Cyber Security Awareness: The Importance of Identity Protection

This course explores the basics of identity protection in the modern world.
Course info
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(25)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 18, 2016
Duration
1h 12m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(25)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 18, 2016
Duration
1h 12m
Description

Are you a modern-day internet user who is concerned about protecting your identity? If so, then this course in the cyber security awareness series by MentorSource, The Importance of Identity Protection, is just the course for you. In this course you'll first explore types of identity that can be stolen before moving onto ways to protect your identity. Finally, you'll look at password security and how important it is in protecting your identity.

About the author
About the author

Donna has been in the information technology space for over 30 years, from large corporations to small businesses, across a wide variety of industries in various capacities. Currently she works for a large healthcare organization in the Identity Access Management, which touches everything from information security to governmental regulations such as HIPAA, SOX and PCI.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction
Hello, and welcome to Cyber Security Awareness: The Importance of Identity Protection. My name is Donna Bower, and I am an instructor with Mentor Source. I am an information technology professional with strong cross-industry knowledge effective in developing and implementing custom solutions and strategies for domestic and international customers. I am currently part of the Identity Access Management and Technologies Operations division for a large healthcare organization. I have been in the technology field across multiple industries for 30 years, and involved with data security for over 15 years. What should you already know that you can get the most out of this course? This topic is designed for those people who use computers, from employees who use computers all day long, to those who log in to the computer only occasionally at home. This information is relevant for all. The goal of this course is not to scare you, but to make you more aware of what's out there, so you can protect yourself and your family. So let's get started.

Conclusion
In summary, I encourage all of you to be ever-vigilant. Protect yourselves and your families by being smart with your identities, they are your belongings, just like your car or your jewelry. Defend yourselves by taking the right precautions. You have learned to lock your car and your house when you're not there, use the same habits to log off or lock your PC, iPad, smartphone, or other electronics when you're not using them. Stay safe by being smart. Here are a few more resources. First, the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, has an excellent website that has a great deal of information. There is also a YouTube video on steps to take if your identity has been stolen. In addition, I've listed the three credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, and their corresponding phone numbers. Please take advantage of the yearly credit reports that you can get from each one of them for free. If you should become the victim of identity theft, you should file a formal complaint with the FTC via the FTC. gov website, and if your identity theft is linked to taxes, please be sure to report it to the IRS's Specialized Identity Theft Protection Unit. You would also qualify for a free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus at the time of the incident, even if you have already received your free annual report. Thank you for attending this course. Please take a moment to check out the other courses in our Cyber Security Awareness series.