UKI Introduces Online Social Media Security Training for IT Professionals in Response to Growing Social Media Security Threats

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UKI’s new online training prepares information security professionals to obtain the IT industry’s most comprehensive Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) Certification Powered by CompTIA.

Social Media Security Professional Certification Powered by CompTIA

The first online Social Media Security Professional Training will be held Nov. 7-8, 2012

The unique aspect of this training is its focus on technical granularity specific to social media platforms such as cross site scripting, socware, geo-tagging and evil twin attacks.

Ultimate Knowledge Institute (UKI), a leading information technology and information security training organization with over 25,000 trained professionals, is launching a series of online Social Media Security training classes. The goal of this online training is to address the increasing demand for information security experts with hands-on experience in protecting organizations from social media security breaches.

The first live, online Social Media Security training class takes place on November 7-8, 2012, and will be led by master instructor Dr. Scott A. Wells. The training class will cover social media theory and principles, technical composition, risks, security and incident response, and social media management and policy frameworks. During this training, students will be prepared for the Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) Certification beta exam powered by CompTIA. Students will also earn continuing education points toward Security+, Network+ and CISSP certifications.

“In designing the Social Media Security online training, we have leveraged our more than 15 years of experience creating and delivering effective training solutions for the DoD and Fortune 500 companies.” said Scott A. Wells, master trainer and UKI co-founder. “The Social Media Security curriculum builds on general network security training and certifications such as CompTIA’s Security+. The unique aspect of this training is its focus on technical granularity specific to social media platforms such as cross site scripting, socware, geo-tagging and evil twin attacks.”

The magnitude of potential social media risks to national security has been recently emphasized by the announcement of the high-profile update to the Department of Defense social media security policy. According to Col. Christopher Ballard, Army Cyber Command G-3, "The vulnerabilities inherent in social media, ubiquitous encryption and malicious software that has the ability to change form and target enroute, retaining access and the freedom to maneuver in cyberspace will be essential for us to defend ourselves and influence the nature of future conflict."

Furthermore, a recent Norton Cybercrime report of 13,000 participants across 24 countries showed that 75 percent believe that cybercriminals are going to focus increasingly on social networks to infiltrate companies. However, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2013 by PwC reveals that only 38 percent of organizations have a security strategy for social networking.

As social media malware, phishing and social engineering attacks continue to escalate, it is imperative that information security professionals have the knowledge of social media technical composition and the psychological security expertise covered in the training to defend organizations’ proprietary information from hackers.

To take advantage of the special introductory Social Media Security online training package, including the beta exam voucher for the SMSP certification powered by CompTIA, please visit: http://www.ultimateknowledge.com/_Course.asp?CourseID=213

For more information, contact UKI at info(at)ultimateknowledge(dot)com or 1-888-677-5696.

About UKI
UKI is an information technology and information security training provider and the creator of the industry’s most comprehensive Social Media Security Training and Certification program. For the past 15 years, UKI has been the preferred training partner for the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, DOD Contracting Partners, and Fortune 500 companies. UKI has trained over 25,000 professionals to obtain the industry's most sought after certifications, including Microsoft MCITP, MCTS Cisco CCNA, CCSP, CCNP CompTIA Security+, Network+ ISC2 CISSP ISACA CISA, CISM EC-Council CEHv7, CHFI ITIL and PMI. UKI trains Department of Defense personnel to fulfill the strict certification requirements of Directive 8570.1 and 8570.1M. UKI provides standardized and customized training solutions to meet clients’ emerging needs and is dedicated to ensuring that students are thoroughly prepared to immediately apply their new skills to the environment they support. For more information visit http://www.ultimateknowledge.com

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