Weekly events highlight Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Infected laptopOctober is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) will celebrate with several events designed to inform and engage the University community.

Awareness Month begins with a kickoff event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing.

Events will culminate with OIT’s first annual Technology Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the lower level of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Representatives from Apple, Dell, Verizon and other vendors will be on hand.

The fair will also include brief sessions on security, software and applications such as Locker and Office, as well as a Blackboard Help Desk and a Cell Phone First Aid table. The festivities include table giveaways and a drawing for a USB hub.

In addition, OIT will host weekly brown-bag sessions on issues such as malware, desktop security and identify theft. The complete schedule:

  • Oct. 2: Identity Theft
    Noon-1 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum
  • Oct. 8: Yours, Mine, and Ours – Protecting Personal Information
    Noon-1 p.m., HR Training Room, 208 Expressway Tower, East Campus
  • Oct. 16: Passwords Are Like Underwear
    Noon-1 p.m., 112 Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building
  • Oct. 23: Phishing, Spyware, and Worms, Oh My!
    Noon-1 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum
  • Oct. 30: Desktop Security
    Noon-1 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum (during the Tech Fair)

Visit the Office of Information Technology online
Learn about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
More about malware from Wikipedia

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