SOURCE: Logical Operations

Logical Operations

January 28, 2016 09:13 ET

Near Inevitability of Cyber Breaches Calls for Greater Focus on Response and Recovery Through Security Training

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - January 28, 2016) - The likelihood of being hit by a data security breach makes businesses' ability to respond to an attack as important as their ability to defend against it, say APMG International and Logical Operations. Enterprises must equip themselves with the correct skills to react to, and prevent, cyber-attacks if they are to limit their damaging effects.

Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG, said: "The unfortunate reality of the situation we find ourselves in is that the majority of organizations will be breached at some time in their lifetimes. The latest BIS Information Security Breaches Survey suggests that nine out of ten large organizations in the UK experienced a security breach last year, and those businesses, had their systems breached an average of 14 times. It's clear that it is no longer a case of if a business will get breached, but when. After all, businesses need to be successful 100 per cent of the time, but a cybercriminal only needs to be successful once.

"The overall impact of a malicious breach on a business will be determined by how quickly the targeted organization can respond, assess the situation and take back control of its systems. Unless you're monitoring your network constantly, and are in a position to act within minutes, you'll have lost essential information to a competitor or face a serious PR crisis. It's therefore critical that IT teams possess the knowledge and skills to respond quickly and appropriately to breaches as and when they happen," Pharro continued.

To educate businesses about how to respond in the face of attack, cyber security instructor-led training provider Logical Operations has developed CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response (CFR). The courseware, which has recently achieved GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) certification, uses a hands-on environment to enable students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the impact of breaches when they occur. The GCHQ, or Government Communications Headquarters, is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and is similar to the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States.

Delivered in an instructor-led setting over a five-day period, CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response is designed for information assurance professionals who perform job functions related to the development, operation, management, and enforcement of security capabilities for systems and networks. The course prepares security professionals to become the first line of response against cyber-attacks by teaching students to analyze threats, design secure computing and network environments, proactively defend networks, and respond to and investigate cybersecurity incidents.

Bill Rosenthal, CEO at Logical Operations, commented: "The stakes are incredibly high when it comes to data security and cyber security training is critical to helping businesses make sense of the incredibly fast-paced threat landscape. It is difficult to know, however, which training providers and schemes are fit-for-purpose, and which ones could be improved upon. That is precisely why GCT was established, and in choosing a GCT-certified course and training provider, businesses can be sure that the knowledge they are being provided with is relevant and of a professional standard. Achieving GCT-certification for our CFR courseware will make it easier for other training providers to become GCT-certified themselves, which will, in turn, make high quality training more accessible for end users."

For more information about GCHQ Certified Training (GCT), visit: https://apmg-cyber.com/products/gct-gchq-certified-training.

About Logical Operations
Logical Operations helps organizations and individuals maximize training with an adaptable expert-facilitated learning experience. Its more than 5,100 titles are available globally through flexible delivery platforms that are designed for any learning environment. Logical Operations also offers a growing portfolio of high-stakes certifications such as Logical Operations Certified CyberSec First Responder and assessments including Logical Operations Certified CyberSAFE. Logical Operations' CEO, Bill Rosenthal, is a board member of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and works alongside representatives from organizations such as AT&T, Bank of America, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Verizon, Visa, and more, to make sure that everyone has the education and resources needed to stay safe and secure online. For more information, connect with Logical Operations at http://logicaloperations.com and on Twitter @logicalops.

About APMG International
APMG International is a global examination institute specializing in professional certifications. Our portfolio includes the prestigious CESG Certified Professional (CCP) and GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) schemes, CDCAT® - the unique Cyber Defense Capability Assessment Tool and a host of industry recognized certifications; ISO/IEC 20000, ISO/IEC 27001, COBIT®5, IAITAM®, OBASHI®, RESILIA™ and many more.

http://apmg-cyber.com/

About GCHQ
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including from terrorism, serious and organized crime and cyber-attack. It also works to protect UK forces wherever they are deployed and, through its Information Security arm CESG, provides policy and assistance on the security of Government communications and electronic data.

Further information about GCHQ can be found at www.gchq.gov.uk.

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