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IT security roundtable June 4: Risks of social networking

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace are a fact of life (and for some, obsessions!), especially for the current generation of students at K-State. The reality is if you want to communicate with that generation, you need to  have a presence in social media. The other reality is that hackers/criminals know this is where people spend their time and therefore target these platforms.

Social networks have also permanently altered the privacy landscape on many fronts — the information we post about ourselves, what others post about us, and the information about you that the social networking sites themselves harvest and perhaps share with third parties.

Join us 9-10 a.m. this Friday, June 4, in Union 213 (note that it will only last one hour this time) for a discussion on the security risks of social networking. We will discuss the ways hackers are using social networks to try to infect your computer with malicious software and/or steal your personal information; the subtle and not-so-subtle threats to your privacy; and tips on how to navigate the social networking landscape safely.

Harvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer, 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