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100+ people attended IT security training event

More than 100 K-State faculty/staff and IT personnel from other Regents institutions gathered in the K-State Union Thursday, April 9, for the annual IT security training event. They heard presentations on topics including how to recognize a scam; how to secure a home computer; advanced forensics; best practices for securing computers on campus; web application security; securely deleting files; effective management of Trend Micro OfficeScan; and protecting Social Security numbers. Presentation materials are now available on the event website.

Larry Kettlewell, the chief IT security officer for the State of Kansas, provided context for IT security governance and policies at the state level in his keynote address, while Harvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer, gave an overview of security threats 2007-2009 at K-State and worldwide, plus what’s on the horizon (and told a lot of really bad jokes).

A survey will be sent to all participants to solicit feedback on how to improve the event in the future.

Given the excellent response and the importance of increasing security awareness and skills, another security event will be scheduled in October during the national Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Watch InfoTech Tuesday this fall for the announcement.

About Harvard Townsend (harv@ksu.edu)

Chief Information Security Officer