Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity for Arizona Corporations

Recent cyberattacks on corporations like Target, Banner Health and most recently public voter data have influenced corporations to take a much more offensive approach to their internal cybersecurity practices.  As companies like Uber are shifting away from a traditional brick and mortar organization to a more cloud based platform, the need to protect consumer information has increased exponentially.  Modern day ways of doing business now have much less to do with cash as they do a smart phone transaction.

To avoid any setbacks or loss of consumer trust, companies have been forced to rethink their approach to protecting consumer data from a “wait and see” to having skilled and educated employees in place who now take preemptive measures to test strategies and best practices before a breach occurs.

A recent study by CompTIA, a leading resource for the IT industry, has shown that companies now consider security one of the primary responsibilities of their IT team.  Larger organizations may have a subset of individuals whose sole responsibility is protecting consumer data while other smaller companies rely on well trained individuals with Network+ or CISSP certifications leading the helm.

Long gone are the days where a simple firewall was sufficient security. Corporations must now assess vulnerability of data not only within but also vet the security capabilities of vendors with whom they work.  An example of this would be third party credit card processors or cloud based CRM platforms like Salesforce who are trusted daily with detailed consumer information.

Regardless of the security measures a company takes, CompTIA has also found that the most common source of breached data is caused by human error—specifically untrained employees.  Internal efforts to educate employees on cybersecurity best practices often fall short, creating a need for classroom based learning in a short amount of time.

Advanced Business Learning, a licensed State of Arizona postsecondary vocational school and a CompTIA Authorized Training Provider, offers a wide variety of courses which properly prepare workforces to meet today’s challenges in security management. Companies who wish to improve the knowledge base of their workforce can enroll employees in entry-level to advanced CompTIA courses which establish best practices in troubleshooting, networking and security across a variety of devices in a 5-day bootcamp. For those IT departments on the offensive, they may consider the investment in having their top IT professionals becoming ISC2 certified and ultimately becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Phoenix Cybersecurity Training School Offers New Learning Experience

Phoenix Cybersecurity Training School Offers New Learning Experience

As stout advocates against “learning decay” (the loss of retention of learned material over time) Advanced Business Learning (ABL) has developed a unique process that not only fights learning decay but helps students retain and relearn over time.

E-Learning (or web-based curriculum) done right involves working with the organization’s subject matter experts to distill the key skill-based learning elements and creating actionable scenarios the participant can immediately apply on their job. Couple this with targeted reinforcements to ensure just in time, just as needed rapid learning transference to the job.

To help stem this learning decay over a period of time and ensure the transfer of learning to actual job performance, a Continuous Learning System (CLS) should be incorporated into any learning solution.   This is an inventory of tools and content designed to enhance learning sustainment by delivering reinforcement training in live, virtual, or blended environments.

This “menu” approach is intended to be “mixed and matched” and configured based on specific requirements, situations, and readiness levels. Examples of CLS elements include:

  • Meetings in a box: Interactive discussions about best practices. Sustainability guides provide specific actions participants will take before, during, and after courses to promote the transfer and sustainability of learning
  • E-toolkits/Mobile Learning: Electronic cache of performance application, reinforcement, and support tools for easy access to updated course materials. Posted content may include, but is not limited to, Best Practice analyses, lessons learned, job aids, media assets, sample communications, templates, social media sharing tools, blogs, technical manuals

One example of Mobile learning or M-learning is to create targeted learning at the fingertips of users. This can be accomplished via Quick Response Code (QR Codes) posted on key equipment that links to a Learning Management System providing immediate access to instruction manuals, videos, job aids, micro-learning elements and scenarios on how to use the equipment to help the individual be effective in working with that specific equipment.

Users with a camera phone/smart tablet/laptop equipped with the correct reader application can scan the image of the QR code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the browser. This act of linking from physical world objects is termed hard linking or object hyperlinking. QR codes can be used to log into websites: a QR Code is shown on the login page on a computer screen, and when a registered user scans it with a verified smartphone, they will automatically be logged in. Authentication is performed by the smartphone which contacts the internal server.

ABL’s unique approach to E-learning methods of training and processing information with continual technology-based reinforcement has proven to be a tactical advantage for employers looking to train their workforce. Employees are out-of-pocket for a short amount of time and return to work with a new base of expertise and the tools to retain the curriculum they just absorbed without a steep drop off from learning decay.

 

Advanced Business Learning Launches New Cyber Security School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Advanced Business Learning Launches New Cyber Security
C
ertification Preparation School in Arizona

Licensed in the State of Arizona as a postsecondary vocational school, ABL, an industry Authorized Training Provider (ATP), is offering five-day cyber security boot-camp certification preparation courses at their classroom facility in Tempe.

Scottsdale, AZ (August 18, 2016) – Scottsdale based Advanced Business Learning (ABL Academy) has been supporting the US Intelligence Community and the US Navy with cyber security boot-camp-style certification preparation and is now bringing these highly efficient, low cost programs to businesses and individuals in Maricopa County and throughout Arizona.

A strong value of ABL Academy is their pre-course assessment tools, as well as their reinforcement and continuous learning environments post-course where students are encouraged to participate in sponsored communities of practice. ABL Instructors dedicate time for tutorials at the end of each class day to provide reinforcement and individualized coaching as needed, which ensures a high exam pass rate. On-line live workshops and labs, discussion groups and instructor-led blogs are all under design and development for additional value and support for every student. Upon certification ABL Academy assists with job search preparation and resume submission to prospective employers.

ABL Academy’s learning environment is student centric.  ABL Academy’s proven ability to bring world-class course content, live in-person education taught by excellent, experienced instructors result in an outstanding learning experience.  Their core belief is that the instructor is far more credible and effective if they have “felt the pain” associated with being experienced in real world application.

“The need for smart, knowledgeable and strategic cybersecurity professionals has never been more obvious”, said Tom Jenkins, CEO of ABL. “Hardware is easy to protect. People in an organization often represent the weakest link in the security chain. As cybersecurity becomes more and more integrated in to the mission of the organization, not just another administrative department, the cyber professionals in a company require ongoing education and knowledge of best practices to work with and educate their internal colleagues and management”, said Tom Jenkins.

Class schedules will start in late September for CISSP; PMP; Security +; Network +; CEH and more.  Visit www.advancedbusinesslearning.com/cybersecurity for further details on classes or contact the ABL Academy at: 480-222-7507 or 480- 339- 4851.

About Advanced Business Learning (ABL)

For over 17 years, Advanced Business Learning has been a leader in workforce effectiveness programs serving the US Government and Fortune 1000 clients across the country and around the globe. Their team of elite consultants, instructors and best-of-breed partners are dedicated to delivering relevant, results-focused programs that are cost effective and have a measurable impact on your company’s short term goals and long term success.

Advanced Business Learning has a mission of bringing the same high quality DoD classroom experience with authorized CompTIA; EC-Council; ISACA; ISC2; and PMI materials plus military grade instructors, many with DoD experience and Secret clearances, to our certification exam prep courses where they ensure both certification exam readiness and application to real world work.

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Arizona Cyber Security School Instructor Sheds Light on Banner Health Data Breach in Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health recently joined a growing list of corporations who have been the victim of cybersecurity data breaches in Arizona.  Banner Health recently made headlines in the Phoenix Business Journal where it was revealed that private information was stolen from consumers using credit cards at various Banner Health food and beverage outlets.  The hackers targeted Banner Health from June 17 to July 7th obtaining cardholder data like names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.

Craig Cocciola, Director of Information Technology and Facility Security Officer for Advanced Business Learning Inc. was interviewed as an expert source on the incident, claiming that companies need to worry about more than just implementing the latest in physical security systems to stay safe.  “The attackers are always going to have an advantage, teaching employees how to stay on top of potential data breaches is key and that doesn’t happen with the annual webinar training program.  It’s got to be part of your culture.”

Advanced Business Learning (ABL) firmly believes that properly trained and certified employees are your best asset in defending unwanted cyberattacks.  Hiring employees with an Ethical Hacker Certification or a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification is the best compliment to any physical firewall.

Referencing a past example where an employee of a large corporation accidentally inserted a found thumb drive into their network causing a breach, Cocciola further explained, “If employers provide insider threat training and have more of a culture of security, this person would have known inserting a thumb drive in his computer is risky behavior.  Instead he should have taken it to a manager.”

Eliminating threats is an unrealistic expectation, Cocciola said, adding, “reducing them drastically is a realistic expectation.”

Employers interested in “leveling up” their current staff’s broad base knowledge of preventing future cyberattacks can take advantage of ABL’s new workforce training programs.  Fully customizable to employers’ respective needs, ABL’s boot camps prepare staff members to take the certification exam in as little as five days.