CarriersEdge adds cybersecurity training to online collection

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CarriersEdge has added cybersecurity to its online training collection.CarriersEdge has added cybersecurity to its online training collection.

Online driver training provider CarriersEdge has a new course designed to help truck drivers and office staff better understand how to protect personal and company information from cyberattacks.

The online training course, “Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Data,” explains the methods hackers use to trick people into giving up classified information; potential consequences of data breaches; and ways to minimize the risks of a cyberattack happening in the first place.

More than 1,200 data breaches occurred in 2018 that exposed more than 445 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Additionally, a recent report conducted by Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, found transportation to be among the top three sectors most threatened by cyberattacks.

“Since the trucking industry is especially vulnerable to cyberattacks, it’s important to do what you can to minimize your risk of being hit,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge co-founder and CEO.

“When an attack does happen, it’s not uncommon that hackers will target the same fleet again. You can’t let your guard down to a data breach attempt, especially with all that is happening with the COVID-19 outbreak. Now that more people are working from home, we’ve seen an uptick in reported data breaches as cybercriminals increasingly target home routers, which are typically not properly secured,” she continued.

According to a recent study sponsored by IBM Security, the chances of experiencing a data breach continues to increase each year. Since 2014, the likelihood of a data breach occurring within two years has risen to 29.6 percent from 22.6 percent.

“The emails or phone calls you may receive can seem very legitimate, so it’s important to know how to identify suspicious activity so you don’t share information with the wrong people,” Jazrawy continued.

“Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Data,” is made up of four half-hour modules that use text, images, interactive exercises and real-life examples to cover what employees need to know about how to identify a potential cyberattack and how to reduce the chances of it occurring. The course includes quizzes and a final test, which carriers can use to maintain records of this training.

As with other courses in the CarriersEdge library of more than 80 titles, “Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Data” can be taken any time and any place drivers have access to a computer or mobile device and an internet connection.

CarriersEdge regularly updates and adds to its list of training modules; recent additions include courses on practical cargo securement and violence, spotted lanternfly and weights and dimensions.