The following scenarios highlight two of the many dangers people face online everyday:
SCENARIO 1: Sylvia received an email asking her to validate her banking information. She complied and the next time she wrote a check, it bounced. All of her money had been “hijacked” by the fraudulent group posing as her bank!
SCENARIO 2: Jack, a dedicated worker and medical transcriptionist at a small medical practice took home a stack of papers to complete for his doctor and have ready by the morning shift. When he inserted the thumb-drive into his computer the next morning, he didn’t realize that he had brought with him a virus from home. Now, not only was his evening’s work gone but the entire office network was compromised!
To those in the business of cyber security, stories like these may sound ridiculous. Unfortunately, there are many people unaware of the hidden dangers in cyberspace. Unsuspecting actions can have a profound effect not only on individuals, but everyone we interact with online.
cyber security is a shared responsibility. If you have passion and areas of expertise, consider joining us to help all digital citizens make San Diego a place we can live, work and play safely in the cyber world.
Each of the workgroups are focused on specific objectives that drive towards the vision and mission statements of the coalition, with a primary focus on the mission to enable every San Diegan to live, work and play safely in the cyber world.
If you would like to get involved, please let us know which workgroup(s) you are interested in by completing the contact us form.
The Securing Our eCity Public/Private Partnership Workgroup is focused on facilitating interaction between the regional sectors, industry and government to support the SOeC mission.
The Securing Our eCity Police Workgroup is focused on city, state and federal cyber security policies. They work to understand the benefits to both business and individuals and to influence adoption of these policies for the benefit of the majority of San Diegans. They also work with local organizations to foster internal cyber security policies that protect businesses.
The Securing Our eCity Awareness Workgroup is focused on increased visibility of cyber security . They foster a unified message so that all citizens will have a basic understanding of the issues which surround cyber security and have knowledge of best practice to take when they are in cyberspace.
The Securing Our eCity Education Workgroup is focused on fostering general and curriculum-based learning for all digital citizens. This includes the general public (individuals and organizations), formal schools (K-12, university, adult continuing ed) and seniors.
The Securing Our eCity Law Enforcement Workgroup is focused on cybercrime prevention through awareness and to provide a guide for organization’s “first responders” if an incident occurs.
The Securing Our eCity Cluster Workgroup is focused on the analysis and recommendations for building a cyber security business cluster in San Diego.
The Securing Our eCity Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Workgroup is focused on working with the nineteen industry segments that make up San Diego’s critical infrastructure elements and helping to ensure they are cyber secure.
The Security Metrics Workgroup is focused on measuring the overall programs of the initiative while working closely with the other workgroups as well as keeping up to date with current security issues.
As an all-volunteer organization, the Securing Our eCity Foundation relies on our friends to help augment the grants we seek to fund programs that fulfill our mission. Clearly understanding that we join together in partnerships as we move forward together helping to raise cyber security awareness and promote education and preparation for all digital citizens.
The Securing Our eCity programs have reached nearly 2 million people in the last year! Consider getting involved and help make a difference. To view our Friends of the Foundation brochure click here.
The Securing Our eCity Foundation offers engagements for awareness, education and preparation through trusted community organizations to foster the idea of collaboration to the fullest extent.
Some of the collaborative efforts include:
A trusted partner, families, youths and seniors can engage in cyber learning experiences at most local YMCA facilities. With specific programs and activities targeted at specific groups YMCA members can learn about cyber security best practices in a familiar and safe setting. Contact your local YMCA for schedules in your area or contact Securing Our eCity to request a special class through your local YMCA.
Girl Scouts of San Diego and Imperial County
Working in close cooperation with program directors at the San Diego and Imperial County Council office, the Securing Our eCity Foundation provides a half-day workshop focused on cyber security elements such as:
- Social Networking
- General awareness of best practices
Typically offered in the spring and fall, interested girls should check out the council activities to see when the next events are coming to their area. Troops may also request a special workshop to help the girls achieve their merit badge. Contact Us for details and to schedule a troop level session.
Boy Scouts of America
Working in close cooperation with program directors at San Diego Council office, the Securing Our eCity Foundation provides a half-day workshop focused on cyber security elements such as:
- Social Networking
- General awareness of best practices
Typically offered in the spring, interested troop leaders should consult their council representative for specific details. Troops may also request a special workshop to help the boys achieve a badge. Contact Us for details and to schedule a troop level session.
Mayors’ Cyber Cup
A hands on experience for high school students, the Mayors’ Cyber Cup is a competition for learning to defend computer assets. Available to all students in the greater San Diego area, we encourage participation in this fun and exciting activity. Lead sponsors include: SAIC, NDIA, UCSD, Securing Our eCity Foundation and Bridgepoint Education.
The Mayors’ Cyber Cup Goals are:
- Encourage students to learn more about information assurance and computer security
- Provide an educational venue in which students are able to apply the theories and practical skills they have learned
- Foster a spirit of teamwork, ethical behavior and effective communication both within and across teams
- Create interest and awareness among participating schools and students
- Encourage students to consider information assurance and computer security as possible career paths or courses of study in higher education
Two to three months effort, the heated competition begins with practice rounds in January followed by two qualifying rounds in February and the prestigious finals typically held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on Saturday, in early March.
Eight teams are selected from the qualification rounds to compete in the finals round for $5,000 in prizes and awards at the UCSD Facility Club.
For more information about the 2014 contest and to learn how to coach or mentor a team watch the Securing Our eCity Foundation events calendar or contact us.
San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is a community-wide event designed to engage and encourage students’ interest in science and engineering. Inspired through the efforts of local high and bio-tech companies, teachers and parents, the students are excited as they are exposed to avenues to becoming tomorrow’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders and innovators.
The Securing Our eCity Foundation shares an element of cyber security and how important it is to all facets of life. Students play an interactive game of Cyber Feud to help learn key areas of staying safer in cyber space.
See us next year at the Festival!