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Cybersecurity Series

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

Cupertino Library Foundation is introducing a new Education Series on Cybersecurity topics of interest to seniors. These events will range from lectures by domain experts, panel discussions with experts and citizens, to hands-on workshops. For 2020 we have selected two topics, 1) How to Spot and Deal with Fake News and 2) How to Spot and Deal with Internet/Email/Phone Scams. All events are free to the public; in 2020 all events will be virtual. One would need to register to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event. Please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing or visit this page to find out about future events.


November 15, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 pm: “Safety Amidst Crimes and Scams" - A Virtual Fireside Chat with Capt. Rich Urena from Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

1 in 10 adults fall victim to phone and email scams. Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. Please join us for a conversation with Capt. Rich Urena and continue to get educated and protect yourself from evolving threats. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from our Sheriff's Office the current crime trends, crimes and scams targeting seniors, crimes being investigated by FBI, as well as tips on personal safety

About the Speaker

Captain Rich Urena of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is currently the West Valley Patrol Division Commander who manages law enforcement services for the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, and the western unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. He has experience in many assignments, which includes investigating crimes of fraud and scams targeting seniors . He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


October 25, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 pm: “Beware of Scams” – Recognize Them Before They Get You by Narayan Makaram

Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. They invariably contact you via phone calls, text messages or email, pretend to be someone you trust (e.g. IRS, your Bank, or IT support), and create a sense of urgency for you to respond. They are out to get your personal information, credit card numbers, or your money.

Come hear a few common scamming scenarios and get armed to stay a step ahead of the scam artists. Bring your stories too, to make this session interactive.

About the Speaker

Narayan Makaram is the CEO of Cybernetix Security LLC that provides cybersecurity consulting. He has spoken at several cybersecurity conferences. More recently he presented "The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Hygiene" at the Cupertino Community Center.


October 04, 2020, 2:00 pm : “Fake News” – How it Spreads and What You Can Do by Susan Nash and Ryan Moore

Are you bombarded with COVID-19 information and election related information? Can you identify facts from fiction? Are you sure you’re not helping spread false information or misinformation from less-than-credible sources?

Come listen to and ask questions of our speakers from Stanford Center on Longevity and Stanford Social Media Lab. Get some tips and tools to identify facts from fiction, opinions from reality, satire from sincerity.

About the Speakers

Susan Nash is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, working on a project to teach digital literacy to older adults. She is also Encore Fellow with the San Jose Mayor’s Office working on the City’s Age-Friendly City initiative.

Ryan Moore is a PhD student in the Stanford Social Media Lab. His research focuses on understanding how people, particularly older adults, use the internet and new technologies to consume information.


Future topics

  • Online payment services (Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, and more)

  • Social Media (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter) Dos, and Don’ts

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