hearing impaired, can access the same in-depth training and build their AppSec expertise.
Our user-friendly platform enables large enterprises to provide their development teams with secure and accessible AppSec education. Our learner interface features over 800 lessons, complete with captions and text alternatives for images, making it easier for learners to access content using assistive technologies.
We believe everyone should have access to quality AppSec education, and our platform is designed to make that a reality. You can learn more from our team of application security training experts today.