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Posted September 12, 2017

Protecting Privacy

Cal State East Bay offers free cybersecurity workshop to public

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According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 2016 was a record year for cybersecurity breaches. In response, a new, free-to-the-public cybersecurity workshop at Cal State East Bay aims to reverse that for individuals in the area worried about protecting their secure information.

The free Cyber Security Awareness and Response Community Workshop is a project of Cal State East Bay’s continuing education department, and will provide attendees with tools and tips to help keep their personal information, businesses and employees safe from cybersecurity attacks.

The class will be taught by Christopher Godley, a certified emergency manager with more than 25 years of experience in public safety and emergency management. Topics will include the evolving nature of cyber threats, how to  better protect computer systems and mobile devices and how to develop safe cyber habits to keep businesses more secure.

The workshop is a preview to the full program offered at Cal State East Bay’s Oakland center, which offers two cybersecurity tracks — one for professionals seeking test prep and another general course for those interested in cybersecurity awareness and response protocols. Program staff hopes the free course will help students learn to make “risk-based decisions to protect and defend their organization against cyber threats.”

In addition to the Sept. 27 workshop, Cal State East Bay offers additional options for students interested in studying cybersecurity through the university’s year-round computer science program. Professor of Computer Science Levent Ertaul shares that Cal State East Bay offers more than a half dozen cybersecurity-related courses each quarter, including Principles of Network Security and Network Security Management and Security in Computer Networks, among others. 

For more information, or to RSVP for the Sept. 27 event, visit the Cyber Security Awareness and Response Community Workshop website.

Read more about Cal State East Bay's role in fighting cybercrime.

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