April 27, 2017

Computer Security and Privacy

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Safe Computing in the Unsafe Age of Hackers & Data Breaches: Computer Security for the Home User

Reports of cyberattacks against companies and the government are becoming the norm, but what many don’t realize is that the threat against individuals is increasing at a much faster pace. When determining the root cause of these incidents, a majority is attributed to the user performing unsafe computing practices. This class, taught by an industry security expert, focuses on tools and techniques that the average home user can use to protect themselves from such attacks, both at home and at work. Class goes in-depth on the easier methods available to common computer users, and gives briefer discussion on advanced techniques for further exploration by those interested in full-on “lockdown” security. Topics include current threats, passwords, home networks, mobile computing, email, general web surfing, and many other useful items for protection. Chris Murphy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who works the information assurance industry for various corporate and private clients.

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Maintaining Electronic Privacy in the Modern Age

In this age of ubiquitous electronic usage, personal privacy is going the way of the dodo. Explore the various ways our privacy is eroding and their detrimental effects. For example, would it surprise you to learn that when you purchase an item on the Internet, you might be charged more than the next guy simply because the seller has learned about you and knows you will pay more? See demonstrations and learn methods to counter the many ongoing attacks on our privacy, and leave with a treasure trove of information to continue exploring. Chris Murphy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who has working extensively in the information assurance industry for various corporate and private clients.

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Cybersecurity for Businesses: Keep Your Data Safe!

Large companies like Target and Home Depot spend hundreds of thousands to protect their businesses’ cybersecurity, and still they fail. The investment for the average small business is actually very affordable and properly implemented techniques dramatically decrease risk. What would the cost be if all your contact information was gone, your financial system was attacked and data taken or destroyed, your intellectual property unknowingly sold, or your computer crashed? What impact to your reputation would there be if it got out that you’d been hacked? Chris Murphy, an industry computer security expert, teaches small business owners the same key tenants of corporate computer security: maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your important electronic data. He also teaches Safe Computing (#3109) and Maintaining Privacy (#3110) at CFU. Even if you rely on vendors for services, it’s important to be aware of the risks out there, and what you should expect from your suppliers.

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