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Drastic Increase in Social Media Cybersecurity Attacks Highlights the Need for a Comprehensive Social Media Security Training for IT Professionals

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

The recent high-profile security breaches of social media channels such as LinkedIn, where more than 6 million passwords were compromised, introduce never before seen threats to organizational security. In light of these new attacks, UKI, the leader in Information Technology and Information Security training, has launched a series of social media security courses tailored to information security professionals across all industries and sectors.


As the trusted training provider to the Department of Defense, UKI was requested to design and teach Information Security courses with focus on social media security to enable a more wholesome protection of national interests said Dr. Scott A. Wells, UKIs co-founder. The success of these courses and the skyrocketing demand for cybersecurity professionals trained in social media security led us to modify our curriculum, and we are now excited to offer three social media security courses to the general public.


This announcement comes at a time when organizations in both the private and public sectors are increasingly dependent on social media to drive their marketing efforts. Many organizations are aware of the risks involved: in a 2012 RIMS Benchmark Survey, 60 percent of risk managers identified social media as both an asset and a liability to their organization. According to the 2011 Barracuda Labs report Social Networking Security & Privacy, 86 percent of respondents fear that employee use of social media networks can endanger company security.


Despite these concerns, employees continue to be encouraged to actively support their organizations business efforts on social media, often with no security awareness training at all. The Barracuda Labs Social Networking Security & Privacy report also shows that personal social media use is largely allowed by organizations, with 75 and 69 percent of respondents workplaces allowing the use of Twitter and Facebook respectively.


As social media use and the corresponding security threats continue to escalate, organizations must prepare their workforce to anticipate potentially devastating security breaches, minimize the impact of attacks, and collect necessary evidence for prosecution. The UKI Social Media Security training courses will train professionals to become experts in those areas, as well as teach them skills necessary to develop social media end-user security training and policies.


The Social Media Security Training courses will begin in September and will be offered in the following locations:

September 17, 2012 – Arlington, VA

September 20, 2012 – San Diego, CA

September 24, 2012 – Columbia, MD

September 27, 2012 – Atlanta, GA


View the full training schedule at


The UKI Social Media Security courses have been co-designed by military experts and information security Ph.D. researchers, and are thoroughly tested to maximize effectiveness, said Tony Akers, UKIs co-founder. All three of the current training courses end with examination that will enable professionals to apply for Social Media Security certifications which will be officially launched in Fall 2012.


To learn more about the three levels of Social Media Security Training that cover Social Media Security foundations, Social Media Engineering & Forensics and Social Media Management & Governance, please visit


About UKI

UKI is an Information Technology and Information Security training provider and the creator of the industrys most comprehensive Social Media Security Training and Certification program. For the past 15 years, UKI has been the preferred training partner for the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, DOD Contracting Partners, and Fortune 500 companies. UKI has trained almost 25,000 professionals to obtain the industry’s most sought after certifications, including Microsoft MCITP, MCTS; Cisco CCNA, CCSP, CCNP; CompTIA Security+, Network+; ISC2 CISSP; ISACA CISA, CISM; EC-Council CEHv7, CHFI; ITIL and PMI. UKI trains Department of Defense personnel to fulfill the strict certification requirements of Directive 8570.1 and 8570.1M. UKI provides standardized and customized training solutions to meet clients emerging needs and is dedicated to ensuring that students are thoroughly prepared to immediately apply their new skills to the environment they support. For more information visit