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Cyber Security Foundations: Why Cyber Security is Important

EC-Council via FutureLearn

Overview

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Cyber attacks cost an enormous amount of money every year. This figure is on the rise. According to one source, the cost of cybercrime for 2021 will rise to $6 trillion, double the estimated figure for 2015. By 2025, this is predicted to rise to $10.5 trillion.

This course will show you why cyber security is important. You’ll learn about common types of cyber attacks, including phishing, viruses, and social engineering attacks, and how you can protect against them. You’ll also learn how to build a safe password policy, build in ransomware protection, and best practices for mobile data security.

Explore common cyber attacks and how to protect against them

To understand why cyber security is important, we must understand the risks we face.

This cyber security training course is designed to introduce you to some of the most common and dangerous cyber attacks. Topics covered include:

  • how to build a good password policy and how using a password manager increases data security

  • the risks associated with using unknown USB drives, including USB “rubber ducky” password stealers

  • how to defend against viruses, including ransomware protection, and what to do when infected

  • the cyber security risks associated with social media, including social engineering attacks

  • how to identify spear phishing and phishing emails

  • best practices for mobile data security, including VPNs and DNS redirects

  • disaster recovery and how to prepare for worst-case scenarios

Completing this introduction to cyber security will enable you to take the first key steps to protecting your organization’s data. With these cyber security basics, you can prevent sensitive information getting into the wrong hands and avoid the associated costs.

This cyber security training is aimed at IT professionals who want to understand how to protect their organization from cyber attacks.

This might include data administrators, those working with sensitive data, or those targeting a career in cyber security.

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EC-Council Educator Team

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