Cybersecurity and the workplace

In my last blog post on August 20th this year, one of the Lynda.com links I included was a course in Cybersecurity at work.  Since then some major New Zealand companies such as the NZ Stock Exchange and the Metservice have been affected by cyber attacks.  I hope the courses included here will give some guidance on how you can protect your company.  Also if you are thinking of getting into the industry, I’ve included some insights from a cybersecurity professional.

Cybersecurity for small and medium sized businesses: Essential training   Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework—an international standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology—Kristin Judge takes you through a five-step process that can help you better secure your business.  The course runs for roughly 1 1/2 hours and is at a beginners level and includes topics such as Protecting valuable data and accounts, recovering from a breach,  and technology checklists for small and medium businesses.

Cybersecurity Foundations .  This 2 hour course uploaded this year is designed to help you  in assessing  and mitigating risks using various cybersecurity frameworks and control standards, such as NIST, COBIT 5, and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Malcolm details pertinent cyber threats and how they operate, including how cyber criminals hide their attacks, how advanced persistent threats (APTs) work, and even how to determine what’s real and what’s merely cyber fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).  (intermediate level)

The cybersecurity threat landscape.   This Marc Menninger 1 hour beginner’s course describes some of the most common cybersecurity threats, including phishing and ransomware, as well as newer attack vectors like cryptojacking, cloud-based threats, and unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He then teaches the best countermeasures for reducing or eliminating the impact of these threats.

Learning supply chain cybersecurity.    In this hour long intermediate level course, Dr. Emma Osborn discusses how supply chains are evolving, and the different ways that businesses within the supply chain interact. She reviews examples of real-world supply chains and uses these to explore how the scope of cybersecurity risk is creeping past traditional organizational boundaries. You can then learn some approaches for managing relationships and improving supply chain security, discovering what works best for each scenario.

And finally, Insights from a cybersecurity professional.  In this interview-style course, Mike Chapple answers questions such as…How does one break into the cybersecurity field? What are the various career tracks? How do organizations prevent a security breach? What are the compliance issues? Who is responsible for security in the cloud? and How does IT security impact other business divisions?

Work skills you will need in the post-pandemic world

I’ve been reading a few articles which discuss the personal attributes the new “worker” will need in the coming years and the following come up again and again. I’ve chosen to highlight a few Lynda.com courses freely available with your Wellington City Libraries’ card.

 Developing adaptability as a Manager 

The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.

Leading with emotional intelligence

Emotions are all around us in the office, and it’s important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Cybersecurity at work

Cybersecurity isn’t solely within your IT department’s purview. If you own a smartphone, work on a computer, or use the internet, then you’re exposed to a variety of security risks on a daily basis. In this course, instructor Caroline Wong details what these threats are and what you can do about them—both to protect yourself and your organization. In a series of engaging scenarios, Caroline shines a spotlight on some of the most common security risks you’ll encounter in your personal and work life, as well as how to mitigate them. Learn how to identify and avoid phishing, malware, and social engineering attacks. Plus, get best practices for protecting your accounts, company intellectual property, and online activity.

Develop your creative thinking and innovation skills

Learn how to generate innovative solutions in work situations. Review how to develop, design, and create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, and products. Discover how to use creative and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

 

 

 

 

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Needing to upgrade your IT skills for the post-covid world?

Our Lynda.com resource has fantastic resources to help you. This post introduces you to a range of videos on cloud computing including Cloud Architecture and Cloud Administration.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps Thinking about a career in cloud computing, but don’t know where to begin? This course outlines the steps to a career path and certifications that you should consider if you are interested in transitioning to cloud computing. The course focuses on the major cloud platforms and looks at a variety of career paths including IT pro, developer, analyst and architect roles. The course is aimed at beginners and is 1hr 20 minutes .

Cloud Architecture: Core Concepts: This is another beginner’s level course running at 1 ½ hours.  The course aims to build your cloud computing skills by familiarizing you with the business and tech-related basics of creating a cloud architecture.   The course moves from the fundamentals  to the technical requirements and then leads you through the process of building your first architecture.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro   This intermediate level course (1 hr 45 mins) is very relevant today as more and more businesses adopt cloud-based technologies.  Moving to cloud-based systems requires a new approach to IT management including a whole new suite of tools and skills.  This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology, and focusses mainly on Microsoft cloud services.  However additional platforms such as Amazon Web Services is also covered.

Build your knowledge of Cloud Administration This valuable learning path (20 hours)  contains a series of videos which will enable you to have a good grasp of cloud principles and services including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform .  It also gives you a chance to practice what you have learned and to certify your achievement.  Te The module consists of 9 courses.

Wanting to upgrade your technology skills or your business knowledge? Use Lynda.com for free with your WCL Card

The workplace today demands continuing skills development. Whether you are looking to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals Lynda.com is one of the best sources for online learning. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Thinking of changing careers, there is a Career Development Guide with some great 2018 videos “Resume Makeover”, “figuring your next move” “taking charge of your career”. The videos let you work at your own pace and are designed to cater for every level of experience.

Have a look, you won’t be disappointed

The State of Social Media Marketing Report

This September 2012 report published by Awareness, a social marketing software company was based on “The Social Economy: Unlocking Value and Productivity through Social Technologies”, the July 2012 by the McKinsey Global Institute. The September report “surveyed 469 marketers from wide varieties of industries, company sizes and levels of social marketing expertise.” The report came up with 7 Key points:

There was a “Misalignment Between Business Objectives, Measurement Methodologies and Social Marketing Investment
50% of respondents were looking for tighter integration of all their marketing methods
Social Marketers Are Starting to Measure What Matters
Marketers Are Yet to Tap into the True Potential of Social
Social Marketing Budgets and Resources Quite Insufficient to Drive Value.
The Top Social Platforms were still Facebook, Twitter and Linked in
22% of respondents were looking to outsource social media measurement”

These key points were elaborated on in much more detail, so this is a really useful report for NZ businesses/organisations to read.

The Global Information Technology Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World

This report, the 11th in the series comes about as a collaboration between the World Economic Forum and Insead.  It is an impressive piece of work (11MB) and is   “aimed at identifying, measuring, and benchmarking the drivers of national capacity to leverage ICT to boost competitiveness and well-being and their impacts”.  Some of the chapters which may be of interest are:

The Convergence of Information and Communication Technologies Gains Momentum

 Mobile Broadband: Redefining Internet Access and Empowering Individuals

 The Wisdom of the Cloud: Hyperconnectivity, Big Data, and Real-Time Analytics  

Trusting the Unknown: The Effects of Technology Use in Education

Thanks to docuticker

Could 3D Printing Change the World: Technologies, Potential, and Implications of Additive Manufacturing

From the Atlantic Council  (a non partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security) comes this October 2011 report about 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) which they see as a “revolutionary emerging technology” that could transform the approaches to design and manufacturing and in doing have huge implications for the existing social, geopolitical, economic systems.  It is a fascinating report which concludes with “AMI is on a track to move beyond a mere emerging techology into a truly transformative technology: The ability to locally print almost any designable object would have strong repercussions across our society.”

The rise of apps culture

This recent report from the Pew Research Centre examines how many people with applications on their phones actually use them.  The report was done in association with Nielsen and found that 35% of adults have cell phones with apps, but only two-thirds of those who have apps actually use them”.  

The survey interviewed 1917 users , and the report brings to light an interesting range of statistics.

Thanks to docuticker