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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: Introduction
Module: Data Loss Prevention
Duration: 1:14

Data loss is a broad term which covers any incidents where data is destroyed, no longer accessible, and stolen or leaked to the public.

On an individual level, data loss could be as simple as losing a thumb drive that had your upcoming work presentation files saved on it. It could also mean losing your iTunes password, and no longer being able to log into the right email account to reset it, causing you to get locked out of the music you purchased over many years. On a corporate level, a common example of a data loss incident would be a disgruntled employee attempting to remove proprietary files from the building. That person may try and sell the data online, or leak it to a journalist in the hopes of damaging the institution.

Regardless of how it occurs, the loss of data can be quite costly to a business, and devastating to individuals. For many people and businesses, their data is more valuable to an attacker than anything else. There was once a time when attackers would steal hardware like laptops or computers in the hopes of breaking them down and selling the parts. Now, the data contained on the devices or the access that those devices provide to data is typically more desirable.

In this section I’m going to cover some emerging threats that are quite scary for both individuals and organizations, along with best practices to reduce the likelihood of a data breach and to backup and protect your data.

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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