Mobile App Security: A Curriculum for Training Your Staff

Though most organizations have made rapid strides in securing their networks, many are still vulnerable to problems from the misuse of mobile applications.  As more employees are using their own devices for work, the potential for compromising security is increasing. There’s a shortage of developers with mobile app security skills. Organizations need to bring staff up to speed quickly in this vital function.

Broadview Networks Training Centre provides training for mobile app security in an Android environment for employees who are experienced with mobile app development but need additional training on developing secure apps that are hardened against attack. With this curriculum, the training can be covered in a three-day period!

  • Lesson 1: The Rationale for Android App Security
    This introductory lesson teaches learners the need for security; how to identify security requirements and expectations; how to include security in development processes; and how to identify a particular approach to risk management.
  • Lesson 2: Android Security Architecture
    Topics cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Android security architecture; the Android permissions model; and Android vulnerabilities.
  • Lesson 3: Employing Secure Mobile App Development Strategies
    This lesson’s topics include best practices in security, designing for security, and writing secure Java code.
  • Lesson 4: Accessing Local Processes and Devices Securely
    Training participants are taught how to select countermeasures for local threats and how to implement the secure access of local processes and hardware.
  • Lesson 5: Securing Data through Encryption
    This lesson teaches learners how to select countermeasures for threats to Cleartext data and the implementation of encryption.
  • Lesson 6: Accessing Local Storage Securely
    Learners are taught to identify countermeasures for local storage threats and to implement secure access of local storage.
  • Lesson 7: Communicating with Networks and Web Services Securely
    Topics cover identifying countermeasures for networking threats and implementing secure network communication.
  • Lesson 8: Using WebView Component Securely
    This lesson teaches learners how to identify countermeasures for WebView component threats and how to implement WebView security.
  • Lesson 9: Protecting Credentials in Storage and Transit
    Training participants learn to identify countermeasures for threats to credentials and to implement secure user authentication.
  • Lesson 10: Hardening Apps against Attack
    Topics include identifying countermeasures for reverse-engineering threats and hardening an app.

Though training departments must provide employees with increased skills in many different areas so they can remain competitive, it’s essential that training to protect the integrity of their information systems be made one of their highest priorities.

To Learn More and to Register:

Call Deb Perreault, Training Consultant at Broadview Networks

Telephone:  (204) 984-9897    OR     dperreault@broadviewnetworks.ca

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Use 2016 Budget Funds for 2017 Training and with Savings!

Do you have funds in your 2016 budget that need to be used up by December 31st?  Consider applying 2016 funds toward 2017 training.

You can purchase any one of our client value savings programs or Register for any 2017 class dates and request that we invoice you now – in 2016!

We know that it can be hard to find time for training at this time of year.  Rather than trying to cram year-end training into your busy schedule, why not consider our offers below.

We have savings plans for both individuals and companies!

Savings Plans for Individuals

For technical training, an individual can maximize their training dollars by purchasing our 15 Day Saver Voucher for $6,995 plus 5% GST.  Classes are hands-on, in-person Instructor-led.

Need Technical Training on a larger scale, say for a department, division or the entire company?  Setup a Client Value Savings Program to set a standard discount on classes for your entire company for 12 months.

Here’s how it works:

Determine which block of training will cover your needs:

Client Value Program Bronze:  $10,000

Client Value Program Silver:  $25,000

Client Value Program Gold:  $40,000

Client Value Program Platinum:  $50,000

Client Value Program Diamond:  $100,000

Purchase training credit and book the training, as you need it.

Note:

  • Client Value Programs must be pre-paid
  • Discounts vary depending on amount of pre-paid training credits purchased
  • The above Pricing doesn’t include 5% GST
  • Some terms and conditions apply – ie:  no discounts for some BVN Partner course offerings.
  • Plans are good for up to 12 months or funds exhausted.

To Learn more, call Deb Perreault at 204-984-9897!

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What is Crystal Reports and how can it benefit you?

Crystal Reports is the ultimate business intelligence application. Used to design and generate reports, Crystal Reports can work with a range of data sources, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Oracle databases, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access databases, Business Objects Enterprise and Local file system information.

Value of Learning Crystal Reports

Crystal Reports’ design interface allows users to construct reports with the support of visual-based data. It helps transform data into meaningful information and increase an organization’s competitiveness because it helps identify and reduce operational costs and puts focus on specific performance measures. Its dynamic and interactive content helps users make better decisions every day.

Upcoming courses:

Crystal Reports 2013 Designer 2 Workshop (2 days): November 24-25, 2016 This two-day workshop is designed to enhance your basic report writing skills and move you into creating more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover professional design, techniques, sub-reporting and advanced formulas. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Designer 1 Workshop is strongly recommended.

Crystal Reports 2013 Designer 3 Workshop (2 days): January 10-11, 2017 This two-day workshop is designed to expand your working knowledge of Crystal Reports and move you into creating substantially more complex reports. Time will be spent walking you through the tips and tricks of advanced report writing along with a good amount of hands on practice. In addition, you will cover custom functions, advanced formulas and report efficiency techniques. This course incorporates a number of hands on exercises that reinforce the learning process. Prerequisite: Successful completing of the Designer 1 and 2 workshops is strongly recommended.

To register for classes, call Deb Perreault at 204-984-9897 or by email to: dperreault@broadviewnetworks.ca OR: simply click on the course title link above and Register Today!

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Cyber Security Professional Training

Cyber security professionals help prevent losses from cybercrime by preventing, detecting and responding to attacks. With so many security certifications available, it can be hard to know what security is the right fit for your current skills, your future goals and your own personal interests.

At Broadview Networks, we offer classes that help lead to certifications for CompTIA Security+, Microsoft MTA Security. But which one is right for you?

CompTIA Security+
If your job includes securing networks services, devices and traffic at an organization, the CompTIA Security+ might be a good fit for you. In Broadview Networks’ security+ course, you’ll build on your existing knowledge of security fundamentals, networks and organizational security. In addition, you’ll acquire specific skills required to implement security systems and services on any type of computer network.

Microsoft MTA Security
Of you’re an information security specialist hoping to learn and validate fundamental security concepts as well as a focus on security layers, authentication, authorization, and accounting, the Microsoft MTA security course with Broadview might be a good fit. Participants will become familiar with security policies, network security, and how to protect both a server and a client.

We also offer information security training from our vendor Digital Boundary Group

Hardening Windows Networks
October 18-21 2016 (CISSP accredited)

Whether you’re a long-time cyber security professional or newcomer who need a broader base of knowledge to become more specialized, Broadview Networks in partnership with Digital Boundary Group has a course for you!


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How do SA Training Vouchers work?

Broadview Networks can help you make the most of your Microsoft Software Assurance Membership and you can redeem your SA Vouchers with us for Microsoft IT Professional and developer training courses.

Broadview offers you the latest Microsoft Official instructor-led courses – giving you the competitive advantage you need.  Make sure you’re making the most of your Microsoft software, by taking advantage of the SA training offer.

How do SA Training Vouchers work? Businesses qualify for a certain number of free training days, based on the type and number of licenses purchased with Microsoft Software Assurance.

How to Activate, Create & Assign and Schedule Training

Here is a link to watch an informative Video demonstrating how to Activate, Create & Assign, and Schedule Training at:

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/_silverlight/sa/satv/default.html

Instructions:

Activate: You must go to Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Service Center (“VLSC”) web site at: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx

to activate your organization’s SA training voucher benefit. The benefit only has to be activated one time, and the entire number of training days allotted to the organization will be activated for use.

Create & Assign: After activating the benefit, you can create and assign SA training vouchers to employees by entering the employee name, corporate e-mail address, and number of days the voucher is worth. After creation and assignment of a SA training voucher, the employee has 180 days to use the voucher before it expires.

Schedule: Employees can choose Broadview Networks who offers the courses they want to take.  To reserve training, employees must provide Broadview Networks with the SA training voucher details found in their voucher confirmation email.

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IT Pro Tip: One thing you must be aware of when upgrading to Office 2016

The time has come. You’ve read the information, you’ve had the conversations, you’ve crossed the last t and dotted the last i. It’s time to upgrade to Office 2016!

You’re halfway through the installation process when you get the following message:

“We need to remove some older apps. Some older apps don’t work with Office 2016. Before installing the new Office, we need to remove:…”

You may find previous versions (2013 or earlier) of applications like OneDrive for Business or Visio no longer work with Office 2016. But not to worry! Microsoft is working on the problem and, in the meantime, have offered a couple simple workarounds.

Option 1: Call Microsoft…

…or let a Microsoft partner like Broadview Networks take care of you. Office 2016 is all about being streamlined and easy-to-use, a solution can always be found.

Whether it be an upgrade to newer versions of the app, or even another option for a program that may add more value for your business, step one is always to talk to the source: we’re here to help!

Option 2: Use a workaround

Microsoft has created an official workaround that essentially creates a custom installation of Office 2016 for issues with OneDrive for Business. Working with a Microsoft partner will ensure that this fix is deployed quickly and easily.

Want to know more about upgrading to the powerful Office 2016? Call (204) 984-9897, or email solutions@broadviewnetworks.ca.

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IT Tip: What is HaaS, and how can it benefit you?

We do love our acronyms in IT: OS (Operating System), PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor), MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert)…but what about HaaS?

You may be slightly more familiar with SaaS – Software as a Service, sometimes called on-demand software. It’s the software licensing and delivery model in which your business gets software on a subscription basis over a network, and your managed services partner takes care of central hosting.

HaaS is a similar concept. It stands for, as you may have guessed, Hardware as a Service. In this model, your managed services partner owns hardware that’s then installed on your site. For a low monthly fee, you get access to hardware, along with installation, monitoring, and maintenance that suits your needs.

How does it add value?

As a small- to medium-sized business, HaaS can be incredibly beneficial for you and your organization.

Fiscally, it can be very cost-effective. For one monthly fee, built directly into your managed services contract, your hardware concerns are taken care of. Not sure if that state-of-the-art piece is going to work out? No need to spend thousands, with HaaS you can use hardware only so long as it works well for your needs.

In terms of work and expertise, it takes care of warranty and what-do-I-buy woes. Because the hardware is built into a larger managed service offering, your partner can tailor it to your specific needs. When it comes time to switch, there’s no need for you to worry about how to get rid of old hardware and install upgrades; your managed service provider will take care of it for you.

Want to know more about Hardware as a Service or Broadview Networks’ Complete View offerings? Call (204) 984-9897 or email solutions@broadviewnetworks.ca.

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IT Tip: Public or Private Cloud – Which is Best for Your Business?

When considering infrastructure models for cloud services, there are three options: public cloud, private cloud, or a hybrid cloud computing environment. But which service adds the most value to your organization?

Private Cloud

A private cloud hosting environment resides on your company’s intranet or hosted data center. All your data is protected behind a firewall, and all management, maintenance, and updating is the responsibility of your team.

If you already have extensive data centers, this is a fantastic option, as you can use your current infrastructure. Private cloud environment are also more secure, in general, and share fewer resources with other organizations.

Public Cloud

Instead of being hosted on-site, a public cloud environment hosts your data in the provider’s data center. A third party is responsible for management and maintenance, and the solution is easily scalable.

A public cloud reduces time and cost when it comes to testing and deploying products, and all data remains separate from others. However, some feel less secure, as a third party provider is in control of security (though instances of security breach are rare).

Hybrid Cloud

Not sure if all your applications and hardware are compatible with the cloud? Do you have certain systems that need a secure environment, with others that require scalability or affordability? Hybrid cloud environments allow for integration of some cloud offerings, without completely deviating from your current private environment.

The Bottom Line

When moving to a cloud environment, fully or partially, be sure to consider all the pros and cons of private, public, and hybrid. The cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution; rather, it allows for specific creation of ideal environments based on your organizational needs.

Want to talk more about which cloud environment can add the most value to your organization? Call Broadview Networks to talk about Cloudview Solutions at (204) 984-9897, or email solutions@broadviewnetworks.ca.

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IT Pro Tip: A Clear Roadmap for Launching Lean IT

Lean IT provides principles, methods, and tools to help you balance demands for information, functionality, accuracy, and efficiency. The next step is a clear roadmap of the exact steps needed to successfully launch a Lean IT initiative.

The webinar below was offered by the Lean IT institute, and goes over the sequence of steps needed to engage people, change behaviour, and create measurable results.

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Flash Feature Focus: How does workplace skills training provide value?

When it comes to training for employees, many tend to think in terms of specific technology: a new piece of hardware or software imperative to the performance of the job and overall business value. While this type of training is important, boosting other important workplace skills can bolster the bottom line just as much.

Employees are increasingly expected to have strong skills in areas such as numeracy, literacy, interpersonal skills, etc. Investment and support from companies ensures employee skills are where they need to be to do the absolute best job they can.

Workplace Skills and Return on Investment

It’s wonderful to support and encourage employees, but not at the cost of positive ROI. A 2014 study found an average 25 per cent return on investment for training programs. Some companies who participated reported returns of 300 per cent.

From customer satisfaction to productivity gains and quality assurance, training employees on more than technical skills adds value and opportunity. What’s more, in 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found literacy scores significantly below average, and numeracy skills just at average, which can diminish business value if not addressed.

For more information on how workplace skills training can help you in your career or business, call our Training Consultant Deb Perreault at (204) 984-9897, or email solutions@broadviewnetworks.ca.

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