The Office of Information Security (OIS) in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) provides Cybersecurity Awareness resources for Towson University.
Every October, TU's Office of Information Security in the Office of Technology Services joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance to celebrate and promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This month long awareness program is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that every American has the security resources they need to be safe online.
Mark your calendar and RSVP for this third annual event!
This year's theme is stop.think.connect. Join OIS for industry expert presentations, a vendor zone, refreshments and giveaways - including Amazon gift cards and a pair of Ravens tickets!
Refreshments, check-in and vendor zone
Opening remarks by Dr. David Vanko, Interim Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Keynote presentation by Debora Plunkett, former Director on the National Security Council at The White House and former Director of Information Assurance, National Security Agency.
Topic: Living in a cyberworld: how cybersecurity impacts everyone’s day-to-day activities
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Presentation by Ashlee Benge, Research Engineer at Cisco Talos.
Topic: The threat landscape
Lunch break (light lunch will be provided) and vendor zone
Panel Discussion featuring Dr. Joseph Clark, Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science, and Badolato Speaker Series Program Director; Larry Letow, President and COO of LG-Tek and co-founder of the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame; Tim Byrnes, OIS Security Architect.
Vendor zone, networking, event wrap up
ATS, Auxiliary Services, The Badolato Speaker Series, The Career Center, Cisco Talos, Computer Information Sciences Department, Dell, Office of Civic Engagement/NY Times Talk Series, Office of Information Security, OTS Client Services, OTS Student Computing Services, Pepsi, Phish Labs
Please check back for updates on speakers, special guests and schedule information.
Highlights from events include:
Speaker Daniel Gray, FBI Supervisory Special Agent: The Cyber Security Insider Threat-recognizing and combating cybercrime
Presenter James Crumpler '16, NSA employee performed computer security demonstrations
TU Professor Michael O’Leary, Ph.D. & the TU Computer Science students performed a live hack
The campus is our first line of defense against insider and outsider threats. Collectively forming our shield protects the University from malicious or unlawful use of our resources by external sources. Through the Office of Information Security, faculty, staff and student workers have access to online training in the SANS Securing the Human security awareness platform to help accomplish this.
Security lingo can be confusing. SANS provides a list of common security terms with basic definitions.
Cyber criminals have developed sophisticated programs to guess your passwords. To protect yourself, it is important to create a strong password that cannot be easily hacked. Refer to TU's password guidelines when creating a Towson University NetID or other online password.