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Office of Research and Economic Development Seminar Series- Proactive Strategies in Cyber Security- Are You Ready?

When:October 29, 2015

Where:Bost Theater- 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Dave Dampier, Director of the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute

Tom Ritter, Security and Compliance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

Trey Breckenridge, Director of High Performance Computing

Wes McGrew, Assistant Research Professor, Distributed Analytics and Security Institute

Rob Crossler, Assistant Professor, Management and Information Systems

Background: Information security has evolved and in the last few years there has been renewed interest in the subject worldwide. This is evident from the many standards and certifications now available to guide security strategy. The merging of technologies like the cloud, together with advances in wireless communications, has meant new security challenges for the information security experts. It is these experts that organizations, governments and communities in general look to for guidance on best practices in this emerging world. Identity theft and phishing are on-going concerns. Security mechanisms have gotten a lot better and are generally implemented by universities wanting to adhere to good institutional governance, so attackers are now looking to the weak link in the chain, namely the individual user. It is far easier to attack an individual than attempt to penetrate sophisticated institutional systems. It only takes one user to make a careless mistake to open the entire institution up to an attack.

Seminar topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Hackers: How Easy Do We Make It?
  • The Cloud: What's Safe?
  • Creating a Safer Internet By Breaking the Habit of "Yes"
  • Data Privacy: How Private Is It?

If you have any questions about this session, please contact Lynn Taylor in
the ORED office, 662-325-3168.  Email: ltaylor@research.msstate.edu