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Aurora, Ill., Sets Up Free Cybersecurity Course for Residents

The city of Aurora, Ill., partnered with KnowBe4 to develop a free online Internet security course for its residents. The course contains eight different lessons and is in response to the new norm of remote work.

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(TNS) — October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the city of Aurora is offering a free home Internet security course for families.

Aurora's Information Technology Department is collaborating with KnowBe4, the world's largest Internet security awareness training platform, to offer Aurora residents a free home Internet security course designed to assist all members of the family in making wise decisions when it comes to Internet usage, city officials said.

The eight online lessons include Passwords, Online Banking Security, Keeping Your Identity Safe, Avoiding Malware, Keeping Personal Information Confidential, Protecting Children Online, Securing Your Home Network and Email and Attachments Safety.

To access the course, go to The password is homecourse.

"Because so many more people are working from home, Internet security is even more pronounced this year," Aurora Director of Cyber and Technology Risk Leela Karumuri said in a press release about the course. "We want to make sure our community is as cyber smart as possible too."

The city of Aurora is also participating in the Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program, a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to promoting online safety and privacy awareness, according to the release.

"Our goal is to emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace," Aurora Chief Information Officer Michael Pegues said.

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