CYBER SECURITY: Not an ‘Impossible Mission’ - 09/29/09

Purdue University’s ITaP Networks and Security has partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to observe the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month during October. This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility,” a reference to the part all computer users should play in protecting their computers and the networks they use.

In keeping with that theme, ITaP will host “Mission One: Protecting Data Is Not an Impossible Mission,” a presentation by John McCumber, strategic programs manager in the Public Sector Group of Symantec Corp., and Scott Ksander, chief information security officer and executive director of ITaP Networks and Security. Their discussion will focus on threats to computer security in a university setting. The event is planned for 9-11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 30 in Fowler Hall in Stewart Center. A security-themed Halloween costume contest will follow.

Additionally, throughout October and continuing through the end of the year, ITaP will host a series of Webcasts. The “firewall chats” will cover a range of computer security topics. For more information about the Webcasts, please visit the SecurePurdue Web site.

“The success of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month rests on all of us doing what we can to engage in awareness activity,” Ksander said. “There are opportunities for everyone from home users to major corporations and government entities to get involved.”

President Barack Obama has endorsed the cybersecurity awareness month, and the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to support it. Governors of 41 states also signed proclamations recognizing the month.

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been conducted since 2001 during October to educate individuals of the dangers on the Internet, safe computer behavior and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. This is the fourth year the University has observed the month-long campaign.

In 2008, the events of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month were successful in reaching 29 million Americans through media, educational institutions, corporations and associations, according to NCSA. 

Purdue is one of up to a dozen institutions of higher education selected to help target the online computer behavior of 17-25 year olds through National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For more information and event updates, please visit the SecurePurdue Web site.