Cyber Awareness demonstration at IT Carlow on legitimate websites being replaced with fake ones

It aims to raise awareness amongst staff and students of the ever-present and ever-increasing risks of cyber-attacks

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A Cyber Awareness Morning took place at the Institute of Technology Carlow on Tuesday and was organised by the Computing Services Department in conjunction with cyber security staff and students.

The Cyber Awareness Morning aims to raise awareness amongst staff and students of the ever-present and ever-increasing risks of cyber-attacks that all users of IT systems are exposed to, and to provide simple tips on how to greatly reduce one’s chance of being impacted by a cyber-attack.

Stands erected in the Central Services Building were manned by staff members who provided live demonstrations of a successful ransomware attack, how to check if your username or password has ever been hacked and how to encrypt a USB key, amongst others.

There was also be a technical demonstration on an advanced hacking method for replacing legitimate websites with fake ones that look the same but capture unsuspecting users’ data.

A series of talks addressed topics such as: keeping your passwords safe; recognising rogue emails and GDPR compliance.