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April 2, 2003

Symposium confronts information security issues

Purdue’s fourth annual Information Security Symposium will offer an opportunity for journalists to explore current concerns about cybersecurity and data protection. The symposium will be April 8-9 at the Purdue Memorial Union and Stewart Center on the West Lafayette campus.

Keynote speakers include Howard Schmidt, a special adviser to President Bush on cybersecurity; Carl Landwehr, a program director for the National Science Foundation; and Lance Hoffman, a computer science professor at The George Washington University. In addition to the speakers, the symposium will feature a variety of demonstrations, presentations and panel discussions.

Information security is perhaps one of the most important issues society will face as increasing quantities of sensitive information is stored electronically, putting individuals, corporations and governments at risk. Among the questions to be discussed at the symposium are: Will wearable, trackable computers lead to a Big Brother society? How can computing and communications enterprises be protected from the threat of cyber-attack? How can individuals make a difference in shaping the future of computer security, and who is doing this already?

The symposium is sponsored by Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the web site.

CONTACT: Teresa Bennett, (765) 494-7806,