Washington University to host first annual Cyber Security Awareness Symposium

October is recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to raise awareness of the technology threats we face each day and to learn how to better protect our information, devices, and ourselves. The WashU Information Security Office (ISO) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) are hosting a number of events intended to educate the WashU community on our shared responsibility in information security.

Washington University’s first annual Cyber Security Awareness Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 12, in the Emerson Auditorium at Knight Hall. This one-day symposium is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to learn about the best practices, tools, and resources that facilitate threat prevention. The symposium will feature dynamic speakers who will present relevant topics around information security that directly affect our campus community. This event is free and open to the public.

Sessions include:

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks
  • 10: 00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Is Big Brother Watching? – A panel discussion on data monitoring, capturing, and storage in higher education. This session will focus on topics including: illegal downloading and copyright infringement over University networks, digital monitoring and the impact on user privacy, and the University’s current ‘big data’ initiatives.
  • 12: 00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. -Careers in Cyber Security – A presentation on the many career options within the cyber security field and a look at WashU information security degree and certificate programs.
  • 2: 00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Predatory Cyber Crimes: Armed, Connected, and Dangerous – A presentation and open discussion on sexting, revenge porn, libel, bullying, stalking doxing and other privacy cyber crime affecting the WashU community.
  • 4:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Continue reading to learn more about topics, speakers and sessions for the Cyber Security Awareness Symposium, as well as upcoming NCSAM events.

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