SD launches certified cyber security course, CyberSAFE

December 04, 2017
Written by Satcom Direct
Satcom Direct has launched CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End Users), the latest offering in its suite of cyber security services. The new course, developed by Logical Operations which certified SD to deliver the materials, will educate users about technology-related risks and provide practical solutions to this continuously emerging threat to business and industry. It is the latest addition to SD’s growing portfolio of certified aviation courses.


SD’s new CyberSAFE course is designed for anyone interfacing, supporting or interacting with the aircraft communications including crew, flight department members and passengers. The course is designed to educate end users about what to do, and what not to do, since educated users keep networks safer. CyberSAFE will help users understand security compliance considerations, social engineering, malware, and various other data-security-related concepts.

“Something as innocent as opening an email or clicking on links, or even using an infected USB drive in a network computer, can result in a serious breach. The CyberSAFE course educates users about technology-related risks and their responsibilities as an end-user in protecting organizations from them,” said Mark Mata, director of training at SD.

The course is designed for self-paced learning, but it also can be delivered in person and via online, live instructor-led sessions through SD’s Learning Management System (LMS) at satcomdirect.motivelearning.com. Taking approximately three hours it is followed by an online assessment, which upon successful completion delivers students the Certified CyberSAFE credential.

“It’s surprising how little thought many of us give to cyber security in our day-to-day actions but cyber attacks are on the increase. Human error has been identified as the leading cause of cyber security incidents and end-user education is one of the top ways to prevent network infection,” said Mata.

SD also launched its free international Cyber Seminar Series at AfBAC EXPO 2017, in Johannesburg last week. The short workshops, outline the process of understanding cyber security and provide an overview of SD’s cyber security solutions. In addition, the free seminars provide an excellent introduction to the new SD CyberSAFE course which is one component of the wider SD Cyber Security Solutions Risk Assessment process. The suite of services, launched at NBAA, also includes SD’s free Cyber Smart Kit and the SD Cyber Security Solutions product.

New in 2018, SD will also offer a Cyber Security Risk Management course to flight departments to support their understanding of the implications of, and resolutions to, cyber attacks. Approved by the NBAA as part of its Professional Development Program, the course will make its debut in June during NBAA’s annual training day. The course is part of NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential.

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