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Palo Alto Networks launches free ‘CyberFit Nation’ education program

Palo Alto Networks has officially launched its new, free online educational program, CyberFit Nation.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Fri, 14 Oct 2022
Palo Alto Networks launches free ‘CyberFit Nation’ education program
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In the past year, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) stated that the cyber crime reports it has received increased by 13 per cent, which equates to one report of a cyber attack every eight minutes.

Aiming to address the unique cyber security learning needs of key stakeholder groups from board directors to school children, Palo Alto Networks has designed the CyberFit Nation to help make each day online safer and more secure.

Today, no individual or business is ever truly safe from the threat of a cyber attack according to Simon Green, president for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Palo Alto Networks, who is an advocate for “everyone's right to feel safe and be safe online”.

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“Our CyberFit Nation program, alongside the Cybersecurity Academy and cyber security fundamentals courses, builds online safety and security proficiency for all.

Australians have a wide range of cyber security educational needs and it’s important to ensure that everyone — from early childhood to the boardroom — has the knowledge and power to be digitally safe.

We need to restore digital trust and another step in doing that is raising education and awareness,” Green added.

The first of its kind in Australia, CyberFit Nation is the third addition to Palo Alto Networks’ comprehensive education portfolio that aims to make cyber security education accessible to all.

It features a range of masterclasses and clinics to augment and close gaps in education for a range of audiences, from boards of directors, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) to workplace professionals, end users and children.

The CyberFit Nation educational program will be delivered virtually every quarter to ensure reach includes regional areas and will run face-to-face sessions through industry partnerships as required.

The educational sessions include:

Cyber security masterclass: cyber security masterclass is targeted at board members, directors and C-level executives and examines the new requirements under the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018, including the element that requires directors to attest to a company’s risk management practices. The course is designed to lift the proficiency of directors in the field of cybersecurity.

Digital security and safety in 25 minutes: a clinic designed for today’s busy everyday Australians, this course aims to equip professionals, employees and end users with the core fundamentals of cyber risk, security and safety practices. In just 25 minutes, this rapid-fire virtual session will cover key issues, including app permissions, scams and fakes.

Cyber security fundamentals for SMEs and start-ups: online workshops to help owners, operators and managers implement pragmatic cyber security strategies to mitigate risks.

Cyber-safe kids: a 30-minute interactive online session that provides children aged between five and 10 with the practical skills needed to protect themselves and others, and what it means to be a good digital citizen.

The introduction of CyberFit Nation follows the success of Cyber Security Academy and cyber security fundamentals.

While the former offers a vendor-neutral curriculum that aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) frameworks for cyber security work roles, the latter is an introductory-level course suitable for anyone from high school age and above that breaks down the cyber security fundamentals (including cloud and network security) into easily digestible, two-hour modules.

According to Mike Langford, head of VC and start-up ecosystem, JAPAC, Google Cloud, cyber security learning needs have expanded given rapid digitalisation across the economy, which makes CyberFit Nation a fantastic program.

“We are proud to partner with Palo Alto Networks on CyberFit Nation, an important initiative to make cyber security education accessible to all, and look forward to bringing security workshops to Australian start-ups and SMEs through the Google for Startups Cloud program.”

[Related: Private health insurer Medibank investigates possible hack]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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