October 13, 2008 — Karen McDowell, a security specialist in the IT Security and Policy Department at the University of Virginia, wants you to know how to fend off cyber attacks and keep sensitive information private — the University's as well as your own.
The University enacted a policy earlier this year that strictly defines sensitive data and how to keep it safe, she said. New software programs that scan for sensitive data and permanently delete – or "shred" — unwanted data are available.
As part of Cyber Security Month, McDowell will speak to faculty and staff Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room on the topic. "Threats to the security and privacy of electronic data are a serious problem" worldwide, she said.
McDowell said this first presentation was scheduled purposely on a Reading Day to give faculty and staff more opportunity to attend.
Topics to be covered are:
• Specific responsibilities faculty and staff have for protecting highly sensitive University data and available tools for fulfilling those responsibilities
• Threats to office and home computers, and to University and personal data
• Simple steps that guard against these threats.
Registration is not required. Light lunch and a door prize for participants will be provided. The presentation will be repeated on Oct. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m., also in Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room.