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3 Tips to Boost Your Cybersecurity Awareness

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Cyberattacks have grown rapidly in 2020. A staggering 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing1 and more than 89% of business analysis professionals agree that risk management and compliance knowledge2 are essential skills in today’s business climate. So, how can you successfully apply your business analysis knowledge to cybersecurity and improve your technical know-how?

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Here are 3 tips to improve your cybersecurity awareness.

1. Stay on Top of Current Trends

Cyber attacks and the tactics used to trick users change swiftly and its important to be aware of emerging schemes. Social media can be a powerful tool in staying informed and following reputable security professionals, influencers, and hashtags, such as #BeCyberSmart. You can also stay informed by reading blogs and reports, as well as attending cybersecurity events and webinars to help you keep pace with current trends, such as IIBA’s upcoming webinar on Cybersecurity: How Social Engineers are Pulling our Strings taking place Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

2.  Take a Cybersecurity Training Program

One of the most effective ways to increase your cybersecurity awareness is to take a training or learning program geared towards cybersecurity practices. A structured training program provides the opportunity to learn key cybersecurity concepts and tools to support a safe and secure cyber environment. IIBA and IEEE Computer Society’s Cybersecurity Learning and Certification Program include interactive courses presented by leading experts in cybersecurity analysis and aligns with ISO standards in cybersecurity. A learning program like this can help you raise your awareness, recognize cyber-risks, and allows you to integrate security in everything you work on across your organization.  

3. Develop Cybersecurity Best Practices

There are some great general cybersecurity best practices to be aware of, such as avoid suspicious links, unknown emails, and random pop-ups. Use strong password protection, practice caution with Wi-Fi connections, protect your hardware in public places and always talk to an IT/Security expert or your IT department if you think your security has been compromised.

Cybersecurity is not going away, instead, it’s only becoming a more significant issue impacting the business world. The 2020 IIBA Global Business Analysis Salary Survey advises that 70% of Business Analysis professionals report being involved in digital initiatives3, that’s up 10% from 2019, and it’s likely that global spending on cybersecurity will exceed $10 billion by 20274.

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This October take some time to boost your cybersecurity awareness. Gain valuable insights about growing cybersecurity trends in IIBA’s upcoming cybersecurity webinar, the webinar is free, but seats are limited – register here.




About The Author:
Tiffani Iacolino

Tiffani Iacolino is a Product Marketing Manager at IIBA® and has 15+ years of marketing experience across the legal, technology, telecommunications, publishing, media, and professional services industries. She’s passionate about delivering meaningful products and solutions to the business analysis community, including IIBA’s latest offering the Cybersecurity Analysis Learning and Certification Program. Hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, she enjoys an amazing cup of coffee, running, and yoga -- between chasing her two adorable children! 


  1. Accenture Security. The Cost of Cybercrime. 
  2. 2020 IIBA Global Business Analysis Salary Survey 
  3. 2020 IIBA Global Business Analysis Salary Survey 
  4. CPO Magazine. 11 eye opening cyber security statistics for 2019.