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IT security roundtable May 7: Traveling safely

Summertime makes Manhattan seem like a ghost town as K-State students, faculty, and staff hit the roads and airways for distant lands. The potential rewards of personal and professional travel are great, but so are the security risks. Thus, this month’s IT security roundtable will discuss tips on how to travel safely so people can protect themselves from identity theft, financial fraud, and other threats related to information and technology while on vacation.

Join us 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, in Union 213 to learn about:

  • What and where are the travel risks?
  • Using Internet cafes safely (is that possible?!)
  • Using wireless/WiFi “hot spots” safely
  • Protecting your eID and other passwords
  • Protecting your personal and financial information
  • Risks of ATM machines (ATM “skimmers” are a growing threat)
  • Airport risks
  • Laptop security
  • Things to do before you leave (like backing up your files)
  • Beware of export restrictions on certain technologies (and nonsensical government policies like Israel’s temporary ban of Apple iPads)

This is a repeat of the roundtable given a year ago, updated with new information.

Harvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer (and an insatiable wanderlust), will give a presentation and facilitate the discussion. Come share your experiences and tips so all can benefit from the collective wisdom. As always, the IT security roundtable is open to anyone.

About Harvard Townsend (harv@ksu.edu)

Chief Information Security Officer