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FAU Presents Lecture Series on Behalf of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

BOCA RATON, FL (October 24, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of information resource management is hosting a series of informative lectures on behalf of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) at FAU’s Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses beginning today through Friday, October 28. 

The lectures will focus on educating students, faculty, staff and the general public about security in cyberspace for items such as mobile devices, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, as well as provide tips on how to protect personal information and data.The following presentations will take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road:                                                                      
Today’s Security Threats Uncovered

Monday, October 24, at 10 a.m.
Room OD203
Brian J. Tillett, certified information systems security professional from Symantec, will discuss the latest happenings in information technology and cyber security, as well as what is being done from both public and private sector viewpoints to fight cybercrimes as they surface.

Data Security Challenges
Tuesday, October 25, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Room OD203
Patrick Gray from CISCO will cover solutions that enable education and government agencies to use a common wireless infrastructure for all enclaves, from unclassified to top-secret, in a multilevel security architecture that meets all federal and NSA security requirements. 

Cloud Security
Tuesday, October 25, from 11 a.m. to noon
Room OD203
Eduardo Fernandez, Ph.D., FAU professor of computer electronic engineering and computer science, will discuss what “cloud computing” is, as well as the latest techniques and strategies in securing information technology resources and assets stored in the cloud.

Database Security and Encryption
Tuesday, October 25, at 2 p.m.
Room OD203
Peter Hatton from Oracle will focus on the sources and methods for data breaches and who is behind their increasing number, with a keen eye toward cost-effective preventative strategies to reduce the exposure and risks of a data breach.

How Secure Are We: Identity Management and Social Networking Threats
Wednesday, October 26, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Room OD203
Jeff Crume from IBM will discuss some of the issues involved with proving identities and protecting reputations in an increasingly interconnected world.

Securing Your System
Wednesday, October 26, at 2 p.m.
Room OD203
Gary O’Neal from Dell will discuss digital forensics solutions, mobile solutions and how to secure laptops and tablets, as well as some of the major issues and concerns associated with them.  O’Neal’s presentation also will cover new means of communication with the ever-changing mobile device offerings and cloud solutions.

Network and Wireless Security
Thursday, October 27, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Room OD203
Dan Say from Dell will discuss how keeping external threats out of a business or home begins with a well-protected security network core.  Say will provide information on how to develop a comprehensive strategy with multiple layers to help provide network protection and security.

Emerging Cybersecurity Threats and Trends
Thursday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to noon
Room OD203
Richard Armstrong from HP will talk about what the malicious cyber actors are targeting with the latest information from the HP DVLabs team and the ZDI Zero Day Initiative program.  This presentation will have graphical data collected from sensors around the world to show how the threat landscape has changed over the last few years.  Attendees will learn what motivates malicious cyber actors and what they are doing with the information they are gathering.  There will also be a live demonstration of how easy it is to read and write credit card data from the Internet to a magnetic strip writer, as well as a discussion of what the speaker believes is next on the threat horizon, and how vendors in the industry are changing to combat these new emerging threats.

Taking PDF Security to the Next Level
Thursday, October 27, from noon to 2 p.m.
Room OD203
Patrick Koster from Adobe will discuss how Adobe Reader X and Adobe Acrobat X take the security of PDF documents and data to a whole new level.  The presentation will cover how to enable better application security, thanks to cutting-edge “sandboxing” technology, as well as more granular controls, tighter integration, streamlined patching features, and improved tools for deployment and administration.

Protecting the Infrastructure from DNS Threats
Thursday, October 27, beginning at 2 p.m.
Room OD203
Gary Walderich from the company, F5, will focus on threats from the web and how to protect websites by securing XML, and the importance of having domain name system security extensions within the infrastructure to protect from DNS Cache Poisoning and other DNS attacks.

Securing Mobile Devices
Friday, October 28, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Room OD203
Bob Demmery and Ira Stern from Sprint will focus on various mobile OS devices from BlackBerry, Android, Windows and iPhones.  The presenters will also discuss securing tablets and other handheld devices with various solutions for security and disaster recovery.

Cyber Security Panel Discussion
Friday, October 28, from noon to 2 p.m.
Room OD203
The panel will discuss the latest emerging threats such as cyber bullying, social networking threats, web, identity theft, phishing and more.  Panel members will include: Tamar Dinev, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of information technology; Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., FAU associate professor of criminal justice; James Cooley, FAU information security officer; Bob Demmery and Ira Stern, Sprint representatives; and Don Kneitel, from IBM.  Questions will be taken from the audience.

How Do You Secure and Protect the Enterprise?
Friday, October 28, beginning at 2 p.m.
Room OD203
Don Kneitel from IBM will discuss how to secure and protect a company, what the key information technology risk and security issues companies need to be concerned about, and what the cyber security issues are to the infrastructure, applications, data and system.  Kneitel will also discuss predicative analytics, how to assess risks and determine exposures, and what the roadmap and the correct approach is to remediate threats. 

            The following presentations will take place on FAU’s Davie campus, 2912 College Avenue:
Social Networking Security
Monday, October 24, beginning at 2 p.m.
Room LA139
Adonis Sardinas from Dell will focus on the use of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as well as how users can leave themselves exposed with identity theft and other dangers on web 2.0 platforms.  Sardinas’ presentation will emphasize how to educate one’s self about social networking, potential threats and how to protect one’s personal information from being compromised.

Email Security, Spam and Phishing
Wednesday, October 26, from noon to 2 p.m.
Room LA139
Dan Say from Dell will discuss how to protect users from spam and the latest malware that can affect e-mail and other attacks, as well as the use of Spear Phishing and how to secure email with filters and other tools.


The following presentation will take place on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter:
Cybersecurity for Higher Education: Protection of Cyber Assets
Wednesday, October 26, from 11 a.m. to noon
Room SR200
Rodney Petersen from Educause will discuss how colleges and universities operate some of the largest and most complex computer networks in the world, as well as the issue of security versus a culture of openness and transparency.  The Higher Education Information Security Council works to improve information security and privacy programs across the higher education sector through its community members and focused partnerships with government, industry and other academic organizations. This presentation will highlight HEISC activities (past, present, and future), and will feature key initiatives, including the Higher Education Information Security Guide, designed to assist colleges and universities as they seek to secure their corner of cyberspace.


For more information, contact Larry Thomas at 561-297-3259 or


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