Malware is a general term for harmful programs and code. There are many forms of malware, including viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, ransomware and spyware. All it takes is for one unsuspecting person to create an opening, and malware can infect an entire network.
A recent study found that malware was the most frequent form of cyberattack facing both large and small businesses. The total costs of remediating such attacks range from $55K for small businesses to almost $1 million for larger companies. These cost estimates include the rebuilding of necessary IT security infrastructure, business downtime and lost opportunities as well as costs associated with repairing the damage done to the company’s reputation.
While solid anti-virus software can help, it won’t catch all attacks as new strains of malware evolve rapidly. The best way to stay safe is to be on guard to the warning signs of a malware attack.
About this Training Program
This short program (~6.5 minutes) consists of 2 short videos, an interactive slide covering the types of malware, and 4 quiz questions. The questions test on and reinforce lessons in the video. The module can stand alone as a short awareness piece or be fused with other topics in a longer security awareness training program.
The first video provides an overview of what malware is and why it is dangerous. The interactive slide details the five major types of malware and how users can identify them. The second video discusses how most malware requires human action to infect a computer, how people can avoid malware and what to do (and not to do) if this ever happens.
The more aware and vigilant the workforce, the fewer individuals who might do something careless and the more individuals who might detect a malware attack early on and reduce the risk of a full assault on company data.
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About TeachPrivacy and Our Training Philosophy
TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Daniel J. Solove, the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.
According to Professor Solove: “Great training isn’t about slickness or tricks. It is about teaching. The goal is to make people understand, care, and remember. Great training is made with genuine passion – to make people love training, it must be made with love. Excellent substance is essential. The material must be explained clearly, understandably, and concretely. The content must be short and to the point – and it must be engaging. Slickness and gimmicks can’t compensate for lackluster substance.”
TeachPrivacy provides privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, HIPAA training, FERPA training, PCI training, as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.
Professor Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He has taught privacy law every year since 2000, has published 10 books and more than 50 articles, including the leading textbook on information privacy law and a short guidebook on the subject. His LinkedIn blog has more than 1 million followers. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.