12 October, 2011

CWRU Branded version of Qualys Browser Check

A customized version of the Qualys Browser Check is available to CWRU users.  The free utility from Qualys examines the user's browser updates, settings, and in particular browser plug-ins.

University users can access the URL for the utility (login required) at this internal site.  It is recommended that all browsers running on the user's computer be checked.

The results are aggregated for all University users (no individual tracking is involved) to help us assess the state of browser security at CWRU.

03 October, 2011

Cyber Security Awareness Month Schedule of Events

This October, CWRU is hosting a number of security training and education events and lectures intended to stimulate and enlighten the campus community on matters of information security.  The schedule actually begins in September, and approximately one event per week is scheduled.

September 27, 2011
Information session on the NetWars program by the SANS Institute.  The NetWars program is the college and graduate level program of the United States Cyber Challenge (pdf), with the intent of developing talent in information security nationwide.  The intended audience is for students and graduate students, but faculty and staff are also welcome.

When:  2:00-3:00 PM
Where:  Sears 221 (knock to enter!)

This presentation is also available via webcast (SANS account needed), but attendees can also meet us in Sears 221 for a group presentation.

Week of October 3, 2011
The Information Security Office announces the availability of new online security awareness training: SANS Securing The Human.  See the enrollment form for Faculty.

October 6, 2011
UCITE Presentation to Faculty.

When: 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Library
Note: RSVP required via UCITE website

October 11, 2011
FBI Counter-intelligence briefing for researchers, faculty, and anybody who needs to protect intellectual property.  Two agents from the Cleveland FBI division will give a presentation of the threat landscape to technology research, both from a human and network/cyber perspective.

When: 2:00-3:00 PM
Where: Nord 310

October 12, 2011
ITSPAC Meeting Presentation on Information Security
  • Top 10 Creepy Security Issues That Should Keep You Up At Night
When: 09:00-10:30 AM
Where: Adelbert Toepfer Room

October 13, 2011
FISCIT Meeting presentation
Invitation to Faculty to participate in security awareness training.

October 19-21, 2011
EDUCAUSE 2011 Conference- Online 
A full schedule of the EDUCAUSE conference in Philadelphia will be presented by the Information Security Office, and is open and free to all who may wish to attend.  Security presentations will be given priority in the schedule, but many other interesting topics in IT in higher education are available.  

When: 08:00 AM to 5:00 PM (October 19 & 20)
08:00 to 12:00 PM (October 21)
Where: Sears 221

See the full schedule here: EDUCAUSE 2011 Online


October 25, 2011
"Social Networks: 5 Threats and 5 Ways to Use them Safely"  A presentation by SecureState, LLC, a Cleveland-based security consulting firm, targeted to university users of social networking systems.

When: 2:00-3:00 PM
Where: Nord 310