All times indicated are Eastern Time. The program will commence at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. with a 1-hour break between the morning and afternoon sessions.
11:00 a.m. Our Group Leader will host a welcome meeting (30 minutes) and explain all aspects of the program, technical support online, and answer questions. 11:30 a.m. We’ll be joined by our instructor, Scott Shane, who will give us an introduction to “disinformation.” Did Obama really shake hands with the president of Iran? Did Trump’s lawyer plot with Russian spies to hack the Democrats? Are Fox and MSNBC reporting from different planets? As COVID 19 tests our grasp of science and the 2020 election approaches, veteran reporter Scott Shane, who spent 15 years at “The New York Times” and 21 at “The Baltimore Sun,” will use real images and video clips to discuss how we separate truth from fabrication. We’ll also get some advice on sharpening our “nonsense detectors.” Following the lecture, we will participate in a question and answer session facilitated by our Group Leader. The lecture and Q&A session will last 1 hour.
12:30 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m. We will regroup and meet with our other instructor for the afternoon, Scott White, who will take us into the world of cybersecurity. We’ll learn about the new cyber topography and how it can be used to facilitate criminal activity — including but not limited to espionage, terrorism, and cybercrime. We will explore what cybersecurity is, the concepts required to ensure information is protected, the types of attacks and techniques used by our adversaries to compromise information systems, and how we can defend ourselves in this dynamic threat environment. Following the lecture, we will participate in a question and answer session facilitated by our Group Leader. The lecture and Q&A session will last 1 hour and 15 minutes. 2:45 p.m. We will have a final group discussion and wrap up session (15 minutes) with our group leader. 3:00 p.m. Program Concludes.