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K-State stops critical attack on software

by Information Technology Services

On Thursday, March 9, a critical exploit was executed around the world that enabled hackers to take control of web servers. At K-State, the software used to manage the Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarship Application and the Axio LMS (which is in limited use) was attacked. Within an hour of the exploit being known to the world, Information Technology Services (ITS) had an initial block of the attacks in place. Continue reading “K-State stops critical attack on software”

Cybersecurity algorithms, techniques being developed through anthropology methods

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

MANHATTAN — Experts in anthropology and cybersecurity at Kansas State University are examining the unspoken knowledge shared by cybersecurity analysts as a way to develop new automated tools that help analysts strengthen their cyberdefenses.

Xinming “Simon” Ou, associate professor of computing and information sciences, and Mike Wesch, associate professor of anthropology, recently received nearly $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund a three-year project that takes an anthropological approach to cybersecurity. Data will be used to develop algorithms for improved cybersecurity.  Continue reading “Cybersecurity algorithms, techniques being developed through anthropology methods”

Taming the new Wild West: University cybersecurity expert selected for HP Innovation research program

By Communications and Marketing

Nearly undetectable, cyber criminals have turned the Internet into virtual Wild West. Helping to save the day is Kansas State University cybersecurity expert Xinming “Simon” Ou.

Although he may not be John Wayne, Ou, associate professor of computing and information sciences, is developing hacker detection tools in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Co., or HP, as part of the HP Labs Innovation Research Program. Kansas State University is one of only 46 universities in the world to receive the 2012 award.  Continue reading “Taming the new Wild West: University cybersecurity expert selected for HP Innovation research program”

Free IT security training at K-State-Salina Oct. 21

If you are based on the K-State Salina campus and you weren’t able to attend the IT Security training provided in Manhattan, now’s your chance!

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, as part of the celebration, K-State’s IT security team is hosting a series of events that will help the users at K-State become more secure. One of those events is the Free Cybersecurity Training Event 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the K-State Salina Technology Center.

The event will consist of a welcome and introductory remarks from K-State’s new Chief Information Officer, Ken Stafford, followed by two groups of breakout sessions. The afternoon will wrap up with a Security Round-Robin, which will be your chance to ask the security experts the questions you have about IT security at K-State.

Register for the free security training Oct. 21

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Register now for free IT security training event Oct. 12

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, as part of the celebration, K-State’s IT security team is hosting a series of events that will help the users at K-State become more secure. One of those events is the Free Cybersecurity Training Event 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the K-State Student Union.

The event will consist of a welcome and introductory remarks from K-State’s new Chief Information Officer, Ken Stafford, followed by two groups of breakout sessions. The morning will wrap up with a Security Round-Robin, which will be your chance to ask the security experts the questions you have about IT security at K-State.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NCSAM1October marks the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The theme for 2009 is “Our Shared Responsibility” to reinforce the message that all computer users, not just your IT support staff or industry and government, have a responsibility to protect themselves, their colleagues, family members, and K-State’s valuable information and technology resources.

Even though it’s late in the month, familiarizing oneself with cybersecurity risks and best practices is something everyone needs to do continually, not just one time a year. In conjunction with NCSAM, K-State’s IT security team hosted a Regents-wide IT security training event Oct. 5 in the K-State Student Union. PowerPoints from the presentations are available on the event website. Most presentations apply directly to K-State, so visit the website to learn about a variety of topics with offerings for both less technical and more technical audiences.

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National cybersecurity initiative under way

Friday, May 29, Cybersecurity Chief Melissa Hathaway at the National Security Council blogged about the federal approach to securing the nation’s digital future. The culmination of 40+ meetings and reviews of more than 100 papers is the Cyberspace Policy Review, which outlines the nation’s plan to create a reliable, secure infrastructure.

Get the full scoop at Hathaway’s whitehouse.gov/CyberReview blog site — don’t miss the video — and/or read the summary document (PDF, 76 pages).

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