All of us in civil society are confronted with the negative externalities that many human inventions bring with them. The promises of improvement brought about by technological development also hold some consequences that can become problematic or represent a dilemma for our individual interests. The use of different devices with an internet connection has exposed us to different cyber threats and risks, from the possibility of impersonation and information extraction, to the exposure of personal data, and external surveillance, among others.

For this reason, Hive Mind has designed and offers a free digital security course. The objective of the course is that participants appropriate fundamental concepts of cyber security such as; privacy and security, state surveillance, and cybercrime, to develop an empowered mindset, and improve and value privacy and security.

The Digital Security self-study course is designed to introduce the basics of digital security. The objective of the course is to cover fundamental concepts of cyber security, such as, for example; state surveillance and cybercrime, as well as specific methodologies for modeling threats using a framework developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF.

The main learnings you will get in this course will be:

  • How to be aware of digital threats and how to apply tools and techniques to mitigate the risks generated, through:

  • The creation of an organizational security plan.

  • Develop an empowered mindset to improve and value privacy and security.

  • Understanding the importance of the wide range of threats to privacy and security.

  • Applying protection techniques for Digital Security.

  • Changing security and privacy settings on accounts.

  • Finding and deleting personal data online.

  • Surfing anonymously.

  • Using two-factor authentication.

  • End-to-end encrypted communication.

  • How to use password managers

  • The use of file encryption.

Course content:

  • What is information security? Information security. Threats to information. Security measures / the CID triad.

  • Privacy and Security. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, "Have I been fooled?", When to sacrifice your privacy?

  • State Surveillance. The Snowden revelations. Why does Meta Data matter? The types of state surveillance and targeted surveillance. The essential "First Draft" guide. Panoptic surveillance. The Chinese Credit system. Surveillance capitalism. "Unread Terms and Conditions".

  • Cybercrime. GDP of other countries. Malware. Types of malware. What can be done to protect ourselves from Malware. Social Engineering. What can we do against Social Engineering? The essential guide of "First Draft": "How to avoid Phishing attacks".

  • Threat Modeling. Conceptual Framework for Threat Modeling.

  • Steps to follow. Integral Thinking. The choice of security software. List of trusted and untrusted software. Using the principles of Digital Security. Counter Arguments.

Here you can register for the free Digital Safety and Security course: