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Security Essentials for Decision-makers and Leaders

  • 24 Courses | 27h 38m 59s
  • 2 Labs | 8h
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Decision-makers and leaders shoulder numerous responsibilities on a daily work life basis. Among them is a crucial one to ensure that their organization and its assets remain secure. In a digital era, information has become the new power source. However, for decision-makers and leaders across the globe, protecting the organization’s information from abuse, misuse, or unauthorized access can be challenging. New security threats emerge every day and decision-makers and leaders need to be armed with the right skills to make well-informed security decisions.  In this Skillsoft Aspire journey, you will begin by becoming aware of common security threats, exposure to them, and their impact on businesses and assets. You will continue your discovery of what you need to do by learning how to identify, evaluate, and plan for security risks. Finally, you will learn how to adopt best practices and guidelines to mitigate security risks.

Track 1: Becoming Security Aware

In this track of the Security Essentials for Decision-makers and Leaders Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on cybersecurity awareness.

  • 5 Courses | 7h 8m 32s

Track 2: Evaluating and Planning for Security Risks

In this track of the Security Essentials for Decision-makers and Leaders Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on security risks. Explore risk identification, risk assessments, and risk management.

  • 5 Courses | 5h 52m 30s
  • 1 Lab | 4h

Track 3: Mitigating Security Risks

In this track of the Security Essentials for Decision-makers and Leaders Skillsoft Aspire journey, the focus will be on mitigating security risks. Explore how to manage and maintain different types of risks such as network, physical, social engineering, and cloud risks.

  • 14 Courses | 14h 37m 57s
  • 1 Lab | 4h

COURSES INCLUDED

Cybersecurity Awareness: Getting Started with Security Foundations
As organizations become more reliant on IT systems to store all kinds of information, facilitate communication among colleagues and customers, and track business-related statistics, information is becoming more precious and its security increasingly crucial and challenging. In this course, you'll explore standard information security concepts and the security-related roles within an organization. You'll examine where various security-related responsibilities fall throughout the organization and the importance of solid strategic planning and decision-making when implementing proper information security. You will also investigate the concept of security governance and the activities involved. Finally, you'll delve into the relationship between an organization's overall business objectives and how information security can promote these.
12 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Cybersecurity Awareness: Information Security Fundamentals
With information security a key concern for organizations, it is important to understand the basic concepts of information security and the security concepts that fall within this topic, such as those within the world of cybersecurity. In this course, you'll recall information security fundamentals before examining the broad domains within it. You'll then delve into cybersecurity and explore the various approaches to it. In addition, you'll examine some practical cybersecurity concepts, such as the CIA triad and the security architecture principle. You'll then investigate the actions that expose us to security risks, the roles we play in maintaining or breaching security, and the various security controls that can be implemented to mitigate security-related risks.
16 videos | 2h has Assessment available Badge
Cybersecurity Awareness: Key Security Terms & Concepts
Everyone who connects to the Internet is vulnerable to security threats. Managers need to know the types of security threats their organizations are vulnerable to and their potential impact. In this course, you'll explore the key terms used in cybersecurity. You'll examine different types of threats, threat actors, and targets. You’ll investigate advanced persistent threats (APTs), insider threats, and uncertainty in relation to cybersecurity, as well as the various types of malware and security threats.
17 videos | 2h has Assessment available Badge
Cybersecurity Awareness: Exposure to Security Risks
There are security issues everywhere. Managers must keep abreast of security risks and threats. In this course, you'll identify standard security risks and their origins. You'll also learn about more diverse types of security issues and the potential threats to an organization's security. You'll be given examples from daily life that expose us to security risks. To wrap up, you'll outline effective methods to reduce common security risks that render organizations vulnerable via different channels.
11 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Final Exam: Becoming Security Aware
Final Exam: Becoming Security Aware will test your knowledge and application of the topics presented throughout the Becoming Security Aware track of the Skillsoft Aspire Security Essentials for Decision Makers and Leaders Journey.
1 video | 8m has Assessment available Badge
Security Risks: Key Risk Terms & Concepts
Familiarity with key terms and concepts associated with security risk enables security leaders to identify, evaluate, and prioritize security risks. In this course, you'll get familiar with the terminologies, activities, and concepts associated with a security risk management process. You'll start by discovering the interdependence between assets, vulnerabilities, threats, and risks. You'll then investigate how to assess risk probability, measure the impact created by it, and the difference between risk appetite and risk tolerance. Next, you'll examine the components, benefits, and stages of a risk management process. You'll also identify different methods of treating risk and the importance of implementing controls as a part of a risk-based approach. Lastly, you'll recognize the standards for risk management and the advantages of managing and assessing security risk.
16 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Security Risks: Performing Security Risk Identification
Effective security risk management often begins with proper security risk identification. In this course, you'll examine various components of the risk identification process and different techniques used to identify risk. You'll begin by distinguishing between threat and risk. You'll then get familiar with other terminologies and concepts associated with risk identification. Moving on, you'll recognize the significance of risk identification in recognizing assets and services that are risk-prone. You'll also investigate different methods used to identify risk and best practices for the risk identification process. Later in the course, you'll outline common security-related risks and their impact on different components of an organization. Finally, you'll examine the features of a security risk register, its role in risk management, and how to create one in Microsoft Excel.
9 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Security Risks: Performing Security Risk Assessments
The categorization of security risks is essential for effectively assessing and managing risk. In this course, you'll explore the assessment, classification, and prioritization of security risks. You'll begin by outlining the concept of risk assessment and the advantages of different risk assessment techniques. You'll also investigate the features of security assessment methods, such as vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, and discover how to assess security vulnerability. Moving on, you'll recognize the significance of risk categorization and how to update a risk register in Microsoft Excel using a four-quadrant risk classification matrix. Finally, you'll identify the purpose and process of risk prioritization, and the role of a probability-impact matrix in determining risk levels. You'll then investigate how to use the matrix to prioritize risks on a security risk register.
13 videos | 1h has Assessment available Badge
Security Risks: Planning for Security Risk Management
Highly effective security leaders recognize that they must prioritize and focus their efforts on managing critical security risks. Therefore, once a security risk is identified, it m