Govt turns to e-learning to deliver vital cyber security training
An e-learning course aimed at helping accountancy and legal professionals get to grips with cyber security has been launched by the government. Developed in partnership with the Law Society, the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Solicitor's Regulatory Authority, the four-module online course aims to raise awareness of the most common threats faced by web users - including data breaches - and impart information on how to deal with them. The training can be accessed from the Law Society's website. It is targeted at accountants and lawyers as they tend to come into contact with more sensitive information, such as client lists, and can also advise their clients on best practices for keeping their information safe online. "The new course we are launching today makes cyber security part of the day job for lawyers and accountants," said Ed Vaizey, minister for the digital economy. Robert Bourns of the Law Society added: "Training to raise awareness and understanding for all involved in practice is an important part of protection." The course's funding has come from the government’s £860 million National Cyber Security Programme, which has a five-year lifespan and the objective of increasing the security of the web in the UK to help businesses that operate online. The coalition is also launching other online training courses for micro, small and medium-sized businesses, including the Responsible for Information initiative, which aims to increase knowledge of data protection and potential information security risks. Mr Bourns called on solicitors to also look into the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership, which was launched by the government in March 2013 and provides a secure virtual collaboration setting in which businesses can share cyber threat information with the government in real time. The scheme was launched following a successful pilot initiative involving more than 160 businesses from a range of industries.