Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) April 2, 2009
The InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) and the Center for Information Security Awareness are pleased to announce the launch of a FREE online information security awareness training program that focuses on the workplace as the foundation for better security education and training.
A growing number of studies have identified employees and other insiders as the cause of the majority of data and security breaches and better security awareness and training is central to reducing these incidents.
The web-based course, created by The Center for Information Security Awareness, is professionally narrated throughout and consists of 14 separate lessons covering key information security issues that can impact the workplace. These include cyber threats to the workplace and the nation, understanding how employee behavior is exploited, the importance of regulatory compliance, better workplace security, effective password practices, understanding social engineering, improved email practices, safer web surfing practices, protection of sensitive data, as well as laptop, PDA and mobile security.
Participants can also elect to obtain their personalized InfraGard Certificate in Information Security Awareness in the Workplace. The examination consists of 100 randomly-generated questions based upon the material covered in the course and an individual may take the exam as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score.
The free course and additional information may be found at http://www.InfraGardAwareness.com.
"This interactive and engaging training targets issues central to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and dovetails seamlessly with InfraGard National Members Alliance's priorities. We're pleased to make this important training available to anyone for free and also encourage people to earn this certification. Each opportunity to gain additional professional development contributes to enhancing the capabilities and contributions of our extensive membership to homeland and national security," said Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, Chairman of the Board of the InfraGard National Members Alliance.
"We at the Center for Information Security Awareness are excited to partner with InfraGard in this important initiative. In today's economic climate, security and training budgets are shrinking while fraud schemes and data security breaches are increasing. Our goal in offering this free awareness training is to make meaningful progress in improving awareness of computer and information security best practices and, as a result, reduce the frequency of data and security breaches," said Jon McDowall, director of education and co-founder of the Center for Information Security Awareness.
Join Us on Monday, April 20th for the Official Launch of the FREE InfraGard Information Security Awareness Course at the plenary Think Security First Summit!
When: April 20th 2009, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Where: Think Security First! Summit, Marriott Hotel, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Contact: Visit http://www.thinksecurityfirst.us for more information or to register at no charge.
About the InfraGard National Members Alliance
InfraGard is a collaborative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and private sector experts in the areas of cyber and physical security. Originally initiated in the FBI's Cleveland Office, InfraGard was designed to harness private sector expertise for investigative efforts in the cyber and physical security arenas.
InfraGard quickly expanded to FBI Headquarters in Washington DC with local program responsibility held within each of the FBI's 56 field offices. In 2003, the private sector members of InfraGard formed the "InfraGard National Members Alliance" (INMA), which currently has over 23,000 members.
More information about the InfraGard National Members Alliance may be found at http://www.infragardmembers.org/
About the Center for Information Security Awareness
The Center for Information Security Awareness (http://www.GetSecurityAware.com) was formed in 2007 by a group of leading security experts and academics to explore more effective ways to increase security awareness among a number of audiences including consumers, employees, small business owners and law enforcement.
The Center's Board of Advisors includes Michael Levin, retired U.S. Secret Service and former Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security, Jon McDowall, CFE, CII, CEO of Fraud Resource Group, Neal O'Farrell, renowned authority on end-user security awareness and education, Andy Purdy, former Cyber Security Czar and Acting Director of the National Cyber Security Division/US-CERT of the Department of Homeland Security and Dyann Bradbury, CISSP, CSOX-FT, member, Board of Directors, INMA, and Associate Director of Compliance for DR globalDirect, Inc., a Digital River company.
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