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After WannaCry outbreak, ESET offers free cyber security training

In the wake of the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, security firm ESET is offering free cyber security awareness training to anyone interested in learning more about its importance and how to lower the risk of being attacked.

ESET’s Cyber Security Awareness Training covers: 

  • Threat overview: Malware, phishing & social engineering;
  • Password policies: Best practices; 2FA and how to use it;
  • Web protection: What to look for; what to avoid;
  • Email protection: What to look for; what to avoid; and
  • Preventive measures: Best practices for security at home and in business.

According to Nick FitzGerald, senior research fellow at ESET, the WannaCry ransomware attacks were something of a surprise, catching organisations off-guard. Further, they had highlighted a shortfall in cyber security measures across many sectors, from SMBs to enterprise and even government agencies.

“IT security folk, in particular, have been placed under pressure to prepare reactive warning mechanisms for untrained staff to continually be wary of unexpected email messages, especially if they contain in any way ‘unusual’ or unexpected attachments, or try to entice the reader to click on a link.

“As in most ransomware attacks, the email distribution vector of WannaCry has capitalised on an understanding that most organisations will have one or more staff members who are not sufficiently trained to detect the warning signs of an attack. If more organisations offered easy access to cyber security training for their staff, WannaCryptor may have had little chance of success in the first place,” he said.

Between July 2015 and June 2016, Australia’s national computer emergency response team (CERT) responded to 14,804 cyber security incidents affecting Australian businesses, 418 of which involved systems of national interest and critical infrastructure. 

More information or the training, is available at ESET's website


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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