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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Avoid an infosec catastrophe – three certifications that help


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Cyber-crime divisions of law enforcement agencies around the world took a great step towards defeating hackers responsible for malware such as Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker, a ransomware that encrypts its victim’s information and demands money in exchange for the decryption key.

The authorities had recently seized control of two computer networks, specifically used for distributing malware to steal sensitive personal information, including banking credentials and passwords.

However, this is only a short-term victory and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) warned people to take action now, in order to protect themselves against possible future attacks. 

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Help your organisation stay protected against cyber-criminals; here are three IT security certifications that will help you:

(ISC)2 – CISSP

Due to the increasing complexity of cyber-attacks, the CISSP certification has become one of the most sought after IT security certifications.
As an advanced level certification, the CISSP was designed for experienced infosec professionals. As a CISSP-certified pro, you’ll be an expert in developing and managing security standards, policies, and procedures within your organisation.
To get this certification, you’ll need minimum 5-years of experience in at least two of the following vital topics:
  • Access Control
  • Telecommunications and Network Security
  • Information Security Governance and Risk Management
  • Software Development Security
  • Cryptography
  • Security Architecture and Design
  • Operations Security
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Legal, Regulations, Investigations and Compliance
  • Physical (Environmental) Security

EC-Council – CEH

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification is a relatively new credential in the industry, but its importance and influence have increased significantly since its inception. CEH introduces you to the so-called dark side of IT, i.e. the tools and techniques hackers use to attack systems.

With the CEH under your belt, you’ll know how hackers think to find and exploit vulnerabilities. Therefore you’ll also know how to take a more proactive approach and protect against threats by seeing beyond current security tools and policies.

On this course you’ll learn about a wide range of security topics, including but not limited to:
  • Scanning Networks
  • System Hacking
  • Trojans and Backdoors
  • Viruses and Worms
  • Social Engineering
  • Hacking Webservers
  • Hacking Web Applications
  • SQL Injection

ISACA – CISM

CISM, developed by ISACA, is a top IT security credential focusing on managing, developing and supervising information security systems and developing security best practices.
This certification addresses the needs of security professionals with enterprise level security management responsibilities. As a CISM certified pro, you’ll have advanced skills in:
  • Security Risk Management
  • Program Development and Management
  • Responding to Incidents
  • Governance, and Incident Management
If you haven't yet taken the necessary countermeasures to protect against cyber-criminals, do it now to make sure your money and data stay safe and intact.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

UK launches Computer Emergency Response Team to deal with cyber security incidents


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Keeping the UK safe in cyber space” reads in the official press release about CERT-UK, the UK’s national Computer Emergency Response Team, which will prepare for and deal with national cyber security incidents.

Besides responding to threats, the body will also act as an advisory and provide alerts on cyber hazards to government, corporations and educational institutions.

CERT-UK will provide advice and guidance to help companies prepare and protect themselves, as well as expertise to help respond promptly once an incident has occurred.

It’s an important step

Francis Maude, Cabinet Office Minister responsible for Cyber Security said:
“This government’s most important task is to protect our security and ensure Britain is a safe place to work, live and do business. That’s why I’m delighted to launch the UK’s Cyber Emergency Response Team.”

“We know government cannot do everything by itself. CERT-UK shows we want closer coordination between government, business and academia to share insight and advice, as well as better cooperation with our international partners.”

“The job of protecting our security will never be done – it will always be a work in progress. But, from today, CERT-UK means we are better prepared, better informed, better connected and ultimately more resilient.”

Main responsibilities

CERT-UK has four main responsibilities, all following the UK Cyber Security Strategy:
  • National cyber security incident management
  • Supporting critical national infrastructure companies in handling cyber security incidents
  • Promoting cyber security situational awareness across industry, academia and the public sector
  • Providing the single international point of contact for co-ordination and co-operation with other nations’ CERTs

Meet the director

Although CERT-UK had its official launch yesterday, director Chris Gibson, formerly the director of e-crime at Citigroup, was appointed in November and he has been working as head of the body ever since.

With over 9 years of experience on the leadership team of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), with the last 2 as global chair, Gibson is a globally recognised expert on cyber incident response. 

He was also a member of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) Cyber Advisory Panel and for 10 years one of Citigroup’s representatives to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s Financial Service’s Information Exchange.

Watch the following video of Chris Gibson introducing CERT-UK at the International Cyber Security Forum in January. 



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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.