Amazon has announced that it will offer free cybersecurity training and multi-factor authentication (MFA) devices to help protect organisations and individuals from increasing cybersecurity threats.
The new security initiatives were announced after the heads of leading tech companies, including Amazon, Apple and Google, met with President Joe Biden earlier this week to discuss how the private sector can work alongside governments to improve the country’s cybersecurity.
Biden stated that in the meeting that the organisations invited have ‘the power, the capacity and the responsibility, [he] believe[s], to raise the bar on cybersecurity.’
Training materials the company initially developed for its employees will become available to the public in October 2021. The training materials include online assessments and videos, which organisations can add additional materials to tailor the programme to their own organisations.
“Amazon has designed a digestible and succinct curriculum, used with its employees, to anticipate and educate about possible security threats,” Amazon said. “The materials leverage proven neuroscience and adult learning principles to enhance content retention and are regularly updated as digital attack techniques evolve.”
Amazon will also offer fully qualified Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers a free multi-factor authentication device, which offers the highest level of protection for online accounts. Customers will be able to protect their most sensitive assets from cyber-attacks, authenticating by typing their password and touching the security token plugged into their computer’s USB port.
“The free MFA token adds a layer of security to protect customers’ AWS accounts against phishing, session hijacking, man-in-the-middle, and malware attacks. Customers can also use their MFA devices to safely access multiple AWS accounts, as well as other token-enabled applications, such as GitHub, Gmail, and Dropbox,” Amazon stated.