Liberty Bank and The Charter Oak State College Foundation Partner to Help Keep Public Cyber Safe

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FREE Series of Online Courses Available for Viewing

“We are excited to take our partnership with Charter Oak State College to the next level,” stated Chandler J. Howard, Liberty Bank President and CEO.

Connecticut’s Oldest Bank, Liberty Bank headquartered in Middletown, (, , and Charter Oak State College (, Connecticut’s public online College, are excited to announce the launch of a free, series of online video courses designed to help individuals protect themselves from cybercrime.

The 5-part series can be accessed online here – and is FREE for viewing. Videos are close captioned for the hearing impaired.

The videos feature former FBI special agent Jeff Lanza, who shares his 20 plus years of experience in protecting against cybercrime and identity theft. Lanza’s real world information is delivered in a consumer friendly and easy to understand style. Topics include Prevent Identity Theft, Protect Your Digital World, Protect Your Documents, Protect Your Communications and Beware of Tricks. Each segment contains strategies that can be implemented immediately, plus ends with an optional quiz containing personal assessment questions to test viewers on their retention and understanding of the material. In less than an hour viewers can complete the series, take the quiz and receive a certificate of completion. Also provided are informative hand outs (pdf files) with helpful contact information for taking the steps to protect your identity and avoid cybercrime.

“We are excited to take our partnership with Charter Oak State College to the next level,” stated Chandler J. Howard, Liberty Bank President and CEO. “After learning about this great educational opportunity to help people protect their hard-earned money and stay ahead of criminals, we immediately got involved. Keeping our customers and community safe from cybercrime continues to be a top priority for Liberty and this free, online course reinforces our commitment to do just that.”

Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College, “We’re grateful to Liberty Bank and their ongoing support of the Charter Oak State College Foundation. With Liberty’s support the College’s Foundation is able to act on its mission which includes educating the public on relevant topics such as Cyber Security. Creating a product that can positively impact lives is a result of this great alliance.”

The Charter Oak State College Foundation identifies supporting technology innovations as part of its mission. In conjunction with the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary celebration, and with Cyber Security an area of significant interest to businesses and consumers alike, the Foundation’s Rankin Chair Technology Fund was tapped, as well as support from Liberty Bank’s Community Development Office, to create the free online course.

About Liberty Bank
Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with more than $4.7 billion in assets and 55 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, shoreline and western areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named as a “Top Workplace” by the Hartford Courant for six consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement. For more information:

About The Charter Oak State College Foundation
The Charter Oak State College Foundation is dedicated to supporting flexible and comprehensive degree completion opportunities through the work of Charter Oak State College. Toward that end, the Foundation is a vehicle for accepting private gifts, donations, and bequests to sponsor Charter Oak’s students. The Foundation Board of Trustees provide volunteer leadership for development and fundraising programs and stewardship of the Foundation’s assets in order to assist deserving and needy students meet college costs; award scholarships; and encourage initiatives that enable the College to be a leader in higher education. The Foundation is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About Charter Oak State College
Founded in 1973, Charter Oak State College ( is Connecticut’s only public online college, offering associate and bachelor’s degree completion programs in high-demand fields including Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, Cyber Security and Business Administration. The College offers a Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. Charter Oak is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and governed by Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education.


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