Google INCIBE launch free online cybersecurity training course to help companies train their workers: This story has been repeated several times during this 2020. Alfredo, a clerk at a major law firm, suddenly went to work remotely, due to the health emergency. The company did not provide him with any device to work, so he tried to set up his personal computer for it. One day, outside office hours, he clicked on a notice he saw on a website. Apparently, it was a warning from your internet provider, warning you of a problem on your Network. Alfredo punctured.

The next morning, the firm's systems managers called Alfredo: they had detected spikes in traffic from his computer leaving at dawn. The cybercriminals had stolen sensitive information from the firm.

It is not known which company stars in this story, but it is one of many that appears on the blog of the National Institute of cybersecurity as "real cases".

October is European Cybersecurity month, an event organized by the European Commission and the European Union Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA). Several companies are launching their own campaigns to raise awareness of computer security, a crucial aspect of this year's covid-19 pandemic.

There have been several news reports that reveal how cybercriminals have intensified their attacks and incidents have multiplied in Spanish companies and around the world. Exfiltration after a ransomware, phishing scams, robberies of bank accounts with Trojans on mobile are phenomena that have increased in recent months, and even took the life of a woman who was waiting for an operation after the health center where she was treated suffered an attack.

Experts insist heavily on the idea that the target company's employee is the weakest —or most important-link in the cybersecurity chain. Studies like this one from Stanford reveal how workers, who are under stress and are too hesitant to move to work remotely in such a sudden fashion, have increased the surfaces on which cybercriminals can attack.

Google INCIBE launch free online cybersecurity training course

Other studies, such as this one by Kaspersky, also reflect how excessive confidence of workers in their cybersecurity capabilities can also pose a risk to their companies.

Even famous Spanish hackers, such as Telefónica's head of digital client, Chema Alonso, have dedicated recent papers to explain the latest trends in computer attacks: network criminals do not need to steal passwords to put a company's assets at risk. The National cryptological Center, on which the government'S computer Incident Response Team (CERT) depends, revealed in its recent Annual Report How employee homes have been the main target for cybercriminals in 2020.

With these wicker, Google has just announced the launch of a new training course for its Protect Your Business program.

The course, cybersecurity in telework, can be carried out completely free of charge and is accessible to companies and workers. It has short audiovisual resources to support the whole subject and include "simple explanations and clear information adapted to all levels" in 4 modules, as published by Google's public policy manager in Spain, María Alvarez, in the corporate blog of the technology giant for our country.

The course is launched by Google in collaboration with the National Institute of cybersecurity (INCIBE) and people who complete it will obtain a certificate endorsed by both agencies.

Google continues to intensify its efforts to improve the cybersecurity situation in Spain. The initiatives of the multinational in this field has three legs in the country: the program protects your business, in which this new course is framed, is designed to develop free training.

The other two legs of Google in this area is the acceleration of Spanish SMEs through its Google for Startups Accelerator program; as well as specialized training of high level in cybersecurity to reduce the gender gap in the industry, thanks to scholarships for women at the University of Malaga.

The INCIBE, for its part, has been publishing real first-person cases throughout the year through its blog, in which professionals anonymously share the experience they suffered as the target of a cyber attack on their company or on their personal device.

Google INCIBE launch free online cybersecurity training course


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