Information Security

Information Security Awareness Sessions Schedule

Check this page for information on our current awareness sessions.

All sessions last 1 hour and can be booked from:

https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/

 

Date Time Session Location Description
22/03/2022 10.00 My neighbour hacked my toothbrush! Online - Blackboard Collaborate It has been said the geeks will inherit the earth, and when they do, they will put wi-fi everywhere! But as we connect our devices to the internet, criminals are turning their attention, not only to smart cities but to the smart devices in our kitchens and living rooms. This session considers the security implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and provides top tips to consider when connecting devices in your home.
24/03/2022 10.00 The Information Security Toolkit Online - Blackboard Collaborate This one hour online session gives a run through of the common security tools available at the University and their uses.
29/03/2022 10.00 Mobile Phone Security Online - Blackboard Collaborate

This talk provides a high level overview of mobile phones and the security landscape they operate within. The attack surface along with examples of threats are highlighted along with top ten security tips to help with securing mobile devices.

05/04/2022 10.00 The Evolving Threat Landscape Online - Blackboard Collaborate This presentation discusses the threat landscape for 2022, providing an overview of attack trends and what we may expect to see over the next year. The importance of being aware threats can originate from a wide range of external and internal sources is highlighted, noting that threats are not always initiated by an anonymous hacker.
07/04/2022 14.00 Scams, Phishing and Social Engineering Online - Blackboard Collaborate

This one-hour online talk provides a look at the means of contact and the emotional triggers that criminals use to commit fraud and perpetrate scams against staff and students at the University. 

During the session you will learn about common scams such as: 

  • 419 scams
  • Fake investments
  • Dating scams
  • Fake blackmail
  • Tech support scams

You will study real attacks against the University, identifying how they could be detected and how they encourage their targets to fall for them. By encouraging better critical thinking and knowing the signs of malicious activity, you can make yourself a harder target for criminals.

19/04/2022 10.00 The Rise of Ransomware    Online - Blackboard Collaborate This sessions deals with the most prevalent form of Malware in the world today. An overview of how Ransomware works along with some newsworthy cases of real attacks are discussed. The session finishes with how best you can protect your data.
21/04/2022 14.00 Unravelling technobabble: An InfoSec Dictionary Online - Blackboard Collaborate

Do you struggle with the difference between antivirus and antimalware?

Do you think that TLS stands for Tomato, Lettuce, Salami?

Do you want to know the difference between a ransomware attack and a data breach?

Unravelling Technobabble may be the session for you, where, for one hour, we try to untangle the word and acronym spaghetti that surrounds Information Security.

There will be time during the workshop for any questions you may have.

26/04/2022 10.00 Hacking, Cybercrime and the Movies: Why Cyber Needs a Makeover Online - Blackboard Collaborate This presentation explores how the media has portrayed hacking and cybersecurity, featuring some classic films and the elements they get right and wrong. The talk concludes with suggesting that the image of cyber needs to change and poses the question does the present media portrayal limit the pool of potential candidates looking for a career in security.
27/04/2022 10.00 Phish and Tips Online - Blackboard Collaborate This session introduces the Information Security Top Ten Tips and then covers additional useful to know points around mobile phone security, Internet of Things and home working, Ransomware, Phishing and using social media. These lists have been pulled from the hour sessions that are run regularly throughout the year. This session is non-technical and of benefit to everyone.
03/05/2022 10.00 How Hackers Attack Online - Blackboard Collaborate This session looks at the techniques cyber criminals use to infiltrate organisations. A number of real world ploys are discussed along with advice on how to protect yourself from compromise. This session is non-technical and of benefit to everyone.
05/05/2022 10.00 Data: Knowing what you have and how to protect it.  Online - Blackboard Collaborate

This one-hour online talk provides a more focused version of The Internet Survival Guide talk. 

During the session you will : 

  • Develop an understanding of what data  you hold
  • Develop an understanding of what data others hold about you
  • Discover steps to clean up your data
  • Find out how to keep your data more secure
10/05/2022 10.00 Hacking Humans Online - Blackboard Collaborate This hour long online session looks at social engineering, the manipulation of the natural human tendency to trust, and how cyber criminals use techniques to scam people out of credentials and data. The session finishes with a look at the cyber kill chain with specific reference to the individual, from the criminal perspective.
17/05/2022 10.00 My neighbour hacked my toothbrush! Online - Blackboard Collaborate It has been said the geeks will inherit the earth, and when they do, they will put wi-fi everywhere! But as we connect our devices to the internet, criminals are turning their attention, not only to smart cities but to the smart devices in our kitchens and living rooms. This session considers the security implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) and provides top tips to consider when connecting devices in your home.
24/05/2022 10.00 Mobile Phone Security Online - Blackboard Collaborate

This talk provides a high level overview of mobile phones and the security landscape they operate within. The attack surface along with examples of threats are highlighted along with top ten security tips to help with securing mobile devices.

31/05/2022 10.00 The Evolving Threat Landscape Online - Blackboard Collaborate This presentation discusses the threat landscape for 2022, providing an overview of attack trends and what we may expect to see over the next year. The importance of being aware threats can originate from a wide range of external and internal sources is highlighted, noting that threats are not always initiated by an anonymous hacker.