September 26, 2019

Information technology to host cybersecurity events next month

As a part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, the Office of Information Technology will host Security Day and weekly workshops to provide cybersecurity information and safety tips.

All of these events and presentations are free and open to faculty, staff and students.

SIU Security Day Oct. 23

Oct. 23 is SIU Security Day on campus, with presentations set from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Morris Library’s John G. Guyon Auditorium. Seating is limited to 200, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early. No registration is required.

Scott Bridges, assistant provost and chief information officer with the Office of Information Technology, will discuss the latest, most devastating cybersecurity threat: ransomware.

One of SIU’s top security vendors, Proofpoint will present “The Human Factor: Today’s biggest cybersecurity risk!” The Proofpoint team will also discuss cybersecurity schemes and how to combat attacks across email, cloud applications and social media channels.

The latest trends are detailed in Proofpoint’s “The Human Factor 2018: People-Centered Threats Define the Landscape.”

Cybersecurity Day Oct. 26

In addition to the training programs, the university’s Security Dawgs will host Cybersecurity Day on Oct. 26.

The program will focus on the university and local students and is open to the entire community. Pre-registration is required. Contact for more information.

Weekly training sessions begin Oct. 3

The weekly training sessions begin Oct. 3 in Morris Library Room 752. Each of the sessions are from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., except the Oct. 31 session, which is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and preregistration is requested.

The training sessions are:

• Oct. 3 – “Is it Real or is it Fake? How to evaluate information in the Information Age” with Jennifer Horton, an associate professor of practice and science librarian with Morris Library. The session will provide tips to help identify fake or misleading news or information and to read beyond headlines and content to distinguish fact from fiction.
• Oct. 10 – “Adopting OneDrive for Business: Increase data control, security and accessibility” with Wil Clark, technology services director, Office of Information Technology. Learn how OneDrive for Business improves the control, security and accessibility of your work files.
• Oct. 17 – “Robocalls: From sales nuisance to security risk” with Olinda Hubbs, associate director, client relations and communications, Office of Information Technology. Learn how to identify and handle both nuisance and malicious calls received on campus and on your personal devices.
• Oct. 24 – “Whaling, phishing, SMiShing, and Vishing…Oh My!” with Jeff Squibb, Information Technology. Know what to look for and learn how to protect university assets and yourself from these cybersecurity predators.
• Oct. 31 - “The Dark Web–It’s a Very Spooky Place” with Justin Emery, Department of Public Safety and Steve Aldridge, Office of Information Technology. Learn what the “Dark Web” is, who uses it, why it exists and the associated dangers.

For more information on the weekly training sessions and to register for the workshops, contact Olinda Hubbs, associate director, client relations and communications with the Office of Information Technology at