Digital Skills Education

Personal Cyber Security

Workshop description

Nowadays our computers, phones, and tablets are filled with personal information – but how can we keep that sensitive information out of the wrong hands?

In the UK, there are millions of computer misuse offences each year. However, there is a lack of organisations which offer digital skills training to their staff which could help to protect against cybercrimes. To develop cyber resilience in the workplace Scottish Union Learning was awarded funding from the Scottish Government. The project aims to increase the knowledge of unions, reps, and union members through teaching them about cyber resilience and cyber security.

This project uses interactive workshops to deliver information on cyber security and cyber data protection.

Contact Craig about booking this workshop for your members or staff.

The Workshop

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the most common cyber security attacks, but more importantly, how to take steps to protect yourself. You’ll see live demonstrations of attacks and learn how to spot them. These tips will help you feel more confident about using a computer safely. No technical knowledge is required, and we provide all the equipment. The workshop is 90 minutes long, so will not impact on work duties.

What you will learn:

  • Introduction to Personal Security
  • Password Security: how to pick a stong password
  • Social Engineering: this is the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information. This is used by attackers because it’s much easier to exploit your natural inclination to trust someone rather than to hack your software.
  • Phishing: this is when someone attempts to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity (such as a bank)

What are these technical terms?

Cyber Resilience: The ability to prepare for, fight, and quickly recover and learn from cyberattacks. This could be an accidental event or a targeted attack. Whatever the problem is, it can have a direct effect on technology which is interconnected e.g. computer servers which are shared within the workplace.

Cyber Security: This is a key factor of being resilient online. However, those who are cyber resilient should be able to recognise that staying safe online is more than just technical measures. In order to stay safe online, people and organisations must develop an understanding of cyber risks and threats.


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