By Katherine Valadez |Staff Writer|
As students, we send a lot of our personal information to CSUSB over the Internet. The university has records of our phone numbers, e-mail and home addresses, and even our Social Security numbers.
But have you ever wondered how the university protects our valuable information from hackers?
If you have ever been concerned that your personal information will be susceptible to hacking and malware attacks, take comfort in knowing that CSUSB has taken steps to ensure this does not happen.
“Higher education continues to take the lead in developing strategies to meet the ever-increasing challenges of safeguarding information technology,” said Lorraine Frost, interim vice president and chief information officer at CSUSB.
This month CSUSB will host an information security conference where information technology personnel from all over the nation will gather to address the growing concerns of keeping confidential information protected.
This will be the tenth time the Secure IT Information Technology Conference has been held, and it’s not the first time that CSUSB has hosted. The goal of the event is to build stronger bonds and develop new collaborative efforts between California’s higher education systems.
President Dr. Albert K. Karnig will be one of the keynote speakers at this conference, which will discuss the latest topics and issues in information security. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of campus information security initiatives in the past.
Karnig will shed light on the history behind the development of the university’s campus information security program, its role on the academic programs and the designation of CSUSB as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance education.
The conference will offer a set of informational sessions for the personnel that are charged with protecting confidential material in a technological environment. Experienced information technology and security professionals will present on the latest topics and issues regarding information security.
Secure IT will also address the use of new tools and the best practices of information technology professionals in maintaining security. Those who attend the conference will learn how to provide secure access to the increasing demands of mobile device users.
“This conference not only provides information security professionals an opportunity to collaborate and share best practices, but will also highlight our partnership with academic departments and the Department of Homeland Security through our Cyberwatch West program,” said Frost.
The Secure IT conference, held in collaboration with the California Community College Chief Information Officers Association, will be held on March 18-20 in Ontario. It is open to anyone who is responsible for the security and privacy of information.