Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST)
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Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST)

Week 2: Authentication

Introduction

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CORY DOCTOROW
Hello and welcome to Week 2. Last week we looked at online activities and security threats. We saw that many of these threats depend on attackers being able to impersonate us online. For this to happen, the attacker needs to access our online identities.
So this week we're looking at passwords. Many online services use passwords. From social networks to payment systems, passwords are how we identify ourselves and interact with the services that we use. So you'll learn the ways in which attackers will try to discover your password so they can impersonate you online. And you'll learn how you can improve the security of your passwords, and online identification methods that use different techniques and password managers.
But before we get started, a note of caution-- there will be discussions during the course, and just as you should never disclose your PIN, please also take care never to share any of your passwords. If you need an example, make one up.
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Cory introduces you to Week 2 of the course.

Last week you explored the security threats that could affect your ability to stay secure online. You also learned how to keep your knowledge of these threats up to date.

This week you’ll learn about the purpose of passwords and the different situations in which they are used, the ways in which attackers try to learn your password so they can impersonate you online and ways of improving the security of your passwords and online identification methods.

Important warning: This week, you will be asked to discuss different aspects of password security. It is critical that you never share your actual passwords and only discuss the general principles. If you need an example, please make one up rather than give an actual password!

Week 2 game – Operation Open Sesame

It is recommended that you use a desktop/laptop computer to play the games in this course, and use headphones where possible for the best audio experience.

Continue your learning by following the link to this week's game:

Week 2 game – Operation Open Sesame (open this link in a new tab/window so you can come back here easily after playing the game) [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

A note on learning pathways

Learning pathways are a recommendation only – you may choose to follow your own learning pathway and complete all sections, if you feel this will help you to complete the end of week quiz successfully.

Please note:

  • The Amber pathway includes the extended topics of the week.
  • The Green Pathway does NOT include the extended topics of the week.
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