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Information Security Awareness: An introduction for UK SMEs

Recognise the main UK SME cyber security breaches and learn how to protect yourself and your company from common attacks
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 49m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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Video Score: 7.8 / 10
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Table of contents

Description

What Will I Learn?
•The value of stolen information and how to recognise UK SME cyber security threats including viruses, spyware, malware, impersonation, denial-of-service, hacking, identity theft and corporate identity fraud,•How social engineering attacks operate and how to protect yourself through cautious behaviour, call verification and by applying email precautions,•Sound practices to safely handle email attachments and follow hyperlinks, identify fake emails, and recognise common business scams,•To recognise and avoid social media dangers including identity theft, social engineering attacks and malware, by adopting sound social media practices,•To securely manage your passwords. 
Requirements
•An appreciation of the small business workplace,•A general familiarity with internet browsing and common office applications.

Description
UK SMEs are at risk of cyber-attack.  Security awareness training helps SMEs defend themselves.  This introductory, non-technical information security awareness course, avoids (almost all) jargon to outline key SME workplace security threats and give you actionable solutions.
 
Develop a security-mindset based on a realistic, evidence-based UK SME threat awareness
•Know who the attackers target and why,•Minimise your user-enabled security attacks,•Defend yourself and your company against phishing and other lure-based attacks,•Adopt safe, and avoid unsafe workplace social media practices,•Improve your password management.

Protect yourself and your SME
SMEs with a security-aware culture are less likely to suffer an expensive cyber-attack.  Educating yourself about workplace information security threats and adopting secure practices will help protect your company.  This course introduces end-user focused, straightforward, non-technical security awareness topics.

The course is particularly suited to micro (0-9 employees) and small (10-49 employees) SMEs.  Some medium (50-249 employees) SMEs will benefit from parts of the course.  Most examples and many references in the course are UK sourced.

Individuals, families, small businesses and large organisations share many information security threats.  How SMEs should prepare for and respond to these threats differs from the other categories of user.  Defensive techniques and tips offered in this course are UK SME oriented.

Key information security awareness topics are presented in a straightforward, accessible and practical manner.

At the end of each topic, use the workbooks to determine further security awareness actions.

Course content and overview
Actionable end-user security awareness training is structured around five key, standalone topics:
•You are a target,•Social engineering,•Dangerous email and links,•Social media issues,•Password risks.

This course comprises of 33 lectures and around 2 hours of lecture content.  Each topic divides into several short lectures.  Lectures typically last 4-8 minutes.  Following each topic, are practice activities and resources: e.g. a downloadable lecture pdf, an online quiz providing immediate feedback, a downloadable workbook and a topic bibliography.

A course completion certificate is also available.

Course topics
 
You are a target
This topic considers the value of personal or company information and how it is sold on darknet markets.  It introduces identity theft, highlighting the type of people deliberately targeted.  Corporate identity fraud and basic protection approaches are addressed.  Common workplace information security threats, as identified by a UK government survey, are introduced.
 
Social engineering
This topic introduces social engineering is and explains its popularity amongst attackers.  Three main malicious social engineering techniques are introduced.  Mainly UK social engineering examples are given.  Defensive techniques against social engineering attacks are outlined.
 
Dangerous email and links
This topic considers email attachment dangers.  The reasons attackers favour email are given.  Email protection steps are provided.  Hyperlinks and their dangers are explained.  How to distinguish between real and fake email is explored.  Scams targeting UK SMEs and protection advice are introduced.  A specific attack type – spear phishing – is also considered.

Social media issues
This topic introduces workplace social media.  SME social media concerns are outlined.  Key social media dangers including identity theft, social engineering attacks, malware infection, plus employee and employer risks are discussed.  Social media advice for UK SME employees and employers is provided.
 
Password risks
This topic considers key password issues including the ‘worst’ passwords, too many passwords, forgotten passwords and main types of password attack.  Technical security controls for passwords and their limitations are outlined.  The contrast between how users manage passwords and how they should manage their passwords is explored.  Poor password hygiene practice is demonstrated.  Good practice password hygiene is explained.  Two-factor authentication is outlined.  SME password security – managing multiple logins and passwords plus security tips for passwords are introduced.

You will learn

✓ Recognise the main UK SME cyber security threats including viruses, malware, impersonation, hacking, identity theft and corporate identity fraud.
✓ Protect yourself from social engineering attacks through cautious behaviour, call verification and email precautions.
✓ Safely handle email attachments and follow hyperlinks, identify fake emails, and recognise common business scams.
✓ Avoid social media dangers including identity theft, social engineering attacks and malware, and adopt sound social media practices.
✓ Securely manage your passwords.

Requirements

• An appreciation of UK small business and its environment.A general familiarity with internet browsing and typical office applications.

This course is for

• This course is designed for:
• UK-based SME employers and employees, especially those working with office computing or mobile applications including browsers, email, word processors and spreadsheets.
• Computing and business students interested in UK small business.
• This course is not designed for:
• UK SME employees not using computers, mobile devices or accessing the internet.
• People without a UK SME interest or awareness.
• This is a non-technical course focussed on small business security awareness. Except for evaluation purposes, this course is not appropriate for.
• Information security professionals.
• Technical IT staff.
• Government or large organisation staff.

How much does the Information Security Awareness: An introduction for UK SMEs course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $14.99. And currently there is a 83% discount on the original price of the course, which was $89.99. So you save $75 if you enroll the course now.
The average price is $15.2 of 43 Information Security courses on Udemy.

Does the Information Security Awareness: An introduction for UK SMEs course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, Information Security Awareness: An introduction for UK SMEs has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the Information Security Awareness: An introduction for UK SMEs course, but there is a $75 discount from the original price ($89.99). So the current price is just $14.99.

Who is the instructor? Is David Chapman, PhD a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

David Chapman, PhD has created 4 courses that got 2,650 reviews which are generally positive. David Chapman, PhD has taught 6,614 students and received a 4.5 average review out of 2,650 reviews. Depending on the information available, David Chapman, PhD is a TRUSTED instructor.
Data protection & information security trainer
I am the co-founder of CHL, a small UK company providing online data protection and information security courses.




My PhD is in small firm information security.




My working life has been in IT.  As a practitioner, trainer and academic.




I’m Australian and proud of it. But, despite the weather, I have lived in the UK for over forty years.

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 49m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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