(ISC)²® Foundation Launches New Online Safety Education Program for Seniors

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Safe and Secure Online® Program Expanded to Help Senior Citizens Avoid Fraud, Malware and Other Online Dangers

The (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) Foundation, a charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life with cybersecurity education and awareness programs, today announced an addition to its Safe and Secure Online® program to educate senior citizens on how to safely navigate cyberspace.

In honor of Senior Citizens’ Day on August 21, the (ISC)² Foundation is introducing Safe and Secure Online for Seniors, with the goal of empowering a particularly vulnerable group to understand the dangers, take the proper precautions and protect themselves online. To commemorate Senior Citizens’ Day, (ISC)² Foundation Volunteer Philip Casesa will provide an informational session featuring the Safe and Secure Online for Seniors presentation on Thursday, August 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the (ISC)² Corporate Headquarters located at 311 Park Place Blvd, Suite 400, Clearwater, FL 33759.

“Senior citizens simply did not grow up with the technologies that we rely on today to function on a daily basis,” said Julie Franz, director, (ISC)² Foundation. “They are often prime targets of fraud, malware, social engineering tactics and other forms of malicious online behavior. It is our intent, through Safe and Secure Online for Seniors, to equip senior citizens with the knowledge they need to enjoy a safe online experience.”

Through Safe and Secure Online, (ISC)² member volunteers have helped more than 165,000 children, parents and teachers since 2006 in Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States learn how to protect themselves online and to become responsible digital citizens. Using cutting-edge, interactive presentation materials, (ISC)²-certified cybersecurity experts work directly with seniors in public meeting forums to cover timely, critical topics that affect the senior community, such as:

  • Cybersecurity terms
  • Computer protection
  • Password help
  • Phishing
  • Malware
  • Wi-Fi connections
  • Geotagging
  • Online scams

“As someone with an elderly father who enjoys exploring the nuances of the digital world with little regard for the security implications, I certainly understand the urgent need to protect senior citizens online,” said David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)². “I believe that a free program like this, taught by (ISC)²-certified cybersecurity experts, would be very beneficial to senior citizens as more aspects of their everyday lives go digital. We’re always looking at more ways to help raise the level of cybersecurity awareness throughout the community through the (ISC)² Foundation, and I’m proud to see this program come to fruition.”

For more information on the Safe and Secure Online for Seniors program or to request a presentation, please visit https://www.isc2cares.org/Senior_Citizen_Page/.

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About (ISC)²®
Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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About the (ISC)² Foundation
The (ISC)² Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online life by supporting cybersecurity education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of its members. Through the (ISC)² Foundation, (ISC)²’s global membership of nearly 110,000 information and software security professionals seek to ensure that children everywhere have a positive, productive, and safe experience online, to spur the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and to illuminate major issues facing the industry now and in the future. For more information, please visit http://www.isc2cares.org.

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