Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Yourself Online and More

Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Yourself Online and More

Tuesday - 9:30am

First Class: 1/10/23

Last Class: 2/7/23


Instructor: Alan Levy

For the last decade up to his 2019 retirement, Alan was a staff member in the University of Michigan’s information assurance and cybersecurity department. He was responsible at Michigan for drafting and implementation of IT policy with a focus on information security, privacy, and regulatory compliance with federal and state laws. Michigan is considered a national leader in cybersecurity in higher education.

Alan graduated from Middlebury College and did graduate work in international politics at the University of Michigan. He taught international politics and foreign policy classes as a teaching assistant. He has held a number of different administrative positions at the university. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of Ann Arbor.

Course Description

This course is directed at residents who have not previously taken the cybersecurity courses at Pelican Cove. This course does not assume any technical knowledge. Each class will include a presentation followed by discussion and plenty of opportunity for questions.

Do you know where your data is?
Equifax. Yahoo. Sony. Marriott. Anthem Insurance. Home Depot. These major companies experienced giant cybersecurity breaches in the last decade resulting in hundreds of millions of records with Social Security numbers, email passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, and personal health information being stolen by a variety of bad actors, making almost every American vulnerable to identity theft, credit problems, and extortion. It’s not just big corporations at risk; numerous government agencies at all levels, medical centers, and universities and colleges have been victims of large-scale data breaches as well. If corporations and government agencies have trouble protecting their data, what’s an individual or family supposed to do? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in terms of protecting your online security. This course will provide strategies and tangible steps you can take to enhance your information security and privacy.

Session 1 will provide an overview of major issues and challenges in cybersecurity at the national and international level.

Session 2 will go into more detail about ongoing cybersecurity threats at the organizational, institutional and governmental level including hacking by nation-states and criminal enterprises; social media; internet of things; election security; internet of things; ransomware; insider threats; third party vendors; bring your own device.

Session 3: Safe Computing 101: Steps you can take to protect your digital information assets from common threats including phishing, ransomware, and email compromise.

Session 4: Safe Computing 102: Steps you can take to protect your privacy, including avoiding online scams, social media, personal health information, and banking and other financial accounts.

Session 5: Digital estate planning

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