Bragging Rights: Social Media Policy Development

This course is designed to help Small Business Owners, Human Resources and Marketing Executives understand some of the legal ramifications in dealing with workplace social media issues. 

I completed The Legal Implications of Social Media in the Workplace Regulatory and Case Law Considerations for Employers’ Social Media Policy Development course on Udemy.com.

It provides a good overview of the laws most commonly relied upon in Social Media policy development.There are several case studies that provide excellent insight into the potential consequences of implementing a poorly written or unenforced policy.

For Information Security policy Analysts who have extensive experience researching and writing security policy, most of this will be review. But an examination of the basics is often useful.

Bragging Rights: 6 Months of Lifting Weights

In February of this year, I hired a personal trainer and got back to working out on a regular basis. I’ve lost weight, gained muscle and flexibility – and still look like a middle aged suburbanite. Ah well, I didn’t pay extra for the movie-star makeover (yes, I’m just kidding). Shallow vanity aside, this is a photo taken of me today. It may not look like much to you but I know how much I’ve improved. I’m pretty darned proud!

So, yeah, I’m bragging! ­čÖé

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Bragging Rights: NITTF Insider Threat Training

The office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF), has provided access to several Insider Threat training resources. I completed the Insider Threat Training Module.

The module just covers the basics, but it’s well made and clearly explains key topics. It’s a good introduction to understanding insider threats and it provides this nifty certificate upon completion:

Bragging Rights: GDPR Training

I’ve successfully completed the Understanding the GDPR MOOC offered by the University of Groningen’s┬áSecurity, Technology and e-Privacy (STeP) Research Group on FutureLearn.

Observations:

  • It’s a four week course but I completed a good amount of on-the-job research prior to taking the course and, therefore, managed to complete the entire thing in about a week.
  • The topics covered are both comprehensive and realistic. It doesn’t get bogged down in the details and does an excellent job of covering the issues companies need to know in order to begin a gap analysis and ensure compliance.
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is still very new and many of the questions professionals, researchers, companies, corporations and governments have are not possible to answer. The reason for the lack of answers is simply this: when the issue is taken to court, the courts will hold a full investigation and trial. The results of that legal process will stand as Independence for suture decisions. There is very little in the way of legal precedence currently established, so the academic and professional focus is on the ‘spirit of the requirements’ and the ‘primary objectives behind the establishment of the law.’
  • The course has a series of quizzes that must be passed at 75% or higher (total cumulative score) in order to receive a certificate. There’s only one opportunity to take each quiz – they cannot be redone. It’s possible to open up the videos, articles and lecture notes while taking the quiz and there is no time limit – so it is (in essence) open book. It is not possible to search everything and auto-find the answers. So, be sure to do your readings, watch all the videos and pay attention to the notes provided during the practice quizes!
  • Successful completion of the full (paid) version results in a certificate that can be used for continuing education credits (this is useful if you hold a professional certification in a related area!).

The MOOC is well worth the time and effort. I highly recommend it to anyone involved in GDPR compliance or information security.

Bragging Rights: Insider Threat Training

I completed the Establishing an Insider Threat Program module in the CDSE Insider Threat Training program.

The certificate to prove it:

Bragging Rights: Insider Threat Training

This is a rather small brag but – why not?

I completed the first module in the CDSE Insider Threat Training program.

This training/module provides this very useful toolkit: https://www.cdse.edu/toolkits/insider/index.php

My fancy new certificate:

Bragging Rights: New Cat Mommy

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Meet Gracie and Billy, the newest additions to my household.

They are three-month-old kittens from the same littler. They came from a shelter, so the breed is either ‘American Shorthair’ or ‘grey and black rescue cats.’

Both are full of energy and spunk┬ábut Gracie is the smaller and fiercer of the two. Billy generally just get’s out of her way when they are playing with the cat toys.

It’s been a wonderful change.

Bragging Rights: Quora Top Writer of 2017

I am officially a Quora.com Top Writer for 2017!

Check out the fancy new ‘Top Writer’ status on my Quora profile! Pretty snazzy, wouldn’t you agree? Apparently they are going to send me a special Top Writer Jacket and everything.

(Preen)

(Chuckle)

I’m just as proud as could be.

Bragging Rights: Ending Slavery MOOC

I have successfully completed the Ending Slavery MOOC Produced by the University of Nottingham and provided through Future Learn!

It’s an amazing class and I recommend it to absolutely everyone and anyone.

Personally, I got about 2/3s of the way through before ‘life happened’ and I was forced to stop for a few weeks. When I got back to the assignments, the class had ended and the forum activity consisted of a very small number of stragglers (like myself) completing the class on their own. Doing a MOOC after it’s officially closed isn’t as much fun. All of the discussions and interactions with instructions are a huge part of the experience, but that did not detract from the quality of the content or my ability to get really good information out of it.

If they run the class again, I strongly recommend taking part – it’s well done and the topic is extremely important.