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

BOCA RATON, FL (October 1, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is hosting a series of informative presentations by industry experts on behalf of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) through Saturday, October 29 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

The lectures will focus on educating students, faculty, staff and the general public about how to secure mobile devices, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, and personal online spaces.
Threats and Vulnerabilities
Monday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Room OD203

Dan Mathews from Dell/Secureworks will cover the mobile threatscape updates from the Counter Threat Unit (CTU), the state of mobile malware, trends and attacks. Mathews will also review specific attack or compromised examples with audience participation.


Mobile Security

Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Room OD203

Bob Demmery from Sprint will discuss how cell phone carriers have noticed an increase of customers reporting malware infected devices. Demmery’s
presentation will raise awareness and provide actionable steps to protect
personal and business information on mobile devices.


Agile Security in a Dynamic World

Wednesday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Room CM133

Jason Wright from Sourcefire will speak on the necessary speed of increased
cyber security for “BYOD” devices, new applications, and remote users while polymorphism and zero-day exploitation by new strains of malware are expected to grow significantly in 2013.


Assuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability with the NIST Risk Management Framework

Monday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Room OD203

Mike Scanlin from NetApp will discuss how cybersecurity awareness is deemed an
essential element of U.S. national strategy aimed at reducing vulnerability to
attack. Scanlin’s presentation promotes the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) by
helping organizations to understand and achieve the core tenets of
cybersecurity: confidentiality, integrity, and availability.


Understanding the Security Challenges to Cloud Computing

Wednesday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Room OD203

Chip Crane from IBM will discuss how “cloud” computing offers businesses new dynamic ways to implement their IT infrastructure, providing more cost
effective ways to serve their customers. Crane will also explain how to keep
information on the “cloud” secure by identifying challenges that face CIOs and CSOs and the steps to solving them.


The Confluence of Data Security Challenges

Wednesday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Room CM125

Patrick Gray from CISCO  will cover the cresting waves that are engulfing users and security professionals, the BYOD phenomenon and current threats and vulnerabilities around the world including the “Hacktivism” community with members such as Anonymous and LulzSec.


Dissecting Four Major Cyber Attacks of 2011

Monday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Room OD203

Rolando Panez from CheckPoint Software Technologies will offer a discussion of four major cyber-attacks that occurred in 2011: 1) “Operation Shady Rat” which attacked over 70 victims in 14 countries and was considered state-driven industrial espionage occurring over a five year span; 2) The RSA hack, which was used in two others attacks at L3 and Lockheed Martin; 3) The HB Gary attack made by the online activist group Anonymous; and 4) The Sony breach which is considered the fourth largest attack ever in terms of records lost.


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


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