Columbus State University Hosts Cybersecurity Exercise

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- The Columbus chapter of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) hosted a cyber security simulation at Columbus State University to teach participants how to properly respond to a cyber security threat.

Presented as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the event was held Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center (Founders Room) on CSU’s main campus.

“Using real world examples, this event helped employees and individuals mitigate the risks of living in a cyber world,” said Dee Spivey, director of information security at CSU.

Similar to mystery theatre, participants acted out roles and used clues to solve a cyber crisis. The structure of the simulation helped unearth interdependencies, evaluate plans, and examine roles and responsibilities, said Spivey.

The following experts in information technology also spoke at the event:

-- Stan Gatewood, CISO, Georgia Technology Authority
-- Stephan McCamy, senior threat management consultant, Aflac Inc.
-- Tera Ladner, director of information governance, Aflac Inc.

CSU is gaining recognition as a source for cybersecurity education. In 2015, the university was designated a Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Also that year, TSYS gifted CSU $4.5 million to establish the TSYS Cybersecurity Center and Endowment to be housed in the Turner College of Business’ TSYS School of Computer Science.

For more information, contact the CSU Help Desk at 706-507-8199 or Dee Spivey at 706-507-8137.