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October 12th, 2009
Texas State hosts Cyber Security Awareness Day

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The Department of Information Technology at Texas State will hold its fifth annual Cyber Security Awareness Day Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

The day promotes security awareness and safe computing practices and will feature a variety of vendors, speakers and training. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.

The day coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which was created in 2003 by the Department of Homeland Security. The planned events for the day include a variety of activities and presentations with computer experts.

“Anyone who uses a computer and accesses the Internet can benefit from attendance at this event and it costs nothing more than a little bit of one’s time,” said Donald Volz, special assistant to the vice president for Information Technology at Texas State. “The speakers will share knowledge gained from years of experience with many security issues.”

An information security officer in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Lori McElroy, said cyber security on a college campus offers a variety of challenges besides the large task of Internet access for thousands of college students.

“We encourage intercommunication, exploration and development among students and faculty,” said McElroy. “Obviously, we have protections and controls in place, but with a policy more open to intercommunication, we may not have the restrictions in place that a private company, for instance, might have. Therefore we strive to provide a well-rounded security awareness program to all of our students, faculty and staff with various outreach opportunities such as Cyber Security Awareness Day.”

A vendor expo will operate at the event, with representatives from more than 10 technology companies. They will exhibit their products and services as they discuss strategies and answer questions. A variety of prizes will be awarded, including an online training preparation course for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The course was donated by keynote speaker of the day, Dean Bushmiller the president of Expanding Security.

“We’ve always offered prizes of various types, but never one as unique and technology-focused as this class,” Volz said. “CISSP classes are highly valued in the security community.”

Speakers at the event include Conrad Geiger of Sun Microsystems, Kent Woodruff of AirDefense, Brad Jensen of the Microsoft Corporation, Gary White of the Texas State Department of Computer Information Systems, Joel Pridgeon from the Child Exploitation unit of the Austin Police Department, Michael Murray from Symantec, and Otto Glenewinkel of the University Police Department.

For more information, email itsecurity@txstate.edu or call (512) 245-4225. Further information about the event, its sponsors, presenters, a schedule of activities and more can be found at http://security.vpit.txstate.edu/training/csad2009.html.

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