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6 Resources for Improving Cybersecurity Knowledge.

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Posted by Jackie Edwards - 06 February, 2020

In an 1817 letter to a colleague, Thomas Jefferson argued for public-education funding by noting that “knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge is happiness.” More than 200 years later, Jefferson’s message can easily be applied to the cybersecurity industry.

IT security professionals must continually gather information and monitor industry bulletins to keep abreast of the latest developments. That’s easier said than done with cybercrime growing at an alarming rate. Security analysts identify more than 350,000 new malicious programs every day, with more than 90 percent using polymorphic code that continually mutates in order to confound conventional antivirus and antimalware programs.

The growing shortage of qualified IT security professionals exacerbates the problem. Short-staffed and overworked IT pros find it difficult to pursue continuing education and industry certifications to enhance their knowledge of the latest threats.  

RMM Solutions is committed to giving customers the solutions and services they need to protect themselves against evolving threats. In addition to providing leading-edge products required for a multilayered security environment, we also offer a range of educational resources to help you stay informed about the latest threats and the most effective countermeasures. Here six resources to help you protect yourself:

Seminars. Our periodic seminars provide a great environment for cybersecurity professionals to meet with peers and industry leaders to gain first-hand information about the latest threats and solutions. Our next seminar on Feb. 14 will focus on using the Fortinet Security Fabric to synchronize a variety of network and security sensors and tools to collect, coordinate and respond to threats in real time. Click here to register. 

Webinars. We cover a variety of topics with our RMMtech Talk webinars, which feature interactive participation with shared documents and slides. Webinars are recorded and made available through our website for those who can’t participate in the live broadcast. For example, you can access a recent presentation on dark web ID scanning here.

Tech fairs. Our annual technology fair is the largest in the region. The most recent event included educational sessions covering a wide range of cybersecurity topics such as dark web research, securing the Internet of Things, security information and event management, and data privacy regulations. Additionally, participants were able to get hands-on training at our cyber warfare range. You can watch highlights of the event here.

Employee training and education. Because most data breaches are caused by human error (weak passwords, lost devices, etc.) consistent training and education programs are essential security practices. RMM’s Employee Awareness program features multiple training modules that reinforce the need for employee diligence. You can read more about the program and register here.

Blogs. Although our blog isn’t entirely focused on security, many of our posts provide easy-to-read information about the latest threats, challenges, solutions and services. Recent topics include managed firewall services, strong passwords and security assessments.

Newsletters. Our newest educational feature is Mike Pape’s weekly “This Weak on Security” email newsletter. It features a collection of trending security news stories, best-practice procedures, tips and suggestions — as well as an in-depth look at the previous week’s most noteworthy security exploits. You can join our mailing list here.

It’s hard to overstate the value of good information in the world of cybersecurity. IBM has reported that human error is the leading cause in 95 percent of all breaches, which suggests that simple mistakes can compromise even the best security technologies. Thomas Jefferson was no expert on cybersecurity, but his advice still rings true. Knowledge is power, safety and happiness, and RMM Solutions is committed to providing customers with the resources they need to remain well-informed about evolving cybersecurity matters.

Topics: cybersecurity, cybersecurity strategy, malware, Thisweakonsecurity


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