Episode 2: Passwords and Device Protection

(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.