The task of cyber threat management is becoming ever more difficult, as the tentacles of the worlds hackers spread ever wider. Effectively managing the threats that they now pose, day to day, is only suitable for someone that already has a deep and wide knowledge of cyber security. To educate employees regarding emerging threats, threat management courses have sprung up with many training providers now offering modules.
To effectively manage cyber threats individuals may already have a background in pen testing, vulnerability audits, network analysis, network management or other allied fields. Combatting the exploits and tricks of the hackers is often a full time job, as those that wish to intrude into systems know only too well!
Courses in threat management often take a generic approach, as they attempt to cover all bases. However, sometimes training is more vendor specific, depending on who is running the course itself.
To keep up to date with new emerging threats the information security staff of today need effective training in how to combat the hackers. Furthermore, such training is pertinent for all IT staff, whether they work as programmers, analysts, testers, or admins. In todays fast moving cyber security landscape, online and offline threats must be tackled with vigour by well-trained staff. Managing cyber threats is also, truth be told, a job for everyone involved in IT and cyber security, not just their managers!
Many of today’s threat management focused courses will suit a vast array of IT and information security professionals. From cloud security courses to pen testing and vulnerability assessments to security audits, an array of valuable education is available. Basically, anyone from IT apprentices, cyber security graduates and trainees up to senior management and director or C level staff can benefit.
Learning a new skill, or indeed brushing up on existing skills, is better done when students attend class-based education settings for their training. Keeping away from the daily grind of the 9 to 5 means no work-related interruption! Accredited training courses offer individuals the chance to gain security industry recognised certification too, should they pass of course!
A great many of the cyber threat management courses available today are certified, which means that those successfully passing them will likely have better employment and career prospects. Certification means that an individual has met or exceeded the standard of learning required to obtain a certificate. Next, we will take a look at many of the options available for improving threat management by attending formal courses focused on it.
1) CEH training
CEH is short for Certified Ethical Hacker. To become one, a student must pass a certified CEH course.
Such a course provides people with the knowledge and experience of using the same types of tools, methods and techniques that real world hacker’s use. Cyber security staff will gain an understanding of the way that hackers work in their network and system penetration attempts. This means that they will be learning how best to manage the hacker’s threats!
Practical settings are used, where the favourite tools and techniques of the hacker can be tried out in simulated environments based on real world experience. Threat management then is made more effective by gaining accreditation as a CEH and then applying that knowledge to real world threats.
2) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
There are unique information security challenges in the cloud. As more and more organisations move their data to cloud servers, more threats have emerged as data can still be intercepted in the cloud, or between its origination and the clouds storage devices. This makes cloud threat management an issue that needs to be addressed by cyber security professionals and IT staff alike.
Downloads and uploads to the cloud can leave certain potential exploits, or threats, that can be taken advantage of by hackers. CCSP provides a globally recognised credential showing that the graduate has a high level of up to date cloud security knowledge. The qualification was created by both ISC and the Cloud Security Alliance. Even to attend this course students need a minimum of 5 years IT experience, three years of which must have been in an information security related role.
3) CompTIA training
In common with all CompTIA certifications, CompTIA Security+ is a globally recognised course, ideal for IT Professionals that wish to specialise in Information Security.
The course provides good overall training in information and data security, covering
systems security, network infrastructures, cryptography, risk assessment and audit elements. CompTIA offer other modules too, from fundamental to deeper levels of knowledge, which may be of use to those managing threat environments in different roles.
4) Penetration Testing improves threat management skills
Todays Penetration Testing courses usually provide for threat management professionals to gain real world experience of intrusion into IT networks and systems. Seeing threat management from the eyes of a hacker gives course attendees real insights into how criminal hackers operate. Knowing what makes them tick means professionals with penetration testing skills will be better able to manage their threats. There’s an old saying, spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Predator – ‘If it bleeds, we can kill it!’ – this is what managing cyber threats in the real world is like – when you scent the hackers traces you can better manage them.