At least two years ago nobody seems to put utmost importance to cyber security and the dangers of putting it last in the order of priority. And at the industry of my profession, it seems really odd given the prevalence of cyber attacks affecting individuals and large organizations, causing website defacement, service disruption, data breach, identity theft, and many more things one couldn’t imagine.
Fast forward to today, the press releases and awareness campaigns are all around. From print ads to visual media, everybody now is preaching about the dangers of not getting this solution, and that software, to keep everybody’s data safe and secure. From “risk” to “DDOS” to “APT”, an entire spectrum of terminologies is thrown all over the place to convince that we are digitally vulnerable. It’s like being pushed to the brink and your only choices are to jump or to believe.
This would not be the case if only we, as IT professionals, have the ability to make informed decisions.
The thing about cyber security is that awareness can only get you so far. It takes proper education and a conscious mindset for one to be able to do what are considered as best practices, and put all these concepts associated with it into proper perspective. Experts Academy currently offers three basic, but very essential courses, for individuals who’d like to strengthen their cyber security fundamentals:
(ICDL) Online Essentials
A good starting point for individuals / academic students with no corporate world experience, or even for someone who wants to set things straight about the world wide web (as an antagonist once said in the movie Dr. Strange, “Forget everything you think you know”). This course sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication, and email.
(ICDL) IT Security
For power users who use the computer and the internet on a daily basis. This course allows learners to understand concepts underlying the secure use of information and communication technology (ICT), as well as to use techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the internet safely, and manage data and information appropriately.
(Cisco) Network Security Associate
For network administrators working in a Cisco environment and would like to specialize in network security. Serving as a preparation for CCNA Security certification, a network professional acquires the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.
Soon, Experts Academy will add more advanced courses focusing on the very core concept of cyber security, with emphasis on cyber crime, investigation and response processes, and forensics. As the top producer of certified network professionals in the country, it’s about time for us to help contribute in addressing one of the major concerns in the ICT world today by producing fundamentally sound, locally trained security practitioners.
Author: Marlon Valdez, CCIE 50549, CCDP.
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