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 Time:  9:00AM-4:00PM Tuition:  $595 Location:  Mason Campus Fairfax Dates Offered:

June 26 – 30, 2017        FAIRFAX                      This session is closed for registration. July 10 – 14 2017           PRINCE WILLIAM      REGISTER NOW July 24 – 28 2017           FAIRFAX                      REGISTER NOW

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  • 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.
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CONTACT US Mailing Address: Mason Game and Technology Academy Virginia Serious Game Institute 10900 University Blvd., Bull Run Hall Ste 147 Manassas, VA 20110 Phone: (703)993-7101 Email: MGTA Founding Director: Vera Lichtenberg, vlichten@gmu.edu MGTA Admin Assistant: Nerissa Hart, shinterl@gmu.edu