This week, we are raising awareness among our staff, students and stakeholders about the importance of Cyber Security.

Did you know that in 2019, there were approximately 850,000 cyber-attacks?

And by 2020, it went up drastically to 2.2 million?!

As you can see, now more than ever, cyber security is vastly important, and online attacks are happening more frequently. Cyber-attacks can maliciously disable computers, steal data or use a breached computer as a launch point for other attacks.  We often overlook security and don’t pay enough attention to what it is and how we can prevent it.

So, what exactly is Cyber Security Week? Its purpose is to make everyone aware of the ways they can prevent any activity happening within your devices and show you how you can avoid cyber-attacks. Have you ever had an E-Mail that looks legitimate, but the address is fake? Or has anyone contacted you via social media to receive personal details? Both are very different examples, one more obvious than the other, yet they can both lead to the same kind of attack and confuse people equally.

If you are interested in learning more about Cyber Security, to inform yourself and others on how to navigate computers safely, then there are a number of ways Fife College can help.

For example, if your career has been recently affected by the current pandemic, then you could sign up for our free, online short course called Introduction to Cyber Security. This new, fully-funded, Skills Boost course will allow you to learn more about the basics of Cyber Security – you can find out more here.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to have a career in Cyber Security? We also have a range of courses at different levels which can help you to achieve that goal - you can find those here.

Apply today to ensure you have your place.

If you want to read more on how to stay safe and alert, there are hints and tips on how to prevent an attack from happening to you.