Columbus State Hosts Experts on Cyber Security Awareness

Stan GatewoodCOLUMBUS, Ga. —  Columbus State University is participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month during the week of Oct. 17 with a student competition, informational displays and expert guest speakers.

The programs, themed Stop … Think … Connect, are designed by CSU’s University Information and Technology Services to educate students, faculty, staff and the off-campus community about computer-related security issues.

Stan Gatewood, known as the University System of Georgia’s “Infosec Evangelist,” will give a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Davidson Student Center auditorium. He became USG’s chief information security officer in 2008 after 20-plus years of information security work for the military, AT&T, the University of Southern California and the University of Georgia.

At 11 a.m. the following day in the same venue, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Sue Dowling will share insight as the bureau’s forensic computer specialist and as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Georgia. She has worked with several statewide agencies to develop a cyber safety program, “GaCSI,” which educates students and communities about online safety.

Separately, UITS will operate an information station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at CSU’s Schwob Library main entrance. Giveaways will include T-shirts, CDs and brochures. Informational displays will include entries from a cyber security awareness poster competition involving CSU students competing for a netbook computer as first prize. The students’ entry deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. (Entry forms are available online and at the UITS Help Desk on the first floor of CSU’s Center for Commerce and Technology.)

National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been promoted by the National Cyber Security Alliance since 2004.

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