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In this Library Card Series post we will take a look at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) new video series, Cybersecurity 101. There are three videos included in the series: Recognize Ransomware, Fend Off Phishing, and Countering Disinformation in Social Media. Let’s take a look at each of these 3 videos and discuss the topics discussed in each part of the series.
In the first video, Recognize Ransomware, CISA gives the definition of what ransomware is, how organizations try to recover from ransomware attacks, and how to mitigate the threat of ransomware before an attack occurs. Here’s some key points taken from the first video-
- Ransomware is a type of malware that essentially holds an organization’s files hostage for a certain amount of money
- Recovering software usually cost money, time, and sets back operations from moving forward
- Recovering hostage files is a strenuous process
- Being prepared for a ransomware attack reduces the risk of losing important data and files
- Using backups, firewalls, added protection, and limiting third party site usage are some of the ways to protect against a ransomware attack
In the second video, Fend Off Phishing, CISA talks about what phishing is, how phishing gets into company systems, and how to mitigate phishing threats by implementing different security measures. Some key points from the video are-
- Phishing can be carried out by anyone; a disgruntled employee, a hacker, a government spy, etc.
- Phishing can be used to obtain money, important data, information about employees of am organization, and so forth
- Phishing usually is in the form of emails with a link that initiates a series of malware used to breach an organization’s cybersecurity
- Phishing can tarnish a company’s reputation, cost money, and takes time away from doing important tasks a company may want to focus on
- Educating employees on phishing and how to spot suspicious emails and calls will reduce the risk of phishing and make an organization smarter as a whole
In the third video, Countering Disinformation In Social Media, CISA speaks on how to spot disinformation online, how to fact check information, and how to stop the spread of disinformation. The key takeaways from this video are-
- Disinformation can be put out by political parties, nation states, corporations, and other entities of this nature
- Posts with disinformation will contain certain fallacies like mob appeal, appeal to authority, and other fallacies that cause disruption
- If you see disinformation online, report and flag posts to get them taken down
- Help educate others around you if you spot them spreading disinformation whether on accident or on purpose
- Fact check all statistics and posts read online to make sure the information being presented is truthful and accurate
We encourage you to continue to monitor the Cybersecurity 101 Video Series for additional videos.
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