Contributed by Paul Muir, Information Security Officer, McMaster University
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and the rest of the McMaster community from online threats.
There are a lot of resources available for those that are looking to learn a bit about cybersecurity and how to protect themselves online. Just Google any cybersecurity topic and you will turn up millions of results. But sifting through those can be daunting and confusing, so we decided to do the sifting for you. Throughout out the week we will be directing you to free online materials from a variety of sources that you can share with your friends and family.
Get Started with LinkedIn Learning
A great resource for the McMaster community can be found on LinkedIn Learning. The IT Security team is curating shared course collections of materials that we think will benefit the community:
Members of the McMaster community can log into LinkedIn Learning to access these materials.
Deepen Your Knowledge
Once you’ve got a foundation in cybersecurity, there are many helpful resources to learn more about specific security risks online. Our team has collected a free resources that will give you an introduction to common risks on main campus.
Learn to identify malicious email by understanding the tactics that criminals use to get you to steal you information.
Malware, or malicious software, can hijack your computer and steal your information. Learn about this threat and how to protect yourself.
Your username and password can be all that stands between a criminal and your personal information. Learn how to create strong passwords, and explore other controls that will protect you such as multi-factor authentication and password managers.
Safe Social Media
Don’t let what you share online get into the wrong hands. Do a privacy checkup on your online and social media accounts often.
Mobile Device Safety
Your phone and tablet are just as susceptible to compromise as your laptop. Learn how to prevent bad things from happening while you are on the go!
The McMaster IT Security Team will also release new resources soon via Avenue to Learn. Stay tuned for A2L resources on topics from safe social networking to security basics.