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CLC experts share lessons to learn about cybersecurity

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 29, 2020

As you work, learn and shop online, tune in for tips from College of Lake County’s cybersecurity experts this October. During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, CLC continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity online. This is one of the many services the college offers the local community to ensure Lake County has the resources it needs. 

“As consumers shop more online this year, keep in mind the bad things that can hide behind Black Friday offers,” said CLC director of cybersecurity Byron Sosa. As a 20-year cybersecurity professional, Sosa is experienced at protecting internet-connected devices and the vulnerable personal information at risk. “Someone is always trying to kick down the door.” 

Sosa is among the presenters discussing ways Lake County residents can reinforce their “virtual doors” during Cybersecurity Month. Learn the secret to conveniently developing strong and unique passwords with CLC chief information officer Greg Kozak and listen to tips about building a secure home network with a college cybersecurity engineer. All sessions are listed below: 

  • Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
    Being secure in a “stay at home” world 
    Presented by Byron Sosa, CLC Director of Cybersecurity 

  • Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
    Getting passwords right: A simple way to achieve the nirvana of easy to use, secure, strong and unique passwords on every site 
    Presented by Grey Kozak, CLC Chief Information Officer 

  • Oct. 21 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
    Four tips for protecting your home from cybersecurity attacks 
    Presented by Przemek Wozniakowski, CLC Cybersecurity Engineer 

  • Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
    How to protect your online identity from current cybersecurity threats 
    Presented by Detective Corey Kemp, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to change our daily routines by requiring us to work and attend our classes from home,” said Sosa. “This shift places a greater importance on ensuring the appropriate steps are taken to protect ourselves, our families and our home devices from cybersecurity threats.

If the words compromised account, ransomware and phishing scare you, tune in for these free virtual information sessions in October. Email cybersecurity@clcillinois.edu to register for these events.

About College of Lake County: 

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable, high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.