Kaspersky Lab announced new Interactive Online Cybersecurity Training for IT specialists

Kaspersky Lab on November 8 announced the launch of the Cybersecurity for IT Teams Online, its new interactive training course designed to help IT teams develop their basic information security skills. The skills acquired during the course will help enterprise support staff increase the quality of their cyber knowledge and ultimately improve the organization’s defenses.

According to the Kaspersky Lab IT Security Economics Report, 46 percent of businesses admit that they don’t know enough about the IT security threats specifically targeting them, and it is no surprise that they are concerned about becoming cyberattack victims as a result. The lack of basic skills in working with information security tools among IT support specialists is most concerning as they are the first to encounter requests from employees about problems potentially linked to cyber threats, whether it’s a suspicious email or the “blue screen of death.”

To help companies strengthen their first line of IT defense, Kaspersky Lab has introduced its first online training specifically aimed at IT administrators and support staff. Cybersecurity for IT Teams Online is a modular training course with a unique interactive program that allows IT specialists to gain practical skills in recognizing possible attack scenarios, as well as master the mechanics of collecting preliminary data about incidents in order to send them to an information security service.

Cybersecurity for IT Teams Online was created in Sharable Content Object Reference Mode (SCORM) 1.2, integrated into corporate learning management systems (LMS) with internet browser access, and includes four thematic modules:

  • Malicious software
  • Potentially unwanted programs and files (PuPs)
  • Investigation basics
  • Phishing and open source intelligence

Each module includes a small theory block and 4-10 practical exercises. The new course will help IT specialists learn how to use IT security tools such as utilities for the detailed analysis of Process Hacker/Process Explorer in the system, tools for storing the hard disk image and obtaining a memory dump (e.g., FTK Imager), a framework for reconnaissance in open sources (e.g., Recon-ng), and more. The approach recommended by Kaspersky Lab includes the one year training course, with participants spending 45-60 minutes a week on the program.

By strengthening expertise in the field of information security, IT specialists will help their companies improve their first line of defense, reduce the number of cyber incidents, learn to recognize indirect indicators of cyber threats, combat phishing as well as detect and block suspicious activity within the corporate network. 

“With the ever-increasing complexity of cyber threats, the role of IT specialists and IT support teams is being transformed,” said Vyacheslav Borilin, security education program manager at Kaspersky Lab. “Today, more than ever, IT support teams need the strongest skill set when working with information security tools. That’s why we’ve developed a simple, interesting online training course with solutions for real-life practical situations that takes no more than an hour a week. Our goal is not only to provide IT specialists with new knowledge in the field of information security but also to help them become more effective in acting as the first line of defense for their company to combat cyber attacks.”

Cybersecurity for IT Teams Online expands the Kaspersky Security Awareness portfolio of corporate training solutions and is available for order here.