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Cybersecurity 101 for HR Pros

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Course Duration: 1 hr 2 mins
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits: 1.0
  • HRCI General Recertification Credits: 1.0
  • Certificate of Completion (after passing quiz)

Think about all of the data your organization collects from employees, partners, and customers. Emails, documents, research, and other confidential information can be worth millions to an attacker. For criminals, attacking data centers directly can be time consuming and risky, so instead they seek out vulnerable employees with a high level of access. HR Professionals find themselves in the crosshairs because they are often the perfect target for those attackers.

Cybersecurity for HR Professionals aims to teach anyone, not just what to do in order to be more secure, but why those steps are important. Students will walk away with an understanding for how criminals take advantage of people online, and will be better able to protect themselves and their businesses. The course is a bridge between the information security world and day-to-day HR functions. High level best practices are distilled into a working knowledge that anyone who uses a computer every day will be able to grasp.

In this course, we'll tackle the basics of securing your accounts and devices and work our way to real world cases of political espionage and tax fraud. Along the way, we will cover major I.T. buzzwords such as:

  • Two Factor Authentication
  • Password Managers
  • Phishing
  • Ransomware

Don't let your team make headlines for the wrong reasons! HR is in a unique position to help protect its organization. Note: The information in this course should be used as a guide. Always check with your IT department before implementing any changes to ensure it aligns with their directives and remains compliant with appropriate laws.

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Title: Closing Remarks
Module: Conclusion
Duration: 1:10

It is my sincere hope that you are walking away from this course feeling empowered to do more in your personal and professional life to stay safe. The ball is now in your court, so decide what you can do to take some of the best practices offered through the course and implement at home and at work. As I have said throughout, security is a spectrum, and only you can determine your risk profile and how best to address those concerns.

I tried to develop this course to stand the test of time, which isn’t very long in the technology world. I can promise you that things will change quickly and the safest people are those who are paying attention and are flexible enough to adapt. The key is always to understand the why. Why does IT want your device to lock? Or why is Facebook pushing you to have a recovery phone number on your account? Don’t ignore or accept any security layer without really understanding why that measure is in place. If you decide to always understand the why, then you will be able to make informed decisions about your security.

Thank you so much for taking this course and I wish you the best of luck as you continue to pursue a career in Human Resources management.

Instructor: Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson works with small businesses to build and protect their brands online. He is an IT Generalist whose primary services include: Web Design & Development, Cybersecurity Consulting & Training, and Social Media Marketing. He also provides outside support for organizations that need someone managing their email & web hosting. He has a Bachelor's Degree...

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