CyberAware Podcast

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Join student hosts Raj and Sherwin to learn cybersecurity tips, stay up to date with cybersecurity news, hear from special guests, and more in this new series!

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(Episode 1, click to listen above)

In this first episode of the CyberAware Podcast, our hosts, Raj and Sherwin, delve into the world of cybersecurity to uncover the basics of phishing and patching – two of the Four P’s of cybersecurity. Dr. Veltsos, a professor in Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato, joins Sherwin and Raj to discuss phishing attacks in the current COVID-19 climate. They share helpful tips on how to spot phishing messages, how to avoid falling victim to them, and how to report them. Dr. Veltsos also answers cybersecurity questions frequently asked by students and staff and shares his best advice on how to get involved with cybersecurity in everyday life.

During the second half of the podcast, the group discusses the importance of patching your devices, or keeping software and firmware up to date. Sherwin, Raj, and Dr. Veltsos address how updating devices on a regular basis can help increase security and reduce the risk of a cyberattack. Lastly, helpful tips on staying safe while working and learning from home, including how to be secure while using remote desktop capabilities and how to avoid Zoom-bombing, are shared. The group wraps up the podcast with a final discussion on how the transition to online learning has affected students and professors.

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(Episode 2, click to listen above)

In this episode of the CyberAware Podcast, our hosts, Raj and Sherwin, explore the topics of passwords and device protection – two more of the Four P’s of cybersecurity. Brad Ammerman, an adjunct professor in Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato, joins Sherwin and Raj to talk about best password tips and how to keep your devices safe. The group discusses common password mistakes, how to create strong passwords, how data breaches happen, and how to manage your passwords. Brad touches on important security techniques, like two factor authentication and password managers.

In the second half of the podcast, Raj and Sherwin transition into the topic of device protection with a discussion on how IT Solutions manages devices in order to keep the University safe. Brad lists several options for work and personal device privacy and protection, such as privacy screens and webcam covers. The group discusses common security vulnerabilities, the pros and cons of antivirus software, and how to securely transfer data. Lastly, Brad discusses his experience working remotely and how the transition to online has affected society.

(Episode 3, click to listen above)

In this episode of the CyberAware Podcast, our hosts, Raj and Sherwin, discuss cybersecurity awareness during COVID-19. Mike Hedlund, the President of the Information Security Student Organization (ISSO) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, joins Sherwin and Raj to share his thoughts on vulnerabilities that have heightened due to COVID-19. Together, they delve into the topics of browser extensions, phishing and scams related to COVID-19, and the recent transition to online working, teaching, and learning. Mike shares his personal experiences and gives advice on how to keep up with work and school online.

In the second half of the podcast, the group shares their thoughts on certifications in the information security industry. They also chat about ISSO’s experience at the 2020 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Alexandria, Minnesota. Mike shares his team’s experience in competing in the hypothetical scenario to correct vulnerabilities in systems at risk of being breached. The group wraps up the podcast with a quick discussion on ISSO’s future ideas for hosting information security events, like hackathons, and how COVID-19 has affected their plans.

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Information Security Team student workers and CyberAware Podcast hosts, Raj Manandhar (left) and Sherwin Bothello (right).

Learn about various cybersecurity topics, stay up to date with the most recent cybersecurity news, hear insights from special guest speakers, and more in this series!

Sherwin is a senior majoring in Computer Management Information Systems and Raj is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. Both students are passionate about information security and getting the community involved. The CyberAware podcast is a valuable addition to the cybersecurity resources already offered on our CyberAware website.