Experts Gather to Discuss IT Security Issues

CSUs second annual Security Awareness Week observance is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-3.

Not just for IT specialists and computer science students, the event targets all faculty, staff and students and is open to the general public. A 12:30 p.m. keynote presentation in the Davidson auditorium by Stan Gatewood, one of the countrys leading information security experts, will highlight the event. A panel of local experts will follow Gatewood, from approximately 1:45-4 p.m., and address topics such as ID theft, cyber-sex crimes and wireless security.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for attendees, in Davidson 256. And, during the course of the day (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) the Columbus Consolidated Governments Incident Command Vehicle, parked between the Center for Commerce and Technology and Fine Arts Hall, will demonstrate the primary, mobile command center in case of a citywide emergency.

Additionally, CSU students will showcase their information security expertise and video production skills in a competition in which entries can be viewed and voted upon. Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to screen and vote on the entries from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 in a tent at the Clock Tower. The tent will also feature giveaways including CDs loaded with easy to use security tools. The video competition winner will be announced Nov. 3. For more information, visit or call 569-3150.

Keynote Presentation By Nationally Leading Expert
Stan Gatewood, the University of Georgias chief information security officer, will deliver the keynote presentation for Security Awareness Week, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Davidson auditorium.

Gatewood, is regarded as one of the United States leading experts on information security, infrastructure protection and electronic privacy, and is often referred to as the InfoSec Evangelist. According to Federal Times Magazine, he possesses extraordinary mixture of charm, intellectual tenacity, and no-nonsense leadership capabilities.

Gatewood was named one of the information security industrys Top 25 Security Profes-sionals in 1999 and Georgias Information Security Executive of the Year finalist for 2004. He also was nominated for the 2004 National Information Security Executive of the Year Award.

Gatewood balances his time between securing UGAs information and information systems, writing, lecturing, building industry partnerships, national security, information security awareness programs and mentoring. He also serves as the UGA HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security regulations officer.