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Fundamentals of Cybersecurity for Librarians

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In an age where information is a precious commodity, librarians play a vital role as guardians of knowledge. As digital resources and technology become integral to modern libraries, the need for librarians to understand and implement cybersecurity practices has never been more critical. Welcome to “Fundamentals in Cybersecurity for Librarians,” your gateway to mastering the art of protecting both physical and digital assets in the ever-evolving landscape of library services.

Whether you are a digital native or not super “techy”, fear not! This course will cover the fundamentals with very little technical jargon and as many concrete analogies as necessary to cover any of the more abstract topics.

Topics include:

1. Introduction

  • Welcome to the Course
  • CIA of Cybersecurity

2. Think Like a Criminal

  • Types of Cybercriminals
  • Ransomware
  • Data Theft
  • Making Your Systems a Slave
  • Cyber Vandalism

3. Tricks of the Trade

  • Vulnerabilities
  • Rogue USBs
  • Social Engineering
  • Phishing

4. How to Smell Something “Phishy” and Other Ways to be Safe

  • Know Your Surroundings
  • Password Best Practices/Tricks
  • Encryption
  • Social Engineering Awareness
  • Lost Devices
  • Vulnerability Management

5. Wrapping Up

  • Final Thoughts

In this comprehensive online class, we will empower you with the knowledge and skills needed to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity,  and availability of library collections and digital data. Cybersecurity is not just about defending against external threats; it’s about maintaining the trust of your patrons and ensuring that your library remains a trusted repository of information in the digital age.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The dangers facing the modern library
  • Why cybersecurity is vital for our patrons and our libraries
  • How to think like a hacker
  • Techniques hackers use and how to thwart them
  • What Phishing is and how to avoid it
  • Ways to avoid accidently disclosing sensitive information
  • Password best practices
  • Safe Internet Usage

Course Content

We will warm up with some startling statistics regarding the modern world and the threats to libraries.

  • Welcome
  • CIA the Basics of Cybersecurity

Think like a Criminal
In this unit we will cover how to think like a criminal to better understand what they are after, how they will get it, and how to stop them.

Tricks of the Trade
Learn how cybercriminals do what they do, so that you can more easily keep yourself and your library safe.

How to Smell Something “Phishy” and Other Ways to Keep you Safe
Learn how to spot phishing emails and other ways cybercriminals can beat you to keep your library and yourself safe.

Wrapping Up
Here we will give a brief summary of what you have learned and how to keep yourself and your library safe moving forward.

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9 months ago
Very informative and contained a lot of analogies to break down the jargon!