Purdue Today

August 31, 2009

Information technology to mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month with sessions

Purdue's Information Technology Networks and Security unit will host events as part of the fourth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. This year's events will focus on handling data securely.

Sessions will be held 9-11 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 30 in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.

Session topics are:

* Oct. 7: Mission One: "This mission, should you choose to accept ..."

Data classification and handling basics. This session will offer an overview of how we classify data at the University, and what are our data handling requirements. We will discuss how information security policies at the University tie into data classification and handling and how all these concepts work together to keep data secure.

* Oct. 14: Mission Two: "This message will self-destruct."

If only destruction of Purdue data were that easy! This session discusses the University's data handling requirements for the destruction of data based upon its classification. The presentation will also discuss other media disposal issues.

* Oct. 21: Mission Three: "The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions."

We don't operate in a vacuum with respect to information security issues, and we cannot turn our heads when things go wrong. This session will include discussion of cyber behaviors that put end users and their data at risk and how to take steps to secure your data while online. We also will discuss the Purdue incident response procedure and the steps that the University takes in the event that we experience what might be a data breach.

* Oct. 30: Mission Four: Protecting Data is Not an Impossible Mission. (Also, Annual Security Halloween Costume Contest.)

This will be a recap of the month's events, focusing on resources that are available to Purdue faculty and staff to help them protect Purdue's data as well as their own data and intellectual property. It takes everyone.

Visit www.purdue.edu/securepurdue/training for event updates.