Cybersecurity for Library Directors and Managers

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Cybersecurity for Library Directors and Managers

Course Overview: In today’s digital age, libraries play a crucial role in providing access to information and technology to the community. However, this increased reliance on technology also means that libraries are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. To protect your institution and its patrons, it’s essential for library directors and managers to understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to safeguard your library’s digital assets and ensure the privacy and security of your patrons and staff.

Course Objectives:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity concepts, threats, and best practices.
  • Learn how to assess and mitigate risks specific to libraries.
  • Develop robust cybersecurity policy tailored to your library’s needs.
  • Implement effective security measures to protect digital resources, data, and network infrastructure.
  • Ensure the privacy and data security of library patrons.
  • Prepare your library to respond to cyber incidents and data breaches.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Significance of Cybersecurity in Libraries

  • Understanding the cybersecurity landscape.
  • Key concerns for library directors

Module 2: Library Specific Risks

  • Data breaches
  • Intellectual property concerns
  • Risk Assessments
  • Legal implications
  • Third Party vendor management

Module 3: Creating Library Cybersecurity Policies

  • Network security best practices.
  • Data encryption policies.
  • Incident Response policies
  • End User Agreements

Module 4: Technology Inventories

  • Advantages of a technology inventory
  • Best practices for a technology inventory
  • Asset management tools
  • Categorization of items
  • Role of inventory in security, risk management, and incident response

Module 5: Secure Network Architecture

  • Understanding Secure Network Architecture
  • Importance of Secure Network Architecture
  • Network Segmentation
  • Firewall configurations and best practices
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • Network Access Controls

Module 6: Securing Endpoint Devices

  • Anti-Malware
  • Encryption
  • Patch Management
  • Remote Device Management

Module 7: Multifactor Authentication

  • Understanding MFA
  • Significance of MFA in Libraries
  • User Authentication Methods
  • Benefits of MFA
  • Challenges of MFA
  • MFA Implementation
  • Training of MFA for Staff and Patrons

Module 8: Rogue or “Shadow” IT

  • What is Rogue IT
  • Risks Associated with Rogue IT
  • Identifying Rogue IT
  • Addressing Rogue IT
  • Transparent IT

Module 9: Staff Training and Awareness

  • Role of Staff in Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Staff Training
  • Phishing Awareness
  • Incident Response Training
  • Monitoring and Measuring Training

Module 10: Regulations

  • Understanding Regulations for your Library
  • Reporting Security Incidents to Authorities
  • Security Audits and Assessments
  • Compliance Documentation
  • Continuous Improvements of Reporting Metrics

Module 11: Summary

  • Review of topics covered


Course Delivery: This course is offered in a flexible online format, allowing you to learn at your own pace. You’ll have access to everything from the start, allowing you to skip to any areas you need immediate help on, while being structured in a way to guide you from knowing little to nothing to having a solid grasp on all core topics. Our experienced instructors are available to provide guidance and answer your questions as you have them.

Who Should Attend: Library directors, managers, and professionals responsible for library cybersecurity and digital resource management.

Duration: The course is designed to be completed at your own pace, with bite size modules. If you spend 2 to 10 minutes on each module you will be expected to be completed around 4-8 hours of learning.

Protect your library’s digital assets and the privacy of your patrons. Enroll in our cybersecurity course today and secure the future of your library.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Significance of Cybersecurity within Libraries
  • CIA Triad
  • AAA-NR
  • Risks Assessments
  • Legal Implications
  • Network Architecture Best Practices
  • Necessary Policies
  • Technology Inventorying
  • Securing Endpoint Devices
  • Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
  • Rogue "Shadow" IT and How to Combat it
  • Staff Training
  • Regulations for your Lirbary

Course Content

The Significance of Cybersecurity in Libraries
Cybersecurity is a critical practice in today's digital age, where the protection of digital systems, networks, and data is paramount. In a library setting, this is of particular importance, as libraries handle vast amounts of sensitive information, including patron records, research data, and digital resources. In this module, we'll delve into the world of cybersecurity as it applies to libraries, examining the unique challenges they face and the strategies they employ to safeguard their systems and data.

  • Key Cybersecurity Challenges in Libraries
  • Clarifying Key Terms and Concepts
  • Cybersecurity Strategies for Libraries to Get Started
  • An Overview of the Evolving Cybersecurity Threat Landscape

Identifying and Assessing Library-Specific Risks
Libraries play a crucial role in society as repositories of knowledge, culture, and information. They have evolved over time from traditional physical spaces with books and printed materials to modern information hubs that encompass digital collections and serve diverse community needs. In this digital age, libraries face a unique set of risks that need to be identified and assessed in order to protect the intellectual property, patron data, and overall integrity of their operations. This module will focus on how to identify potential risks specific to libraries, with a particular emphasis on two critical areas: patron data breaches and intellectual property theft.

Creating a Cybersecurity Policy Framework for Your Library
To protect sensitive information and ensure the smooth operation of library services, it is essential to establish a comprehensive cybersecurity policy framework. This framework encompasses a set of guidelines, procedures, and practices designed to safeguard library systems and data from potential threats.

Technology Inventory Management
Inventory management is a critical aspect of maintaining and running any organization, including libraries. In the context of library technology assets, it is essential to have an accurate and up-to-date inventory. It is impossible for you to know what to protect and what could be vulnerable without first knowing what you actually have in your care. In this discussion, we will delve into the importance of maintaining such an inventory and discuss some best practices for effective library technology asset management.

Designing Secure Network Architectures
A secure network architecture is a crucial component in the battle against cyber threats, as it serves as the foundation upon which all networked systems and operations are built. In this module, we will explore the concept of a secure network architecture, its components, and its critical importance in mitigating cybersecurity risks.

Securing Your Endpoint Devices
Securing endpoints, such as individual devices like computers and smartphones, is a critical aspect of modern cybersecurity. Endpoints are often one of the weakest links in a library's security infrastructure and the most vulnerable entry points for cyberattacks. This module will delve into the importance of securing endpoints and the significance of safeguarding individual devices to prevent breaches.

Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a crucial security measure that plays a pivotal role in safeguarding sensitive systems and data. It enhances security by requiring users to provide multiple forms of authentication before granting access. In this discussion, we will delve into the significance of MFA as a security measure for your library, emphasizing its effectiveness in preventing unauthorized access to library systems and data.

Rogue “Shadow” IT
Libraries have historically been bastions of knowledge and information, serving as repositories of human culture and offering valuable resources to patrons. In recent years, the digital revolution has transformed the way libraries operate, with many integrating technologies to enhance services and access to information. While this evolution has been largely beneficial, it has also given rise to the concept of "rogue IT" in library operations. In this module, we will explore what rogue IT is, the potential risks it poses to library security, and strategies for identifying and addressing it.

Building Cyber-Aware Staff
In today's hyper-connected world, where the internet and digital technologies are integral to business operations, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. Cyber threats, ranging from data breaches and ransomware attacks to phishing and social engineering, pose a significant risk to organizations of all sizes. One of the critical aspects of cybersecurity is building a workforce that is not only aware of the threats but also equipped to prevent and respond to them effectively. This module explores the role of staff in maintaining cybersecurity and why training is essential in achieving this goal.

Cybersecurity Regulations Impacting Your Library
Understanding and complying with relevant cybersecurity regulations is critical for libraries, as they need to protect the personal and confidential information of their users while also maintaining public trust. Of course, this is not legal advice, it is always recommended to consult with your attorney regarding regulations that apply to your library. However, we will discuss many large regulations that impact entire sectors and even one that goes beyond a single nation’s boundaries.

Wrapping Up and Summary

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