One-hour Cybersecurity Courses to Protect Your Files and Phone

Karlin Andersen
Thursday, October 12, 2017

News of bank, major retailers, or email services being hacked are becoming more common as our personal information moves online and becomes more valuable. Individuals can also be targeted by phishing scams or have their mobile devices hacked for personal and bank account information by offers disguised as enticing free software.

Throughout October, IT Learning and Development and the Office of Information Security (OIS) are promoting CyberSMART learning opportunities to coincide with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. offers short videos and full courses to explain existing threats and how users can prevent their devices and data from being damaged or compromised.

The following courses are great for beginners interested in understanding more about cybersecurity and how to protect their devices; however, offers a wide range of courses for all skill sets. If you have any questions, please contact For more information on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month visit

Cybersecurity Awareness: Digital Data Protection

A beginning overview of how businesses and private citizens are affected by digital attacks and how all users can secure their files. The forty-nine-minute course covers a broad scope of digital safety from online files to email security.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Malware Explained

Within an hour, understand the basics of how hackers use malware to target and enter computers, as well as gain access to files, personal information, and often bank accounts. The course provides tips to protect your devices along with a discussion on effective antimalware tools and virus protection software.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Phishing and Whaling

Phishing and whaling are not relaxing outdoor activities, but email scams that target personal information. The one-hour course explains how users are targeted with fake emails, provides example phishing and whaling emails, and outlines techniques to avoid disclosing personal information to unreliable sources.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Mobile Device Security

Understanding the threats against desktop or laptop computers is an important step to protecting work or personal files, but attacks can also come against mobile devices including tablets and smartphones. In just over an hour, this course identifies mobile device vulnerabilities and how hackers breach mobile device protections. Tips include how to increase device and smartphone app protections.

Cybersecurity Awareness: Backing Up Your Data

Data backup is one of the easiest ways to protect personal and company information and files. In less than one hour, learn which backup plan best fits your software and files along with the difference between local and off-site storage. The course also covers regulations and information risks large companies such as Penn State may face when using data backup systems.