Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Firebrand NORDICS Wins Awards...

We’re delighted to announce that Firebrand Training NORDICS has again been named as a Microsoft Learning Partner of the Year. In only three years of existence, Firebrand NORDICS has won this award twice. We’ve also retained our Training Partner of the Year awards from EC-Council and (ISC)2.



Over 30,000 professionals have trained with us. The reason?  Frank Højgaard, Managing Director, explains: It is fantastic to receive awards and recognition from Microsoft. Thousands of students have experienced Accelerated Learning with Firebrand Training, and it has proven a massive success in the Nordics. We gain feedback from each of our students, and there is a clear trend in why they continue to recommend us. This includes: saving both time and money, being able to focus 100% on learning in our distraction-free environment, and leaving the course with a guaranteed certification. The award confirms that this is a winning combination.”

One example of how fast we are is the 12 day Microsoft MCTS/MCITP Enterprise & Server Administrator course. Traditional training would take 51 business days overall. We’re 400% faster. Firebrand saves the customer 41 business days. One can get both the certs in just 10 business days.

A Microsoft spokesperson said: "Firebrand Training is growing rapidly and is focusing on having Microsoft as a strategic business partner. The professional and flexible approach has played a role in ensuring excellent results. This has benefitted both the customer and Microsoft."

Is Your Password "Password"?

This year Sony, Nintendo and even the CIA’s security was breached. But some things refuse to change.


Splashdata reports the 25 worst passwords of 2011. Top of the list is “password”. How many of us have been guilty of that one?


Five worst passwords of 2011...
  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123


Some tips on how to improve your password:
  • Use at least eight characters - numbers, letters and special characters.
  • Use unique passwords/usernames for different websites. Try using an online password manager to keep track.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 8

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin's final day at Firebrand Training centre - he passes the exam. He is a CompTIA A+/Network+ certified professional.


Friday, 25 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 7

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin's final day before the exam, after which he can return to "normal life"


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Saturday (Day 7)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 6

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin slogs through another 12 hour day, as he gets used to having classes after dinner.


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Friday (Day 6)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 5

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin passes the A+ exam, and immediately starts preparing for N+.


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Thursday (Day 5)

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 4

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Day 4: More studying, preparing for the exam the next day...


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Wednesday (Day 4)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 3

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin gets used to the life at Firebrand's training environment on day 3...


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Tuesday (Day 3)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 2


Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin attends his first lecture with Firebrand. He experiences what 12 hour days are all about and what we mean when we say our training is 'intense'...


Read more: Martin Spears: Firebrand Training - Monday (Day 2)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Guest Blog: Firebrand Training Day 1

Martin Spears is an alumnus of our CompTIA A+/Network+ course. He took to sharing his experience with the world on his blog. Each day, for 8 days, we’ll add one post from him where he describes how his day with Firebrand went, what challenges he went through and how in the end, he achieved the certification.


Martin reached our training centre in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire on Sunday evening. He talks about how he mentally prepares himself for a 7 day marathon study session...


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Now Hacking Can Kill...

Hundreds of the world’s hackers descended on Miami for Hacker Halted 2011. The reason? To learn about the latest hacks that will hit your IT systems in the coming months.


Firebrand was on a fact-finding mission, to add the latest techniques to the world’s most popular Ethical Hacking course. Below lists the some of the most shocking stats from the conference.


2,000,000 – the number of new malicious websites detected every month
100,000 – the number of new malware screened every day 400% - the rise in Android mobile malware compared to 2010 £50m – the estimated global cost of the Zeus trojan virus
110 – average days to fix a security vulnerability on a website 44% - percentage of the world’s websites that have a serious security exposure every day of the year 70% - percentage of IT professionals and chief executives that say mobile computing is now the biggest threat to IT security


Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training says: “The stats from Hacker Halted are a reminder that we’re all more vulnerable than ever. There are thousands of new threats every day, and there currently aren’t enough ‘cyber defenders’ to deal with them.”


“The scary thing is that it’s not always about money. One hacker demonstrated how a wireless insulin pump could effectively be used to deliver fatal injections. It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. But it’s here now, and it’s very real.”


Monday, 14 November 2011

Security Spend to Increase by 40%

Gartner has predicted that corporate spending across the world on security services will increase by about 40%. It has said that it'll reach up to $49 billion in three years, with the managed security services expected to jump most of all. The current spend is $35 billion.


Managed security services called "IT management" will grow from about $8 billion today to $14.8 billion in 2015. Other areas, such as security consulting, are also expected to increase, with consulting rising from $9.6 billion today to $12.1 billion in 2015.


IT Security is hot on its heels. Get your Security certifications now. Firebrand's award winning EC-Council and (ISC)2 courses will kick start your career in security.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Is Your Smartphone Ready?

One of the most vulnerable segments to emerge out of the rapid technology growth is the emergence of smartphones and the 'risk' they bring along with themselves.


More and more people now prefer to browse internet on their phones. From Facebook to their emails to internet banking, people are doing it all on their smartphones.


But are the smartphones really prepraed?


A national computer security campaign is urging smartphone users to protect themselves from unintentionally downloading malware applications. Get Safe Online has revealed that their has been an increase in the smartphone malware as the market has grown.


The frauds are very sophisticated. Apps which can generate cash secretly, without the user realising it, until they see their monthly bill, have been created and are a threat to the smartphone users.


Symantec has warned Android users that their phones were at risk and that they had found at least six varieties of malicious software.


Firebrand has taught complete amateurs how to hack, in as less as 15 minutes.

Our 5 day Certified Ethical Hacking course teaches you to become a "cyber ninja" in just 5 days. 



Minister for Cyber Security Francis Maude said: "More and more people are using their smartphone to transmit personal and financial information over the internet, whether it's for online banking, shopping or social networking.


"Research from Get Safe Online shows that 17% of smartphone users now use their phone for money matters and this doesn't escape the notice of criminals."




Wednesday, 9 November 2011

UK tops the way for hiring Cloud Professionals

A European Online Employment Report by Elance has revealed that UK is leading the way when it comes to hiring and managing in the cloud.


UK has witnessed a 55% increase in the hiring of web freelancers, since Q3 2010, according to the report. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Women in Technology - Mobile Computing Biggest Threat to IT Security http://www.womenintechnology.co.uk/news/mobile-computing-biggest-threat-to-it-security-news-800789021

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sony, Nintendo and now Adidas. Is Your Company Next?

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the second cyber-attack on Sony and how they learned from their lesson. The German Sportswear company Adidas had to take their website content offline after suffering from what they describe as a "sophisticated, criminal cyber-attack". Millions of user’s details were compromised and as soon as Adidas discovered the incident they had put extra security measures in place to protect their visitors.

In a statement Adidas has: 


"Nothing is more important to us than the privacy and security of our consumers' personal data," 


"We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time".


The news follows a series of attacks against Sony earlier in the year and 29 chemicals firms were last week reported to be targeted for a series of cyber-attacks. Once again this illustrates how sophisticated and dangerous these attacks have become.


Companies have started taking their security very seriously now, and with the big names' security being breached, it is inevitable they'll be more stringent in the future. The demand for certified ethical hackers will rise, as they'll look to combat the looming threat of hackers.


Our Certified Ethical Hacking course trains professionals as "cyber defenders" in 5 days.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Internet Explorer Not Hot Enough Anymore

Since its inception in the mid 90’s Microsoft Internet Explorer has claimed more than 50% of the web’s traffic. Now though after more than a decade Internet Explorer is no longer the preferred browser choice for people.

Microsoft’s browser’s share currently stands at 49.6 %, which is mostly due to its almost non-existence presence of mobile and tablet markets, which according to Netmarketshare.com makes up for 6 % of web traffic. Safari currently has 62.17% of mobile traffic, contributing to Internet Explorer’s diminishing share. 

Firefox is the second most favored web browser with 21.20% of traffic, trailed by Google Chrome, which has 16.60 % and Safari, which accounts for 8.72 %. As time goes by Internet Explorer’s competitors are continuously increasing their shares. The question now is, can Microsoft regain the lost shares or are they slowly but surely phasing out of our lives?

Fact is though Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still claims more web traffic than Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari combined. So the next question is, will any of the three ever claim the same position that the Internet Explorer has had for over a decade?     

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

600,000 Facebook Accounts 'Compromised' Every Day

Facebook is the largest social network in the world. It is the third biggest "country", after China and India. As it stands, it has 800 million active users. Facebook has time and again come under heat for security and privacy concerns.

MSNBC.com has reported that 600,000 Facebook contacts are compromised everyday. Facebook tries to defend itself, by saying "only 0.06 percent of 1 billion logins per day are compromised". No matter how you look at it, 600,000 isn't a small number. These "compromised accounts" then set the foundation for misbehavious, cyber bullying, scams and other cyber criminals.

One should protect their accounts better to ensure that we're not one of the "600,000" accounts to get compromised.

Note: Facebook wants it known that these accounts weren’t hacked or compromised on Facebook itself, they are compromised off site, such as through phishing scams, for example.