Hope you are all very safe, in good spirits, and doing well during the lockdown. Here are some interesting news articles I think you will like:
For any of you that are wondering how your child can start preparing for a successful career in cyber security, here are some AMAZING resources.
The US and UK governments are now offering 200 online cyber security courses, filled with fun games, virtual lessons and instructor-led weekly webinars that teach your child fundamental security disciplines such as digital forensics, cryptography and operating systems. In these courses “teens can learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails”
You child can also go through the games and lessons at their own pace. And the best part is it is all gamified, which will keep your child interested throughout all the lessons.
The program is now available online for any student ages 13 – 18
CYBER DISCOVERY (FREE in the UK)
CYBER START ($150 in the US)
There is a also a FREE version for US high school girls
GIRLS GO CYBERSTART
Here are a few other FREE related gamified cyber security courses for your kid to enroll into as well:
“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, has launched a product line dedicated to the needs of companies and individuals who have adopted teleworking. At a new website designed to pull together information from a variety of government and private sector sources, CISA provides tips, best practices, and guidance on topics ranging from secure video conferencing to new threats facing teleworking employees.”
And here is the website itself. Good into to check out:
Google is now offering their own free Teleconferencing service called Meet, to be able to compete with Zoom. It is fully encrypted, can have up to 100 users at the same time, and is a good solution to consider as well.
Simple guide on how to lock down your social media accounts
Apple and Google have finally released their underlying contract tracing technology into their latest update. This technology can now be used by countries, to work alongside their own contract tracing apps and help track down and guide people how have been infected. Its a good read, and explains why you will NOT be tracked if you use their tech
A very cool resource for all of you, and especially for those that are now forced to work form home. “Censys, the internet scanning search engine, has a new online home Wi-Fi network scanner, which quickly identifies any risks on your home network — like leaky ports or exposed devices.” Run the scan, its free!
A free online CISSP Bootcamp for those interesting in pursuing a career in cyber security (you should!). It is worth checking out, considering these courses can be quite costly
A nifty browser add-on to help you spot Twitter bots, so you can ignore misinformation and disinformation on Twitter
A cool article that shows some hidden security/privacy gems in Gmail.
The latest version of Firefox has a bunch of new security and privacy features. For instance, the integrated password manager called LockWise will alert you if it detects any of your stored credentials in a data breach on the Web
Google has also just released their latest version of their Chrome browser, which also adds news security (and even privacy :)) features. As an example, Chrome now has an enhanced version of Safe Browsing built in. It can warn you if any of the websites you visit are on their list of malicious sites. They also have a more powerful Password Manager built in as well.
For all our Pakistani students that are enrolled, FYI please be aware that Pakistan’s leading telecom service has apparently been hacked, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, national IDs, and more on over 44,000,000 Pakistanis have been leaked.
The database was apparently hacked back in 2017.