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Well, not really, but we almost fooled you, right? As information technology becomes more prevalent in our lives, swindlers and scammers increasingly try their best to steal your information. Not only are they trying to hoodwink you out of your money and personal information, they do so in ways that are becoming more difficult to detect.
Free offers (like the example illustrated above), malware posing as legitimate applications (such as virus detection software), phishing scams from sources posing as legitimate sources (like your bank or your favourite clothing store), and social engineering scams trying to persuade you to send money, are just a few examples of ways you may be tempted into giving away your private information. For more information on common IT security errors to avoid, read our blog and learn how to break those bad habits.
October is: Cyber Security Awareness Month.
What Does This Mean?
Cyber security awareness means that we each have a responsibility to make sure everyone is more secure from an IT perspective. As a professional application security company, we feel that we have a responsibility to make sure the public is informed about how to avoid being scammed by malicious actors, and that we should spread the message to help our community learn more about the importance of cyber security.
Although organizations spend considerable amounts of money on cyber security in efforts to protect their users, they cannot protect users in all cases. As a last line of defense, it is important for everyone to be educated about how to protect themselves online. By adhering to a number of simple steps and principles, individuals can reduce the chance that they will fall victim to a cyber attack. Cyber security awareness aim to maximize the reach of this education and awareness by calling on everyone to participate. If you know the basics of staying safe online, why not teach someone in your family? (This is a tried and true method of earning brownie points with your mother in law.) If you don’t think that you know the basics, ask someone who does, or look for information at these links:
- Are You Coding Securely?
- 5 IT Security Errors You Are Probably Making
- Improving Your Password Habits With Passphrases
Over the course of this month at Security Compass, we will be releasing articles on our blog covering topics such as safe browsing, cyber crime , and the Internet of Things (IoT), in order to help raise your cyber security awareness through education.
In addition, our Secure Software Practitioner (SSP) Suites are currently almost 70% off in celebration of Cyber Security Awareness month. All students who complete the suite and pass the certification exam by Dec 31, 2016 will receive an additional $150 gift card to Amazon.
SSP Suites, developed by Security Compass in partnership with (ISC)², provides individuals or teams of developers with the skills needed to write more secure software code, reduce vulnerabilities, and enhance the overall security posture of an organization’s software products. The suites are comprised of a series of online, on-demand learning courses that teach foundational elements of software security and language-specific secure coding. Each suite of courses caters to specific roles within the organization, organized in the form of role-based training and breaks down the learning so users efficiently learn only what they need. Following the courses, users validate their skills by passing an (ISC)² certificate exam.
The suites available are:
Each suite consists of five courses, with the first four courses being identical: Securing Software Concepts, Design, Coding and OWASP Top 10. The final course within each suite includes a course for the category of choice (.NET, Java, Mobile or PHP). The entire suite can be completed in approximately five hours. Following the courses, students will have 90 minutes to complete a 60-question, multiple choice exam delivered online via Pearson Vue. Once the candidate passes, they will have earned the Secure Software Practitioner badge.
If you’re not technically inclined but want to learn how not to fall victim to online scams, we also offer a light course called Security Awareness suitable for any individual interested in learning how to become more security-aware. (Gift idea for your mother-in-law, father-in-law, uncles, aunts, anyone?)
It’s up to all of us to become more conscious and aware of cyber security threats, and learn how to defend against them.