September 27, 2018

Information technology to host cybersecurity events

As a part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, the Office of Information Technology is hosting several workshops to provide cybersecurity information and safety tips.

October 10 is SIU Cybersecurity Day on campus, with events set from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Morris Library’s John G. Guyon Auditorium. Frank Myers, a business value consultant with Splunk will present “What is the Real Cost of a Cyber Security Breach?” at 10:30 a.m.

All of the events, including the weekly training sessions, are free and open to faculty, staff and students.

The weekly training sessions begin Oct. 4 in Morris Library Room 140, the computer lab next to Guyon Auditorium. The sessions are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The training sessions are:

• Oct. 4 – “Defending Against Cyber Threats That Change Every Day” with Richard Smith. The session will address the current threats to cybersecurity and provide remedies to keep you, your work and home safe from cyber intruders.

• Oct. 11 – “Don’t be outsmarted by your Smart Phone” with Abby Razer, SalukiTech Call Center manager and Melissa Pierce, SalukiTech Desktop Support. Participants can bring their Smartphones to learn steps to avoid phishing and other phone scams, along with learning ways to keep your identity safe when using social media.

• Oct. 18 – “Lets go on a Phishing Trip-This is not your usual fishing trip!” Learn what lurks in the virtual depths and how to protect yourself. Participants will download and set up a free LastPass account to keep all passwords safe and secure.

• Oct. 25 – “What you should know about sensitive data and keeping it safe!” with Steve Aldridge, security operations specialist, SIU Carbondale Office of Information Technology. This hands-on session provides information on tools the university provides to locate, secure and send sensitive data in the course of your daily work.

For more information on the weekly training sessions or to register for the workshops or the Oct. 10 Security Day event, contact Olinda Hubbs, education coordinator with the Office of Information Technology at