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  • CompTIA Launches New Training Program To Combat Human Error Data Breaches


    CompTIA, the IT industry’s trade association, has launched a new training program designed to combat data breaches caused directly by human error.

    CyberSecure will aim to educate all employees at an organization, from receptionist right up to the CEO, in the basics of cybersecurity, the group said in a statement. According to CompTIA, human error is both the most common and the most preventable source of data breaches.

    The course can be taken online and at the user’s own pace. The course’s modules were developed by CompTIA’s IT Security Community, a group of security leaders from the IT industry.

    It covers six primary areas, the group said:

    1. Protecting yourself and your company from information leaks: understanding the difference users can make to a company’s security and the steps they can take to make it safer.
    2. Basic categories of information security threats: understanding where leaks can come from and the different types of threats.
    3. Cultivating a safe information mind-set: how IT and HR policies can help instill secure behavior
    4. Cultivating a safe environment: the security practices employees should adhere to in the office or working remotely.
    5. Implementing safety strategies online: how practicing awareness, vigilance and scepticism will keep data safe
    6. Protecting data and networks: how users can protect their businesses’ networks.

    The overall aim is to educate users so they become the first line of defense at an organization. This will reduce the number of incidents that IT staff have to deal with.

    “It’s clear that cybersecurity is no longer exclusively the domain of the IT security department,” said Graham Hunter, VP Certifications, Europe and Middle East, CompTIA. “The responsibility lies with all employees to be secure with their devices. This only increases as more employees work remotely and on the move.”

    CompTIA’s own research found that 52% of data breaches are caused by human error, while similar research from IBM found that 95% of breaches have an element of human error attached. Further research from the Ponemon Institute found that “careless employees” were the number one cause of data breaches.

    “Every business that uses IT needs to be aware of the consequences when employees don’t follow cybersecurity best practices,” said Hunter. “Time and time again, we hear of employees causing data breaches, whether that be through leaving a USB device with important data lying around, or clicking on unsolicited links in emails. Such actions are rarely malicious, but more often the result of a lack of training, lack of knowledge or simply general carelessness.”

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  • This is how you should be charging your smartphone, according to science


    Science says you have been charging your smartphone in a wrong way

    One common problem that persists on all smartphones is that the battery gets drained very quickly. They hardly survive for a day.

    While some of us blame ourselves for not charging the smartphone the correct way, there are some others who have a deep-rooted notion that it’s better to charge them when they are almost dead, as charging smartphones in small spurts could cause long-lasting damage to their batteries.

    However, according to Battery specialist firm, known as Battery University, the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones are sensitive to their own versions of ‘stress’. And, extended stress could be damaging your smartphone battery’s long-term lifespan, like for humans.

    If you wish to keep your smartphone battery in excellent condition and stop worrying about battery life, there a few things that you need to change.

    Don’t keep it plugged in when it’s fully charged

    According to Battery University, leaving your smartphone overcharged is bad for the battery in the long run. Once your smartphone is fully charged and is at 100%, it receives ‘trickle charges’ to keep it at 100% while plugged in. It keeps the battery in a high-stress, high-tension state, which reduces the chemistry within.

    Explaining a lot of scientific details as to why does it happen, Battery University also summarizes it nicely: “When fully charged, remove the battery” from its charging device. “This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise.”

    Keep it cool

    Smartphone batteries are so sensitive to heat that Apple itself suggests you to remove iPhone from cases when you charge it. “If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first.” Also, ensure that your smartphone is covered when you are out in the hot sun. It will safeguard your battery’s health.

    Try not to charge it to 100 percent

    Don’t charge the battery all the way to 100%, when you don’t have to.

    According to Battery University, “Li-ion does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery” and wears it away in the long run.

    If you are trying to keep your smartphone charged all day, this may seem counterintuitive. However, you should be fine, if you plug in your smartphone whenever you can during the day.

    Plug in your smartphone whenever you can

    Don’t wait till your smartphone battery runs down out of charge. Charging them occasionally throughout the day can help the battery’s performance instead when they are empty.

    According to Battery University, charging your smartphone when it loses 10 percent of its charge would be the best-case scenario. While this may not be practical for many people, so just plug in your smartphone whenever you can. It is ok to plug and unplug it multiple times a day.

    This not only keeps your smartphone’s battery performing optimally for longer, but also keeps it topped up the entire day. Further, constant top-ups also allows you to use features, like location-based features that use your smartphone’s GPS antenna that would you normally not use, as it can eat up your battery life.


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