* Purdue Department of Computer and Information Technology

February 27, 2007

Columbus workshop to focus on preventing workplace computer crimes

A free workshop on April 20 at the Purdue University College of Technology at Columbus will teach business executives, information technology professionals and law enforcement officials how to work together to prevent computer-related crimes in the workplace and what to do if their system has been attacked.

The workshop, titled Cooperative Computer Incident Response: Implementing Cross-Community Teams for Computer Security, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Summerville Room of the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus.

Lunch will be provided. The deadline for registration is April 13. To sign up, contact Lori Floyd at (765) 494-7841, or go online to

The sessions will be led by Tim Wedge, a computer crime specialist at the National White Collar Crime Center and a visiting faculty member in Purdue's Department of Computer and Information Technology. Wedge is at Purdue as part of a partnership formed in 2004 among Purdue, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Indiana State Police.

The National White Collar Crime Center and Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team created the workshop. It is recommended for business decision makers, information security professionals and law enforcement professionals.

Some of the issues the workshop will address include:

* Should you, and are you required to, call law enforcement if your network has been attacked?

* Which agency should you call?

* Are your workplace's current policies effective in preserving admissible evidence?

* Do your current policies allow law enforcement to effectively investigate and prosecute the crime?

Wedge will begin the workshop with a description of a typical computer system attack and the traditional responses. He then will then define the scope of the problem and outline the elements of potential solutions.

Participants also will work in teams to respond to a simulated computer-related incident. They will have the opportunity to first work in single community teams, such as law enforcement, business or information technology, then they will form cross-community teams to simulate a task force and make recommendations on how to proceed.

The workshop is sponsored by the Purdue Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), the Purdue Department of Computer and Information Technology, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Indiana State Police.

The National White Collar Crime Center, known as NW3C, is a federally funded, non-profit corporation with a membership composed primarily of state and local law enforcement agencies, state regulatory bodies with enforcement powers, and state and local prosecution offices. While NW3C has no investigative authority itself, its job is to help law enforcement agencies better understand and utilize tools to combat economic and high-tech crime.

The College of Technology at Columbus offers degrees in mechanical engineering technology, computer and information technology, industrial technology, and organizational leadership and supervision. It is one of three educational institutions located at the Columbus Learning Center. Also at the center are Ivy Tech and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. The institutions share space at the center but are governed by three separate organizational entities.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Sources: Melissa Dark, assistant dean for planning and research in the College of Technology, (765) 494-2554,

Tim Wedge, visiting faculty in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, (765) 494-2568,

Lori Floyd, administrative assistant at CERIAS, (765) 494-7841,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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