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The quality of your IT security skills may mean the difference between data loss and high security. Encouraging your team to develop better IT security skills on their own time is unlikely to be effective. Instead, you need to develop an enterprise strategy to identify critical skills and equip your staff to succeed. The Right Way To Approach IT Security Skills Before we launch into specific examples of IT security skills to develop, there are a few other questions to consider first. After all, some organizations, like defense contractors, face different security expectations than small businesses. To quickly assess your IT security situation, review these quick self-assessment questions. ●  What Did You Find In Your Latest IT Security Threat Assessment? Review the most recent threat assessment completed at your company. If one has never been done, schedule this work for the coming year. ●  What Patterns and Issues Have Contributed To Recent IT Security Incidents? Review the IT security incidents your company has suffered in the past year or two. For example, you may find that you have had several events related to cloud security. In that case, it makes sense to develop IT security skills to address that gap. ●  What Is Your Organization’s Technical Complexity? As you add more technology to your business, you are faced with increased IT security risks. For example, adding SaaS tools to your company requires ongoing IT security monitoring. Your IT security skills need to keep up with the changing technology you install. ●  Which Staff Has IT Security Skills As An Interest Or Goal? Lastly, but certainly not least, review the career goals of your staff. For example, you may...

Work-from-home security is getting a lot more attention because millions of employees are now working remotely. Unless you provide direction, your employees may accidentally act in a less secure manner. After all, working from home requires new behaviors, habits and processes to maintain organizational security.  To make sure your work from home security training is sufficient, you need to understand the current state. Use the following self-assessment process to find gaps and needs in your workforce. Self Assess Your Work From Home Security Situation Use these steps to understand your current state for work-from-home security. By going through this process, you can develop highly relevant training. 1. Review Your Organization’s IT Security Training Materials Go through your company’s current IT security training documents, courses and e-learning. Look for evidence that work-from-home security issues and examples are covered. If this issue has not been included in meaningful detail, your training approach will need to be comprehensive. If there is some coverage of the topic, you may be able to develop a more limited training program. 2. Review Recent Messaging To Staff On Security In some cases, managers and executives may speak about security best practices. Survey a few leaders in the organization to see what has already been recently said. You might find out that there are some relevant points you can reinforce when you develop your training. For example, if the CEO referenced IT security as a priority on a call with investors, you can reference that point. 3. Assess Work From Home Security Technology Review the hardware and software that employees have on hand. For example, employees might have specialized authenticated hardware devices to improve security....

The ongoing COVID-19 situation is causing wide-spread disruption of society, from industry and commerce to our daily lives. Unfortunately, scammers are already trying to take advantage of us on digital platforms, which are crucial to keeping us all connected in times like these. “Criminal activity by hackers and fraudsters exploiting people’s uncertainty and fears have already begun. We have seen cases where people have impersonated the World Health Organisation (WHO) and critical national authorities to conduct fraud, spread fake information, and carry out so-called phishing attacks to obtain sensitive information through e-mail and telephone. 7 ways to help us all stay cyber-safe Luckily, there are many actions you can take in your own way of work and daily business to stay cyber-secure. Be aware of fake information. Only trust information from verified official sources.  A crucial step in a hacking attempt is often for the hacker to mask their identity as someone you would usually trust, what we call impersonation. The WHO and NCDC (National Centre for Disease Control), are typical victims of such impersonation. The WHO has found it necessary to inform about how they will communicate on their websites to help people not fall victim to hackers. Only trust information about COVID-19 from official sources. If in doubt, visit the official source on their website directly to see what information is available there.Verify that the sender is who they claim to be. This can be done by checking if the e-mail address is the correct address of the alleged individual or organization, or by contacting the sender through alternative communication by calling or sending SMS to verify if they have sent you...

In the simplest terms, 5G is a new cellular standard. Phone carriers have jumped to a new wireless standard roughly every decade. About 10 years ago, 4G, the fourth-generation network, arrived with significantly faster speeds and stronger reliability than 3G. About a decade before that, 3G arrived and was much faster and more robust than 2G. You get the picture. What will I do with 5G? The benefits will probably feel subtle and significant. Lower latency is crucial to future mobile applications. It could make virtual reality work more smoothly — like if you were watching a virtual-reality broadcast of a live sports game and wanted to look around the stadium. Reduced lag may also improve gaming: If you were playing a shooting game with friends online, there would be less delay between button presses and your actions in the game. A reduction in latency will also help internet-connected devices talk to one another immediately. That is why technologists are looking to 5G deployment as a crucial step toward a world of autonomous cars. If one car is 5G equipped and so is the other, they can tell each other when they are braking. Or if the vehicle is signaling to turn right, it can communicate the turn to cars behind it so they can slow down or switch lanes. Will 5G be faster than Wi-Fi? In some cases, yes. While Wi-Fi is also very fast, it pulls data from a broadband connection, which is susceptible to degraded performance when others nearby are using it. By design, 5G transmits high amounts of data more efficiently, so it is expected to significantly mitigate network congestion. There...

You might think that the only form of cybercrime you have to worry about is hackers stealing your financial information. But it may not be so simple. There are far more concerns than just basic financial ones. Cybercrime continues to evolve, with new threats surfacing every year. Keep Everything Updated More devices than you realize are connected to the internet. Your phone, wi-fi router, printer, and even some refrigerators could potentially pose a threat. One of the simplest ways to avoid being hacked is to consistently update these devices. By staying up-to-date on the latest software and news surrounding your devices, you’ll not only avoid unwanted bugs and glitches, but you’ll also increase their information security. Software and device developers often build additional security stop-gaps into new updates. If you’re always running the latest versions of software, the likelihood that one of these devices is compromised decreases. Lock It Down Strong, secure passwords are easy and effective ways to limit your risks. Long, random and complex passwords make it much more challenging for anyone unwanted to gain access to your data. And use a password manager. There are numerous programs out there that keep track of your long and complex passwords for you, and even generate secure ones for new sites you sign up for. This is a great way to ensure that the vulnerability of your accounts is limited, and even if one site is compromised, ensuring that it’s unlikely others are with it. Learn The Common Tricks Laughter may be the best medicine, but education is the best vaccine. The best way to protect yourself from compromise is to learn what...