NATO Offers Cyber Defense Awareness Online Course

Monday, July 23, 2012

Infosec Island Admin


The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence has developed an online Cyber Defense Awareness course that aims to enhance the general user’s awareness of cyber security risks and measures to mitigate those risks.

This course is limited to NATO affiliated personnel only.

The course may be accessed through the NATO e-Learning Joint Advanced Distributed Learning portal, and is available to all users of the portal. Once registered, users may access the course by navigating to the “Centres of Excellence” > “COE Cyber Defence” > “Cyber Defence Awareness” course listing.

This course gives an introduction to general cyber security in order to aid familiarization with attacks, terminology and defensive techniques. It gives an overview of the recent threat landscape and introduces the following problem areas:

  • general cyber security terminology and categorization
  • malware, viruses and spyware
  • anti-virus software
  • unauthorized system access and characteristics of a strong password
  • identity theft and compromise of classified data
  • risks regarding removable media
  • phishing
  • risks associated with emails (dangerous attachments, hoaxes, etc.)
  • backing up systems and files
  • file sharing and copyright issues
  • the dangers of unsecured wireless networks
  • desktop security
  • social engineering and other human aspects
  • disposal of information
  • the risks of social networking

NATO CCD COE is an International Military Organization (IMO), fully accredited by NATO’s North Atlantic Council on the 28th of October, 2008.  The Centre is located in Tallinn, Estonia on the premises of Estonian Signals Battalion.


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