‘Predict, Prevent and Prevail’ Theme of Annual Computer Security Campaign - 10/5/10

Purdue University’s ITaP Networks and Security will observe the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

Purdue’s theme this year – “Be a Cyber Survivor: Predict, Prevent, Prevail” – is intended to remind computer users to be vigilant to prevent a security breach, to follow prescribed security precautions, and to celebrate triumph over malicious hackers who violate users’ computers and personal data.

In keeping with that theme, ITaP will host a presentation by Malcolm Harkins, chief information security officer and general manager for enterprise capabilities, controls and compliance for Intel; and Scott Ksander, Purdue’s chief information security officer. They will discuss the latest computing threats in a University setting and how to correctly calculate IT risk. The event is planned for 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The free presentation is open to the public and will be live-streamed and archived for viewing anytime online.

In conjunction with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ITaP encourages students to take part in the EDUCAUSE-sponsored information security awareness poster and video contest. The contest rewards winners with cash prizes and the opportunity to have their posters and videos featured on the HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council) website.

Additionally, visit the SecurePurdue website and watch its three-video series about prudent Internet practices for social networking, password security, and proper handling of spam.

“This year’s theme for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month beautifully describes our objective here at Purdue — creating cyber survivors,” Ksander said. “The cyber world continues to be a very dangerous place, and the key elements to survive are ‘predict,’ ‘prevent,’ and then ‘prevail.’

“In order to prevail, we all need the latest information, and the activities this month are designed to provide the Purdue community with the latest tips, tools, and techniques. Vigilance in practicing safe Internet behaviors and continually assessing risks and new threats ensures that we will prevail.”

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has occurred every October since 2001 to educate computer users about dangers on the Internet, safe behavior online, and the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. This is the fifth year the University has observed the month-long campaign.

For more information, please see the SecurePurdue website.