Penn State 博克斯 Cyber Lions raise awareness of cybersecurity with retirees


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WYOMISSING, Pa. — Senior citizens are often frequent targets of online scams and phishing attacks. A group of Penn State 博克斯 students, under the moniker “Cyber Lions,” aim to raise awareness of cybercrimes and scams targeting seniors and to help protect them from scammers and criminals.

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Cyber Lions will help to educate residents of Phoebe 博克斯 Retirement Community in Wernersville, 宾西法尼亚, about cybersecurity issues and best practices on Friday, 10月. 20. The students will give a brief presentation on password security, phishing scams and safe practices for banking and shopping online. Following the presentation, the students will answer questions and help the residents to secure their devices.

Penn State 博克斯 Cyber Lions is composed of students majoring in one of the college’s degree programs in cybersecurity analytics and operations (CYAOP), information technology (IT), and security and risk analysis (SRA), and students with an interest in cybersecurity. The students who will give the presentation include senior IT majors Corey Livinghouse and Vidda Jimenez; senior CYAOP majors Matthew Blake and Elizabeth Kowalczyk; junior SRA major Josh Breton; and first-year science major Jonathan McFadden.

Abdullah Konak, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology, serves as adviser to the Cyber Lions student organization. For more information, contact Konak at [email protected].