October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
In October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is celebrated to encourage each individual to do all he or she can do to keep online experiences safe and secure.
During the month, Information Technology Services' IT Security Office has planned four events to provide information about cyber security and safety. The information being provided during each session will explain how to protect sensitive information, what some of the risks are and how to avoid them and how failure to take necessary precautions when using the Internet can put you and the information of others at risk.
The first session for the month is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Johnson Center Room 239A. The speaker is Brian Pallozzi from Symantec Corporation. Pallozzi will discuss how to defend your data. He will talk about the best practices when it comes to protecting and securing data, including sensitive information such as passwords and user names, from hackers.
At 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2015, in Johnson Center Room E, Thad Odderstol from the Department of Homeland Security will discuss Stop. Think. Connect. His presentation will focus on taking practical steps to making sure you are safe online by considering what you are doing before you connect to the internet, click on a link or provide information.
For the third session, Bhavesh Chauhan, a Security Solutions Engineer from Verizon, will come to talk about the 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report. Each year, Verizon complies a report that analyzes information about security incidents with a focus on data breaches. He will discuss the report and what it means for computer users. His presentation is at 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 2015 in the Johnson Center Bistro.
Our fourth session will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Johnson Center Room E, when Mason's new Chief Information Security Officer David Landry will discuss his goals and plans to help keep Mason's computer users safe. As one of Virginia's leading research institutions, Mason is often a target of hackers seeking information. Landry will discuss how each Patriot has a role in helping to keep hackers out and information safe.
All events are free and open to all in the Mason community.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen L. Bates at 703-993-2906.
Download the Cyber Security Awareness Month flyer.