Digital Safety & Security

Self-paced Course

The online self-paced Digital Safety & Security (DSS) course is designed to provide an introduction to digital security basics. The goal of the course is to cover fundamental cyber security concepts, state surveillance, cyber-crime, as well as specific ways of how to model threats using a framework developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF. 
Course Content Outline: 
  • What is Information Security? Information Security. Information Threats. Security Measure/CIA Element. 
  • Privacy & Security.  If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear? “Have I been pwned?” When to sacrifice your privacy?
  • State Surveillance. Snowden revelations. Why does meta data matter? Types of state surveillance. Targeted surveillance. First Draft’s “Essential Guide”. Panoptic Surveillance. China’s “Credit Score” system. Surveillance capitalism. “Terms of Service. Didn’t Read”. 
  • Cyber-crime. Current GDP of other countries. Malware. Types of malware. What do you do to protect yourself from malware? Social Engineering. What can you do against social engineering? EFF’s “Essential Guide”: “Avoid Phishing Attacks”. 
  • Threat Modelling. Threat modelling framework. 
  • Next steps. Thinking holistically. Choosing security software. Trusted & untrusted software list. Using cyber security principles. Counter arguments. 
Learning Outcomes:  
Be aware of digital threats and apply the tools and techniques to mitigate risks by: 
  • creating an organizational Security Plan, 
  • developing an empowered mindset towards improving and valuing privacy and security, 
  • understanding the importance of a wide range of threats to privacy and security, 
  • applying core techniques for protecting Digital Security: 
    • changing account privacy and security settings,  
    • finding and removing personal data online,  
    • browsing anonymously,  
    • using Two-Factor Authentication,  
    • communicating via end-to-end encryption,  
    • using password managers,  
    • using file encryption. 
Who Is the Course for: 
  • Civil Society actors who are present in the digital world and are aware that the Digital Safety & Security (DSS) is an important topic they should know more about, but they are not greatly experienced in this subject, or they don’t know where to begin; 
  • Educators and trainers working with NGOs, activists, or journalists who seek up-to-date and relevant examples and/or methods to share basic DSS know-how with other adult learners; 
  • Advanced media literacy trainers and specialists who want to deepen and/or assess their knowledge in the field of DSS; 
  • Any potential learners who are working or studying online and are interested in improving their knowledge and skills regarding their Digital Safety & Security.

Estimated completion time: up to 2 h for the course and 1-2 h for voluntary individual assignments 
By completing it you will contribute to Civil Society empowerment and will be able to make safer choices!

Training led by Camille


Open source intelligence and information security trainer. Interested in intersection of sustainability, ethics and technology.

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