Cyber security, once again!

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series.

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, I’m a control freak when it comes to cyber security. I know it, you know it too. It’s no big surprise that I’ve just ended my last MOOC for this year and it’s related to this matter.

Once again I’ve used the FutureLearn platform, one of the best places to find free courses, to pick up a two-week course about the basics of cyber security for Small and Medium Enterprises. Yes, it’s about how to raise the awareness and about the understanding of this kind of risks. In the Trump-era the bar for the security has to be raised higher, no need to explain the reasons why.

The course is held by Dr. Nick Patterson for the Deakin University and it’s straight on focus. You will get what kind of threats your business could face, what kind of damages you may suffer, what to do to get a better work environment and how to start planning a cyber security policy in your workplace. The better part of the suggested software is free, that means that even the smallest business could afford to be safer.

Boring stuff? Maybe. Still a better love story than Twilight, if you ask me about that. Setting jokes aside, it’s your money and your business. You are in control and you have to decide about that. As an IT professional, I will urge you to do your best right now. In the last ten years, the basic toolbox for crackers (that means, hackers who steal and/or destroy your data) has become available for free or for minimal amounts of bitcoins and that maxed the number of wannabe Cybercriminals all around the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, do your best to be safer. I’m sick and tired seeing enterprises damaged or destroyed.

Link to the course (it’s FREE!) HERE.


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