Personal Cyber Defense:
Protecting Your Computer From Attacks, Hacks, Malware & Scamware
In this course, specially designed as a personally engaging introduction to Cybersecurity, students will learn the concepts of Cybersecurity and develop skills that will allow them to protect their personal and family accounts from viruses and attacks. They will learn about the history, the present, and the future of the cyber world and the importance of security. The knowledge they acquire from this course will help them secure their home networks, their computers, phones, and other devices.
Topics we will cover include: types of attacks (Trojan horse, worm ransomware, social engineering), how to identify scamware, how to identify safe/unsafe sites, personal surveillance (types of information that can be taken from social networking accounts), encryption techniques, good vs. bad anti-virus software, how to address virus issues on your computer, and where to go for emergency help. More advanced students engage in hands on exercises to learn the basics on how to secure Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, and they will be challenged to find vulnerabilities through competitive, team based exercises. Additionally, our instructors will discuss ethical hacking, and offer demonstrations.
Why take a Cybersecurity Class?
Ages: 10 – 15
Location: Mason Campus Fairfax
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc.
- Questions about parking on the Fairfax campus? Find answers here. (Information on parking at Mason in Loudoun coming soon)
Mason Game and Technology Academy
Virginia Serious Game Institute
10900 University Blvd.,
Bull Run Hall Ste 147
Manassas, VA 20110
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