Cybersecurity Awareness Training Series

September 16, 2013 - July 17, 2014

Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Important Information for All Utility Personnel

A four-part Webinar Series presented by the APPA Academy and Hometown Connections

Protecting your utility from the damage of cyber crime, sabotage and bad practices depends upon all personnel following the basic principles of cybersecurity. Your operations and IT teams cannot succeed without the support of everyone else on staff.   Security awareness/training has been proven to be one of the most effective "low hanging fruit" means to improving the security of utilities.   This four-part webinar series provides Cybersecurity Awareness Training to every member of the utility staff and has been structured as a series to build upon and reinforce the training concepts. 

All webinars take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration Information

  • Individual webinars: $89 for APPA members; $179 for nonmembers. Choose an individual webinar below.

  • The entire 4-part series : $299 for APPA members; $599 for nonmembers.

Registration fee provides access for one log-in, access to audio recording and the PowerPoint slides.
Click here to register for the series or click the webinar titles below to register for the webinars individually.

Quantity discounts are available:

  • 20 – 50 registrations: $69 per registration for APPA members

  • 50 or more registrations: $49 per registration for APPA members.

For quantity discounts contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Education Manager: 202/467-2921;

Webinar Descriptions:

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part I
Sept. 16, 2013
2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Part I Agenda

Shhhh— My Password is a Secret and You Can't Break It!

  • Password requirements

Let's Go Phishing!

  • Avoiding phishing breaches

Tempting but Don't Plug That Thing!

  • Safe use of external media

Where's My Computer?

  • Physical security of Computing Devices

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part II
Jan. 23, 2014
2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

 Part II Agenda

Leaving My Life at Home!

  • Social Media based security/privacy

Don't Worry Honey! I Can Download That Movie from Work!

  • Dangers of P2P Network

What Was That Thing That I Signed 10 Years Ago When I Joined This Company?

  • Security Policy review

Joe Hack is My Best Buddy!

  • Dangers of Social Engineering

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part III
April 17, 2014
2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Part III Agenda

Wonders of Garbage Can!

  • Dumpster Diving

Did You Close that Window and Door?

  • Ports and Services Review

Patch Me Up Scottie!

  • Importance on Updating Patches and Signatures

Where's My Cover?  I Need to Cover Myself!

  • Dangers and Symptoms of Spyware, Viruses, and other Malwares

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part IV
July 17, 2014
2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Part IV Agenda

Why is Joe Hack Still In Our Office and Still with Admin Access?

  • Importance of Termination Policy and Access Control List

Space Issues? Need to Use "Cloudy" Cloud Services?

  • Protect and Prevent Confidentiality and Integrity Using Cloud Services (e.g. Online Data Storage)

Who Dun' It?

  • Importance of Unique Username and Password


Instruction provided by N-Dimension Solutions, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions in affiliation with Hometown Connections. N-Dimension is a member of NIST’s Cybersecurity Working Group, a founding member of the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization, the recipient of the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Award for Best Practices in Industrial Cybersecurity, and the Hometown Connections 2012 Partner of the Year.

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If you need assistance with obtaining a username and password, please contact APPA's web staff.

Please contact Heidi Lambert, APPA’s Education Manager: 202/467-2921;