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August 12, 2003

Purdue offers computer security seminar for businesses

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – To help corporate leaders comply with new regulations related to computer security, Purdue University is offering a program on Aug. 28 aimed primarily at senior executives.

The seminar, "Filtering Out the Noise: Executive Decision Making and Information Security Regulations," will be from 2- 4:30 p.m. in the Intech conference room, 6325 Digital Way, in Intech Park, Indianapolis. The cost is $15.

The event, which is being organized by Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Awareness and Security (CERIAS), will feature a number of speakers from the private sector who have experience in computer security. Speakers include representatives from Indianapolis-area businesses that are co-sponsoring the seminar, including Crowe Chizek, Huntington National Bank, First Indiana Bank, infotex and Barnes & Thornburg.

Teresa Bennett, director of strategic relations for CERIAS, said the motivation for the seminar comes from recent mandates to create measures that secure personal and private information on computer networks.

"A number of new regulations related to information security have been passed recently, and it is now the responsibility of corporate leaders to ensure that their companies comply," Bennett said. "Legislation, such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley and Sarbanes-Oxley, are all aimed at protecting information and strengthening accountability, and more new laws are on the way."

For example, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is defining a set of standards the security industry has always referred to as "security best practices." To shed light on this and other executive security decisions, CERIAS and its partners have invited a panel of legal, industry, regulatory and technical experts to answer questions and address the issues.

Some questions that will be addressed at the seminar include: What are the responsibilities of corporate executives under the new regulations? How does a regulator decide how often a bank should conduct network penetration tests? How often should acceptable use policies for networks be reviewed and updated? How should businesses and organizations determine the best use of limited security resources?

CERIAS is a multidisciplinary research and education center in areas of information security. The center has leading programs in various levels of security and assurance education, including graduate, undergraduate, K-12 and professional development. Purdue University and CERIAS have program offerings at the master's and bachelor's degree levels. CERIAS also offers certification programs, workshops and seminars on a variety of topics.

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

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