EVENT: State of Cybersecurity Today Webcast

Register for a free webcast hosted by MS-ISAC, occurring on Wednesday, June 24th, 3:00 – 4:00pm EST:

The State of CyberSecurity Today: How Far We Have Come & Where We Are Going
Presenter: Jeff Man, Tenable Network Security

This session provides a little history based on the presenter’s 20 years of experience in internet security. It explores how far we’ve come, the new and emerging challenges we face, and why old challenges continue to haunt security operations across the public and private sectors. It will dig into why we’re plagued by persistent issues, the factors driving cyber threats and what we can do to minimize their impact. It will look at information security policies, the role of compliance, and how no amount of “silver bullet” solutions are a substitute for sound processes that help increase the effectiveness of state, local, tribal and territorial government cybersecurity practices.

Save your seat by registering today.

MIT Event: Keep IT Safe Table in W20 Lobby

On Tuesday, October 7, 9:00 to 11:00 am, IS&T is hosting the Keep IT Safe table in W20, a new initiative aimed at supporting the MIT community with their secure computing and data protection needs.

Encourage your staff, students and colleagues (and yourself) to come by and grab a free cup of coffee and a donut while perhaps taking away something you didn’t know yet about cyber security.

This event kicks off a series of events to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Learn more here.

Cyber Security Awareness Events Coming in October

It’s that time of year again!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) dedicated to the improvement of your safety when using the Internet.

Here are 3 ways you can participate:

How savvy are you with your knowledge of cyber security risks?
Discover your threat level by attending the “Keep IT Safe” table in W20. Stop by and receive free coffee and donuts.
Tuesday, October 7, 9am – 11am, W20 Lobby

Hear about Tor!
Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of The Tor Project, is coming to MIT. Tor was designed to protect government communications and is used today by many types of people for a wide variety of purposes to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.
Thursday, October 23, 12pm – 1:30pm, 37-252 (Marlar Lounge), RSVP required (email myeaton@mit.edu) to attend and receive a free lunch

Shred IT!
Are you a pack rat? Can’t seem to find the time to get rid of those old hard drives, thumb drives, CDs or digital tapes? Have mountains of old documents that might contain sensitive data but which aren’t needed anymore? Drop them off at the “Shred IT” table in the Stata Center. Paper will be shredded by Cintas, a professional document management company. Electronic media will be collected and disposed of securely with coordination by Distributed IT Resources (DITR).
Friday, October 24, 10am – 2pm, Stata Center Lobby (Building 32)

Spread the word about NCSAM and these events, and we look forward to seeing you there.

June is Internet Safety Month

June is national Internet Safety Month, thanks to the work of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity awareness and education for digital citizens. The month is used to raise awareness about cyber issues to help us all navigate the Internet safely and responsibly.

The best place to start as an adult is to take a few moments to teach a young person about better online safety so that they use good judgment and behavior all year long.

NCSA released research in November 2011 that found that less than half of the population (46%) reports that it feels safe from viruses, malware and hackers while roughly half (48%) of parents are not completely confident their kids can use the Internet safely. Both youth and adults alike can benefit from better Internet safety practices and should become more aware of potential threats.

The advice of the NCSA is to “Stop. Think. Connect.” Stop to take time to understand the risks and how to spot potential problems. Think about how your actions online could impact your safety or that of your family. Connect knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.

Learn more at StaySafeOnline.org.

Cybersecurity Discussed in White House Situation Room

The venue for a meeting last week between the President and CEOs of various companies, underlined the importance of the topic. Last Wednesday, 13 CEOs met with the President in the Situation Room for a “two-way” exchange of information. They came after testimony last Tuesday at a Senate hearing by the director of the National Security Agency and the director of National Intelligence, describing the prevalent nature of network breaches by data thieves and cyber spies.

The President sought to grab the attention of the CEOs and to put a stop to petty resistance to his recently issued executive order designed to get the federal government and private companies working more closely to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber attacks. Cyber attacks top the list of security threats facing the country, according to the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community report.

National CyberCenters Program

The National CyberCenters Program is an entry-level competition focussing on the fundamentals of cyber security and covers Networking, Operating Systems and Systems Administration, three areas that are the essential foundations of effective cybersecurity careers.

October 22 is the deadline for veterans and high school students to register for the Cyber Foundations/CyberCenters program, that includes on-line tutorials and challenges. Those who show talent will earn opportunities for acceptance in the new CyberCenters program where they will get intensive hands-on training and internships in the only fast-track to high-paying careers in cybersecurity. Fees are very low ($25) but may still be waived.

If you know any veterans and high school students who have IT talent, tell them to register at https://www.cybercenters.org/.

Applied Cyber Security Course at MIT

NEW COURSE FOR 2012 – Date: June 25-26, 2012 | Tuition: $1,800 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6

The course covers securing computers, applications, networks, digital forensics, and the ethical and legal practices affecting all computer users. The course also covers the strategies, implementation, and management of a business information continuity plan; mitigation of cyber vulnerabilities; and incident response and analysis. The content is targeted at ensuring the privacy, reliability, and integrity of information systems.

Learn more.