October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - 09/27/12

Purdue University’s ITaP Security and Policy is launching its participation in the annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month on Friday, Oct. 5 with an all-day, two-track program led by some of Purdue’s top cybersecurity experts. One track focuses on security awareness, and the other concentrates on technical cybersecurity tools.

Presentations for both tracks will meet in Stewart Center, Rooms 214 A-B, C-D.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with an hour-long keynote address by Eugene Spafford, executive director of the Center for Education and Research, Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) and professor of computer science.

David Shaw, chief information security officer for IT Security and Policy, follows from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., speaking on the topic of “Security Perspectives 2012.”

The morning concludes with a panel composed of Kyle Bowen, director of informatics at ITaP; Eugene Spafford; David Shaw, CISO at ITaP; and Lorraine Kisselburgh, assistant professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication. They will talk about “The Promise and Peril of Social Networking” from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

The tracks split for the afternoon, each offering three sessions.

Scheduled for the Security Awareness track are:
     1:30-2:30 p.m. — “Social Networking Security and Privacy” (Keith Watson of CERIAS)
     2:30-3:30 p.m. — “Minimum Security Requirements for Handling Data in Research Projects” (Peter Dunn, associate vice president of research; Joan Vaughan, director of HIPAA, Student Health Center; Keith Watson, information assurance research engineer for CERIAS)
     3:30-4:30 p.m. — “Tips on Securing Mobile Devices” (Mike Hill, project manager systems analyst, CERIAS; and Preston Wiley, network security manager of the Center for Environmental Regulatory Information System)

On the Technical Cybersecurity Tools track are:
     1:30-2:30 p.m. — “Suricata: Advances in IDS and Why We’ve Started Over” (Matt Jonkman, CTO at EmergingThreatsPro Inc.)
     2:30-3:30 p.m. — “Incident Response Process” (Doug Couch and Nathan Heck, security engineers in ITaP Security and Policy)
     3:30-4:30 p.m. — “System Auditing for System Administrators” (George Bailey, security technical operations manager for the Technical Assistance Program; and Josh Gillam, associate auditor for data and IT)

The presentations are free and open to the public. They will be taped and archived for viewing anytime online.

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month helps raise awareness about online security and safety, protection of personal digital information, and the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. It has taken place every October since 2001. This is the seventh year the University has observed the month-long campaign.

In addition, SecurePurdue Training offers training videos and other materials about prudent Internet practices for social networking, password security, proper handling of spam, and computer protection.

More information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is available on the SecurePurdue website.