October 17, 2019

Information Technology program addresses cybersecurity on campus

As a part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Office of Information Technology is hosting SIU Security Day on Wednesday. This year, the entire campus community is invited to attend. 

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Morris Library’s John C. Guyon Auditorium. No registration is required, however seating is limited to 200, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to arrive early. A light breakfast and networking precede the morning’s presentations. See the Security Day agenda for more information. 

The program is: 

  • 8:30 a.m. – Light breakfast.
  • 9 a.m. – “SIU Takes Cybersecurity Seriously.” Scott Bridges, assistant provost and chief information officer with the Office of Information Technology, will discuss the latest most devastating cybersecurity threat: ransomware.
  • 10 a.m. – Break.
  • 10:15 a.m. – “A Storm in the Cloud: Current threats and trends in cybersecurity.” Cybersecurity experts with Proofpoint, one of SIU’s top security vendors, will discuss current cybersecurity trends and threats to institutions like SIU. They will also touch on how the SIU security team, in partnership with Proofpoint and other vendors, proactively manages threats across email, cloud applications and social media channels. The latest trends are detailed in Proofpoint’s “The Human Factor 2019.” 

The Office of Information Technology is also hosting weekly workshops in addition to the Cybersecurity Day on Oct. 23. 

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 olindahubbs@siu.edu.