University of Phoenix Cybersecurity Programs Teach Tips to Stay Safe Online

Businesses are told to be ready for any kind of disaster, but these prevention efforts often focus on avoiding physical damage such as fire, floor or burglary.

Less attention is placed on another type of damage that can severely hurt a company: an unauthorized breach into a computer network. Individual hackers or organized hacker groups cause chaos for victimized businesses, from stealing customer data or remotely locking every machine until a large sum of money is paid.

Businesses of all sizes are targeted by hackers, not just larger firms. System breaches require time and funds to recover from and restore. They also cause damage not just to infrastructure and customer data lost but also to a company’s public reputation. supplement other cybersecurity programs available through University of Phoenix that provide more insight to students interested in the specialty fields of network forensics or digital forensics.

Employers are eager to hire people with the most current skills and best practices in cyberdefense, whether setting up and testing vulnerabilities of a network or investigating how a breach occurred.

To take advantage of these growing workplace needs, University of Phoenix offers two new cyber certificate programs.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity Digital Forensics, or CYDF, teaches proper protocol and how to perform a digital investigation. Students also receive guidance on working with a company to create an incident response plan. The program includes a variety of tools designed to look deep within a machine or network to find hidden forensic information or breach details.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity Network Forensics, or CYNF, teaches methods that can be used to examine systems by performing a networking penetration test. Students also learn how to analyze the vulnerabilities of all the machines in a network and respond to security incidents.

These programs can supplement other cybersecurity programs available through University of Phoenix that provide more insight to students interested in the specialty fields of network forensics or digital forensics.

Instead of one comprehensive review per year, it might be better to have three or four shorter reviews. University of Phoenix adopted this system itself, and it has shown to be helpful in keeping connections with employees and fostering productive conversations. With remote work, losing the connection that forms from in-person interaction is easy. Frequent reviews allows more one-on-one time. Plus, there are fewer surprises for the employee. Staff will know exactly how they are doing and whether they are improving, without waiting an entire year for feedback. The employee also feels supported every step of the way.

Courses were designed with input from several cyber associations to make sure they include current best practices and information needed in the future. These include CompTIA, EC-Council and Amazon Web Services. Employees from the University of Phoenix often meet with representatives from these groups to talk about possible workforce needs for cybersecurity.

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