New NI Farm Business Cybersecurity Course Announced
A new Cyber Security Key Skills Course for NI Farming Families has been announced.
The increasing use of the Internet increases the opportunities and efforts of criminals to access and steal your assets, and agricultural businesses are not immune to fraud and cyber attacks.
Cybercriminals search for weak spots in your systems or internet usage to steal your money and information. In 2020, more than 4 in 10 UK small businesses surveyed identified an attempted cybersecurity breach.
The Internet brings enormous benefits in terms of communication, education, business, banking, entertainment, buying and selling and the associated convenience of being able to do so at home or from a portable device.
Smart devices such as cameras and video systems used to control livestock during calving and lambing or for farm security, robotic and GPS systems also use the Internet. But they also come with additional risks.
Some scams or hacking attempts can be easy to spot, but with the increased use of the internet in recent years, cybercriminals are using more sophisticated techniques. So don’t wait for something to happen before you make sure that you are working securely online or find that you need to take steps to make your online transactions safer.
The Working Safe Online course for farming families has been developed with support from the Northern Ireland Cyber Security Center.
The course gives you practical information and advice on:
• The benefits and risks of working online and using online services.
• How to keep your devices safe and secure.
• Protection of your operating systems and application software.
• How to keep you and your information secure when communicating, transacting and accessing information online.
The course is taught by accredited trainers with experience in ICT and online security. It lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and is available online for you to participate in the comfort of your own home.
Taking part in a ‘Working Safe Online’ course will be a few hours well spent. This will help you protect your money and your information.
This project which has been developed under the auspices of CAFRE and is part of the ongoing “Key Skills Program for Farm Families” and partly funded by the EU.