Mission Critical Partners has launched an advanced training program aimed at preparing public safety and justice agencies to be cognizant of cyberattack threats, why and how they work, and how to strengthen their defenses against them, according to a statement from the company.
“Cybersecurity continues to be a persistent challenge for government agencies, including those operating in the public safety, justice, and other mission-critical sectors,” the statement reads. “These entities must be constantly vigilant in their efforts to prevent breaches, a task made incredibly difficult given the ingenuity of cyberattackers, the increasing quantity of attacks targeting the public sector, and the reality that attack vectors evolve by the hour.”
In 2021, ransomware attacks increased more than 300 times over the same period in 2020, according to the company’s president of lifecycle management services, David S. Jones. According to Jones, a massive number of new records landed in dark web data markets, giving cybercriminals added fuel to execute phishing attacks, typically via emails that appear at first glance to be legitimate. He said the goal is to entice the recipient to unwittingly unleash malware by opening the email or clicking on an attachment.
Mission Critical Partners’ training program is designed specifically for public-sector agencies and is available as two separate training courses, according to the company statement.
The first course, “Advanced Cybersecurity for Leadership,” is designed for an organization’s leadership and would educate them regarding the importance of cybersecurity and, on a high level, how to achieve it. The company said the goal of the course is to ensure that those in the leadership program can develop a solid foundational strategy for defending against cyberattacks.
Advanced Cybersecurity for the Front-Line Employee,” would educate front-line staff, including telecommunicators and supervisors, regarding the importance of good cyber-hygiene practices, the latest threats that are emerging, and how to identify and take ownership of their role in improving the cybersecurity posture of their organization.
Mission Critical Partners said that each course consists of two, two-hour classes that will be available virtually or on-site.