It’s everyone’s job!  Whether you are a CEO of a large company, an educator at our local school, bank president, dietician, student, parent or marketing manager, its everyone’s job to ensure online safety at work and  home. And as the lines between our work and home become increasingly blurred it is even more important to make sure that smart cybersecurity is happening between the two.

The headlines are filled with information and news about cybersecurity.  But what exactly is cybersecurity?   Cybersecurity is a very broad category that encompasses numerous hardware and software tools that can be applied on any level—personal or corporate devices or networks.  Tools commonly include antivirus software, software patches, firewalls, encryption and passwords.  Crystal Grueneich, DRN ReadiTech technical assistant, recently wrote a blog regarding a new product called Keeper, which is a password management tool offered by DRN ReadiTech.

A recent news article in the Fargo Forum reported that Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said a majority of parents in North Dakota “believe that (computer) coding and understanding of all the apps and devices we are using are as important to students as reading, writing and mathematics ” Baesler went on to say, “It’s truly about preparing students not for just jobs, but also preparing them for life.”

North Dakota Governor Doug Bergum also recently announced the state’s participation in an online cybersecurity competition.  The 2019 Girls Go CyberStart program is a series of online challenges that allow students to act as cyber protection agents to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore related topics as cryptography and digital forensics.  There is also a similar program for college students call CyberStart.

DRN ReadiTech is also doing its part to help keep our cyberworld safe.  Besides offering an anti-virus software, password management tool, routers and firewalls that push software patches through on a timely basis, we are now offering Security IQ.  This multi-layered security awareness training is available to schools, businesses or governmental agencies that want do their part to ensure online safety.  Security IQ allows organizations to enroll employees and/or students in learning paths based on their role, security aptitude and preferred learning style.

Security IQ will deliver training to end users following detected security events and provide continuous training to learners who attempt to download malware, fall victim to phishing, execute hostile browser add-ons and run macros or malware-embedded attachments.

If you would like more information about Security IQ and how DRN ReadiTech can assist your organization protect itself from cyber attacks and threats, please contact DRN ReadiTech at 344-5000.

By working together to create a cyber secure workforce, we will be doing our part to ensure families, communities, businesses and our country’s infrastructure are better protected from cyber threats!

Janell Hauck – Marketing Manager

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