Research by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) revealed that not only is South Africa losing over R1 billion each year to cybercrime, but the scourge has also increased by nearly 30% since 2013.
At a time, when the world faces an impending global information security skills meltdown, South African organisations are increasingly falling prey to continual cyber attacks. In fact, another research, the Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, conducted by PWC, revealed nearly a third (32%) of South African organisations have experienced cybercrime, and that the number is growing rapidly."
In cognisance of this development, there have been many positive steps taken by the South African government, like setting up a national CSIRT, cyber criminal legislation and propagating good cybersecurity practices. The overall negative impact is yet to be subsided. Factors like spreading cyber awareness and providing quality cyber security training appear to be major factors that we, as a collective cyber society, can benefit from.
Partnering EC-Council, the world's largest body in cybersecurity training and certifications in its war against cybercrime in South Africa, is NEWORDER, a leading South African information security provider specialising in hacking and industrial espionage protection.
NEWORDER has been recognised as an information security industry leader by TIME Magazine (December 2017, Person of the Year Edition) and by Voices of Leaders (South Africa, a Pioneer in Technology and Innovation, December 2017 e-Book Edition.
According to a 2017 member survey by 451 Alliance, a worldwide network of IT executives and experienced technology professionals, 67% of respondents say they are facing a skills shortage, and for very large companies with over 10 000 employees, that number jumps to 78%. To address the security skills gap, slightly more than half of the respondents plan to train existing staff, and 44% will hire contractors. However, they rate information security as a difficult area to hire for, with 44% rating difficulty at 8/10 (10 being high difficulty).
By offering a range of information security related training opportunities to IT professionals in South Africa as well as Africa, the academy hopes to not only address the current worldwide skills dilemma, but also boost SA as a lucrative and sought-after skills outsourcing destination. With this partnership, NEWORDER Training Academy has secured the ideal platform from which to impart these skills.
With a population of 55.9 million people as of June 2016, the country is experiencing a boom in Internet access, with online users projected to reach 22.5 million by the end of 2017, according to the Internet Access in South Africa 2017 study by World Wide Worx. Every user of the Internet is connected to some organisation; every user of the Internet is susceptible to cybercrime, thereby endangering their respective organisation at large. To be able to combat this ever-growing threat of cybersecurity, it is inevitable to educate every cyber citizen about the skills to combat cyber threats and keeping themselves cyber safe.
To cater to the varying needs of prospective learners, NEWORDER offers flexible options to propagate cybersecurity skills, namely iLearn and iWeek formats of imparting training. With iLearn, candidates can study the certification of their choice in an online self-paced video format, thereby resorting to no challenges in managing their time or travel. iWeek is EC-Council's live online training format, under the guidance of a certified master trainer, for the users who wish to have a trainer guide them through, without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
More than 18 000 consumers across 18 countries were surveyed on issues of online crime as part of the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report. The study said compared to their global counterparts, South Africans had heightened sensitivity to online information breaches, as 76% believed identity theft was more likely than ever before. With such growing awareness of cybersecurity threats, there is no better time than now to study the skills required to thwart a potential cyber attack looming over your country, organisation or personal life.
EC-Council has been the world's leading information security certification body since the launch of its flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to its portfolio to cover all aspects of information security, including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world's first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world, including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please see http://www.eccouncil.org.
iLearn is EC-Council's self-paced video training option for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), and the rest of EC-Council's programs. The range of programs available on iLearn starts from the entry-level Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) course and advances all the way to the courses delivered through the Centre for Advanced Security Training (CAST). Expert instructors teach all courses with experience in high-level training organisations like the US DOD, Pentagon, FBI, NSA, and many more.