cybersecurity training

teaching employees, managers and owners how to mitigate digital threats since 2002

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cybersecurity
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teaching employees, managers and owners how to mitigate digital threats since 2002

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cybersecurity training seminars for smb employees

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The best defense against cybersecurity threats against your organization is a well-educated workforce. Almost all cyber attacks rely on having someone within your company click on a suspicious link or download a mysterious attachment. By finding the people most likely to be targeted by hackers, you can help protect your business from online fraud and identity theft. We find these people within your company, who we affectionately call 'clickers', and educate them about the dangers of opening attachments and links that they don't know the origin of.  

Our cybersecurity courses will teach you how to identify the signs of an attack and what steps to take to prevent it. You’ll learn about the different types of malware that are used in cyber attacks, as well as how to detect them. You’ll also learn about phishing scams, social engineering and other common ways that cybercriminals try to steal information from unsuspecting users. Our training seminars will give you the tools you need to keep your business safe.  

an educated workforce is the strongest defense in cybersecurity

We offer our IT Outsourcing MSP clients free cybersecurity employee training seminars, but we encourage all of our clients to take part in our cybersecurity training at least once. We can come to your company to teach these essential skills for avoiding online threats or can host within our conference hall. While these courses may seem optional, we believe this training to be every bit as important as a secure firewall or a hardened server. When your organization faces cyberattack, your employees will be the first line of defense again the threat.

We've been providing cybersecurity services for almost two decades now, and we've seen an enormous increase in online threats. We believe that having a skilled employee is the number one way to protect against these threats. We offer short demos at your office, at our offices, or online that teach people how to avoid clicking on malware-laced websites, detect phishing attempts, and prevent online scams.

We offer short demos at your offices, our offices, or online that teach business leaders, CEOs, managers, and employees to recognize malicious links, spot phishing scams, and prevent online fraud.

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our cybersecurity awareness seminars teach your employees how to avoid phishing attacks, ransomware and online fraud

We’ve provided cybersecurity training seminars to companies of all sizes. If you don’t have a room large enough to accommodate everyone, we’re happy to host seminars in our executive business conference room, which can hold over 40 people.

Our founder, Brian Desmot, will be your guide through cybersecurity best practices and phishing attack awareness in this video. Check it out for an example of the level of quality and research that goes into our conferences:

43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses

Almost 60% of companies have experienced cyber attacks such as DDoS attacks, phishing, and social engineering attacks. (Source: Cybint) Additionally, small businesses comprise up to 13% of total cybercrime market, but they spend less than $500 on cybersecurity. (Source: Jupiter Research) If you aren't investing in cybersecurity, then there's a chance that you may be losing revenue without realizing it and with no easy ways to measure how much you've been losing. If you don't take immediate action, it might be your eventual doom.

If you want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting your business, then you need to start educating your employees today. According to Gartner, less than one third of companies use any kind of formalized cybersecurity training program. We've developed these cybersecurity awareness training sessions because we know that security awareness training is important for everyone. Your workforce plays an important part in your organization’s ability to defend itself from cybersecurity threats.

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$6 Trillion

Estimated $6 trillion in damages by 2021

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10%

Only 10% of cybercrimes are reported in the US each year.

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14 secs

Ransomware attack every 14 seconds

ten largest data breaches of all time

While your organization might not end up on this high score list any time soon, these large scale attacks against enterprise organizations illustrate how far reaching the damaging effects of a compromise can be.

Click each breach for a short story of what occurred.

10.

LinkedIn

117 Million Users Hacked

June 2012

In a hack that was thought to have breached 'only' 6.5 million accounts, LinkedIn discovered four years after the initial breach that the intrusion had been much more severe than expected.

The lesson: Poor encryption and weak security policies were responsible here; issues that could easily be solved be an enterprise organization of that size.

9.

Heartland
Payment
Systems

130 Million Users Hacked

January 2009

Back in 2009, Heartland Payment Systems was victim to a malware attack that released the credit and debit card information of 130 million users. After this breach, they made a good faith attempt to shore up their security, but unfortunately they became too confident and issued a 'breach warranty' several years after the initial attack in 2015.

Mere months after releasing the promise of a breach warranty, the organization was hacked once again. Another lesson to be learned here is that hackers love a challenge. Don't make yourself a bigger target than you are.

8.

eBay

145 Million Users Hacked

Feb/Mar 2014

This breach compromised the entirety of the eBay customer database, containing customer email addresses and encrypted passwords. The extent of the hack was due to the nature of it; three corporate level executives had their credentials stolen.

The information held by your C-level executives can often give a hostile actor the keys to the fortress. Your executives must have a higher level of security than the rest of your employees, especially if they frequently access sensitive information.

7.

MyFitnessPal

150 Million Users Hacked

February 2018

This hack came about due to weak encryption and cost 150 million users their usernames and email addresses. Under Armour was quick to notify customers of the breach, but not more than a year later the stolen data was offered for sale on the Dark Web.

Many customers and potential clients might have forgotten about the breach a year afterwards, but hackers can release that data at any time they want once they have it causing bad press and angry users.

6.

Deep Root Analytics

198 Million Users Hacked

June 2017

Deep Root Analytics is a marketing firm that specializes in gathering information to identify audiences for political advertisements. This information is very detailed as you might imagine and included home addresses, birthdays, phone numbers and a number of opinions on hot-button issues like abortion. The data, all 1.1 terabytes on 198 million Americans, was stored on a publicly accessible Amazon server. A class action lawsuit was created as a result, but the depth of a breach like this and its affect on identity theft cannot be understated.

Probably the most disturbing aspect of breaches like these is that you might not have any idea your data was included unless you checked. A stark reminder that the information you might carelessly offer a survey taker could end up in the wrong hands.

5.

MySpace

360 Million Users Hacked

May 2016

Remember MySpace? Well, hackers did, and it looks like they made their breach way back in 2013 but waited to sell the data until later.

If you use an online social media site, you're at risk. Though it isn't likely that statement is going to get you to change your web habits, it's still true - make sure you change your passwords occasionally or someone else might do it for you.

4.

Twitter

400 Million Users Hacked

2018, 2022

Which hack am I referring to? I don't know, which one do you want?

Social media is a target. Twitter, being one of the largest social networks in existence, is a large target. The lesson here is that sometimes, attacks are unavoidable. If you're a large enough, you can expect that you have the attention of hostile actors. That just means you have to try that much harder to repel them.

3.

FriendFinder Network

412 Million Users Hacked

November 2016

A company that claims to be the 'World's largest sex and swinger community' experienced a massive breach compromising the user databases of several sites that they owned. These passwords were either stored in the weak SHA1 algo or were unencrypted as they were easy to access and distribute.

You'd think that a company like this would at least know well enough to 'use protection' with a better encryption algorithm, but there you have it.

2.

Marriott Hotels

500 Million Users Hacked

November 2018

A massive attack and one coordinated by another government agency - this is the kind of hack that qualifies less as a breach and more as cyber warfare. Part of a campaign to obtain the data of Americans, this breach included names addresses and passport numbers.

As hacking becomes a more effective tool, we can expect hostile governments to consider using it. This kind of asymmetrical warfare can be costly for the citizens caught in the crossfire.

1.

Yahoo

3 Billion Users Hacked

August 2013

YAAAAAHHHHOOOOOOO~~~~! was probably what the hackers said when they realized they had obtained the information of half the planet in the biggest hack of all time.

At some point, you cease being angry and start to become a little impressed. Just kidding, you can be both. Don't let a bigger hack happen to you - call iTecs now!