Web course raises e-crime awareness

IT staff and end-users are being taught how to recognise and respond to computer crime through an online training course.

IT staff and end-users are being taught how to recognise and respond to computer crime through an online training course.

The course, which has attracted interest from companies keen to reduce their exposure to computer crime, aims to raise awareness of staff to the risks.

Poor security habits by employees, including using easily guessable passwords, or disclosing confidential information to potential hackers, present one of the greatest threats to security.

The course, run by security consultancy Commissum and e-learning provider Absolutely Training, allows staff to learn in 20 minute chunks by logging on at their convenience.

The modules give an overview of information security, raise awareness of potential threats and provide guidance on best practice. Students take multiple-choice examinations at the end of each module and receive a performance report.

Commissum chief executive Martin Finch said the course is designed for businesses that are facing pressure from insurers and regulators to improve their defences. "With police struggling to get on top of spiralling cybercrime, there is a realisation that more responsibility must be taken by the enterprise," he said.

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