Pay what you want for 117.5 hours of cybersecurity training

Pay What You Want: The Complete Cybersecurity Certification Bundle

With high demand and even higher pay, there’s never been a better time to join the cybersecurity field. If you want to start your journey on this lucrative career path, this Complete Cybersecurity Certification Bundle is a solid starting point.

You won’t become a cyber superhero overnight; you need to get certified first. Fortunately, this bundle features over 117 hours of training to prepare you for some of the top cybersecurity certification exams out there.

Across nine courses, you’ll learn the ins and outs of detecting and preventing cybersecurity threats. It covers everything from computer hacking forensics to protecting information systems on an international scale.

If it sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. It includes everything you need to pass the exams and you can work through it all at your own pace.

The Cybersecurity Bundle at a glance:

The Complete Cybersecurity Certification Bundle has a cumulative retail price of nearly $3,000. Lucky for you, you can get all nine courses for whatever price you want. All you have to do is beat the average, which at the time of writing was under $20. Considering most of the courses are $300 or more individually, that’s a pretty solid deal.

If you only want to pay $1, we feel that. You won’t get the full bundle, but you will still get the CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional 2015 course, which is worth $299 on its own. 

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021. In other words, now is the perfect time to get involved, especially when you’re getting a 99 percent discount on a certification bundle.

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Huawei indicted, China responds. Should consumers worry?

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The U.S. socked Huawei right in the mouth with the power of a heavyweight boxer. The Department of Justice this week filed indictments against the company, alleging it stole trade secrets, violated trade sanctions against Iran, and committed fraud. Everyone knew the hit was coming, but that doesn’t stop it from smarting.

The indictments are part of a years-long campaign by the U.S. to minimize Huawei’s reach in the telecommunications market over what it says are legitimate security concerns. Some believe the Chinese government has a backdoor into Huawei’s telecommunications gear that could be used for spying. The company has long denied any wrongdoing and asserted those claims once again in the wake of the latest action.

“Huawei is disappointed to learn of the charges brought against the company,” said the company today in a statement. The charges are aimed at Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng, who was arrested in Canada last year. The U.S. hopes to extradite Meng and force her (and Huawei) to face trial. Huawei says it reached out to the U.S. after Meng was arrested, but was rebuffed. “The company … is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”

The Chinese foreign ministry also leveled a new complaint against the DoJ. “We strongly urge the United States to stop the unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies including Huawei,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang in a statement. The Ministry further urged the U.S. to “immediately withdraw the arrest warrant” and “stop making such kinds of extradition requests.”

The charges

Huawei has to play the short and long game at the same time, and navigate both skillfully if it wants to extricate itself from this ever-growing threat.

The U.S. case focuses on some fairly specific incidents. It alleges that a Hong Kong-based subsidiary, Skycom, acted as a front for Huawei’s activities in Iran. Skycom’s Iran offices were staffed by locals, but acted at the behest of Huawei to strike deals in violation of international trade sanctions in place against Iran. Bank fraud is lumped in with this charge. Meng was roped in due to her role as chief financial officer, a position that would have allowed to her to oversee such behavior.

The U.S. also says Huawei engineers in the U.S. attempted to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile. This case, settled some time ago, involved a testing robot called Tappy. A jury has already awarded T-Mobile $4.8 million.

Huawei claims its employees acted on their own (lone wolf defense), while the U.S. says it can prove the employees acted on the company’s behalf.

The actual theft of Tappy secrets isn’t that important, noted Tim Culpan, a Bloomberg contributor, via Twitter. It’s more important to learn whether company management was part of the plot and whether its lone wolf defense is legit. This will eventually establish — or strip away — trust in Huawei’s leadership.

Consumer impact

Can Huawei counter this in a meaningful way, and what might the impacts be on consumers?

While the company’s telecommunications gear has been banned in the U.S. for some time, Washington has only recently succeeded in making other countries question Huawei. Vodafone in Europe, for example, said it would pause purchases of Huawei equipment while it reevaluates its relationship with the company. Vodafone is one of the biggest carriers across the continent.

This shows things are beginning to turn south for Huawei’s telco biz.

Should carriers begin to source equipment from Huawei’s competitors, it will affect global 5G build-outs eventually. Carriers are set to begin deploying 5G in earnest over the next six to 18 months. Losing a major supplier could slow things down. This isn’t the worst possible outcome.

Then there’s Huawei’s other business: mobile phones. There’s still time for the company to shield its handsets from the fallout.

“Huawei really needs to separate its devices business from [its] telecom infrastructure,” recommends Avi Greengart, research director, consumer platforms & devices, at GlobalData.

Huawei has in the last year become the world’s second-largest supplier of cell phones. This includes its Honor-branded devices. Huawei sits between number one Samsung and number three Apple. It might consider divesting the business entirely. Maybe rebrand the entire phone business under the Honor umbrella, or come up with a new brand. Put a clear, internal wall to separate the telecommunications business from the phone business. Doing so might ease some minds and allow Huawei’s phone unit to continue innovating.

Innovation is key. With 5G around the corner, phones are about to get exciting again. It would be a shame to see the number two player, which has delivered some of the most compelling phones in the last year, knocked down. 

Huawei’s path forward is a bit murky. It must first prevent Meng’s extradition to the U.S. If it cannot, it needs to mount a successful lone wolf defense for those accused of breaking the law. Should Huawei lose the case entirely, its reputation will suffer severely and its telco business may be in immediate most danger. Consumers needn’t worry overmuch for the time being. 

Think you can spot a phish? Take Google’s fun new quiz to find out

Phishing scams are a real problem, and the number of phishing emails sent each year has been on the rise recently. To help prevent the success of phishing scammers, Google now has a quick, fun quiz anyone can take to test their skills at detecting when an email is…well…fishy.

If you want to jump right to the quiz, click the blue button below. If you want to learn more (and get some tips on how to pass with flying colors), read on before clicking over!

Phishing scams are when a scammer sends you a message — usually an email — that looks legitimate. However, links within the email take you to a false destination, usually a page that requests you to enter sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords, etc. The scammers use this page to harvest your inputted data and then use that data to fraudulently pretend to be you.

With that in mind, this Google phishing quiz is very simple: Google presents you with email messages which are either legitimate or a phishing scam. Using the information in the example emails, you choose whether it’s real or fake. After you choose, the quiz will inform you of the correct answer and then tell you why the message is a phishing scam or not.

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As you can see from the header image of this article, I got seven of the questions right, failing on just one. I consider myself to be pretty good at phishing detection, and I must admit that this Google quiz was pretty tough.

The most efficient way to pass the quiz is to use your mouse to hover over any links in the message (long-press with your finger if you’re on mobile). Look to see if the link is secure (if it features “https” it’s secure) and also check to see if the link goes where you think it’s going to go. Pay close attention to URLs that look legit at first but are easy to spot as a fake if you read the whole thing.

Above all, don’t be discouraged if you get a low score: in fact, that’s what Google wants. The whole point of the quiz is to show people how incredibly good scammers are at creating legitimate-looking emails and present you with tools on how to spot them.

Feeling ready to try your luck? Click the button below to start your quiz! Let us know in the comments how you fare: