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  Delivery: eLearning
  CPD: 2 points

In today's digitally interconnected world, it is more important than ever to ensure that payroll data is secure. Cyber-attacks may compromise this data and expose the organisation to legal, reputational, and operational risks. This course provides you with an essential understanding of cyber security and how to protect your payroll data from threats. In this course, you will learn how to identify common threats, secure your devices and networks, and minimise data breach risks. By the end of this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to safeguard payroll information as well as respond appropriately to cyber threats.


Why you should attend

Those who work with payroll data should be familiar with cyber security. A payroll department's large volume of confidential data makes it an attractive target for cybercriminals seeking to exploit system vulnerabilities. The compromise of this data can result in identity theft, fraud, legal issues, and reputational damage for the organisation and its employees. This course will provide you with information on how to protect payroll data from cyber threats, such as phishing, malware, ransomware, and hacking. As well, you will gain an understanding of how to detect and respond to cyber incidents.

What you will learn

This course will begin with an introduction to cyber security and explain why it is important to payroll, before discussing common cyber threats, such as malware and hacking. The course will also cover best practices for protecting your systems and data. The course will also cover social engineering techniques, such as phishing attacks and insider threats, before considering how to investigate and respond to security incidents.

After completing the course, you will be able to:
•    Identify common cyber security threats
•    Implement best practises in defending against cyber security threats
•    Investigate and diagnose events relating to payroll systems

Course content

Introduction to Cyber Security in the Payroll Function
•    What is Cyber Security?
•    Importance of Cyber Security in a Payroll Function
•    Systems

Understanding Cyber Threats
•    Social Engineering in Payroll
•    Cyber Attacks
•    Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
•    Malware, Ransomware, and Hacking
•    Insider Threats and Supply Chain Attacks
•    Common Mistakes
•    How do insurances work?

Secure Password Management
•    Creating strong passwords and Password best practices
•    Storage and Vulnerabilities 
•    Multi-factor authentication

Email and Internet Safety
•    Malicious Links and Email Attachments
•    Safe Browsing

Secure File Handling
•    Encryption and File Protection
•    Secure File Transfer Methods
•    Secure Data Disposal

Data Protection Best Practices
•    Data Backup and Recovery
•    Network Security Measures
•    Software Updates and Patching
•    Legal Requirements (GDPR and DPA)

Incident Response and Reporting
•    Identifying Security Incidents
•    Reporting Procedures
•    Post-Incident Actions and Prevention

Prior learning required

Despite the fact that prior knowledge is not required, it will be beneficial if you are familiar with some basic computer skills, such as email use, web browsing, password creation, and software updates. In addition, you should familiarise yourself with the data protection policies, procedures, and software systems of your organisation.

Continue your learning

Payroll Update
Providing a full update of changes that may affect payroll, pensions and reward professionals the Payroll Update course is reviewed every 14 days to ensure that you remain up to date and compliant.