U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Local Cyber Security Experts to Present at Cyber Citizen Forum in Saint Paul on Sept. 9
Forum addresses Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect campaign promoting online security and safety for high school and college students
Saint Paul, Minn. (Aug. 29, 2011) -- The Metropolitan State University Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CEIAE), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Advance IT Minnesota and Saint Paul College will host a cyber security awareness forum focusing on online safety and security on Friday, Sept. 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Saint Paul College (235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul). The event is open to the public and will be recorded for public viewing in late September via Advance IT Minnesota’s website, www.advanceitmn.org.
As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect. national cyber security awareness campaign, the cyber security awareness forum promotes online safety and security to young people through an engaging, interactive session with a U.S Department of Homeland Security representative and a panel of local security experts who are well-versed in social media and working with young people. Four cyber security areas will be highlighted:
“The cyber security awareness forum helps young people consider who can see the information they post online and why they are sharing that information so they can interact safely online with friends and family,” said Bruce Lindberg, executive director of Advance IT Minnesota , headquartered at Metropolitan State University. “The forum also will bring together an audience of security leaders and professionals from the public and private sector to help formulate plans for a state-wide Cyber Security Month campaign in October, which will include a recorded version of the forum as part of the online core content for teachers and other youth-serving leaders.”
The Sept. 9 panel will be moderated by Scott Libin, a consultant and project manager at Internet Broadcasting and former news director at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV. Cyber Citizen Forum panelists will include:
• Tim Fraser - Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect campaign. Fraser will lead the presentation.
• Christophe Veltsos - Faculty member in the Department of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato; president of PrudentSecurity LLC, an information security and privacy consulting company; Chief Blogging Officer at DrInfoSec.com and past president of the Mankato Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.
• Nancy Lyons - President and CEO of Clockwork Active Media Systems, Geek Girls Guide co-founder and a popular speaker and instructor specializing in making technology accessible for non-technical audiences.
Security leaders and professionals in the audience will include MnSCU faculty and administrators, Minnesota Department of Education staff, Minnesota Department of Homeland Security staff, Cyber Consortium business leaders, InfraGard members and Secure360 community members.
“Metropolitan State University is one of five universities and colleges in Minnesota and just over 100 nationally to be certified by the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education,” said Sue Hammersmith, Metropolitan State University president. “We have a vital IT program that also offers some unique majors such as computer forensics, and we are proud to support Homeland Security’s efforts to promote Internet safety for young people.”
For more information on the cyber security awareness forum, visit www.advanceitmn.org.
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