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Sources for Basic Computer Security Training

written by: •edited by: Bill Fulks•updated: 1/31/2011

Any person or business that relies heavily on computers, networks or the Internet should gain some basic computer security training. In fact, not recognizing the need could spell disaster.

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    Why Bother?

    Protect Your Computer Journalist/Author Dave Barry once said when computer gurus talk of computer ‘Users’—“The word users (a noun) is the word computer professionals use when they mean idiot.” While this quote may be a little dated, unfortunately it still rings true for some of us who rely on computer technology. Those who think a little knowledge is dangerous, are missing the mark when it comes to basic security training—if you have none—your PC, laptop or network could be comprised easily—and worse—you may not how it happened or how to fix it.

    A basic understanding of keeping your computer and the information contained within all those little memory chips is more important now than ever. With hackers and phishing scams costing in the billions of dollars around the world—you do need a little knowledge—to avoid the danger.

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    How Bright Hub Can Help

    Watch that Hard Drive Here at Bright Hub, we’ve got tons of articles on security basics and user awareness, why network security awareness training is not a waste of time, and where to find security training programs.

    If you need a computer security awareness training policy or how the human element can affect network security, Bright Hub can help with that too.

    Our experts writers have worked long and hard on basic computer security training guides including firewalls, computer security and where to find online computer security training programs.

    Once you’ve browsed through the plethora of articles from our experts, you’ll be better prepared to delve into training courses that meet your needs based on systems used, experience levels, and stop worrying about the potential dangers out in cyberspace—some of our guides are as basic as using common sense when surfing the Internet.

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    Other Sources

    Cybercrime is not far away Beyond what we have to offer on basic computer security training here on Bright Hub, there are some courses and companies that offer great programs to help you get started including:

    • Apex Web Media – For $30 bucks a month, Apex Web Media offers access to over 6,000 hours of security training videos. Free demos are available to try including a free download of their course outlines, defense concepts, threat information and technology, and basic risk concepts.
    • Sans – More intense training offerings come from Sans. Enroll in their Sans Security 301 class reviewed here on Bright Hub. Or explore in depth programs such as their Sans Self Study Program. Most courses offered at Sans require a license purchase depending upon the number of users but can be invaluable when it comes to protecting a network.
    • Worth Goodwin - For those with little or no knowledge on basic computer security whether it’s for a PC or Mac, Worth Goodwin offers up training CDs, that covers all areas including hijacking, hacking, secrets of safe email, computer backup basics, and costly computer mistakes.
    • CBT Planet - Computer users with a broader knowledge can find helpful online training at CBT Planet. A single user license will cost around $300 but what you need to know about routers, firewalls, networks, and IT certification are all offered from this company.

    Whether you seek basic computer security training for personal use or need some expert help for your business, now is the time to do it. Whether you opt for the inexpensive or the more costly, even a one-time breach can cost you a lot! Cybercrime costs and losses are constantly on the rise and as far as security knowledge goes, ignorance is not bliss.

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