Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference focuses on protecting online data

“Keeping Secrets Safe: Protecting Your Data” is the subject of the Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference to be held Friday, March 13, in the Studio Theater, first floor of the Public Affairs Center, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The conference is hosted by UIS' Computer Science department, in conjunction with InfraGard Springfield and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance. Advance registration is required.

Janis Rose, conference chair and instructor of Computer Science at UIS, noted, “Identity theft is big business in today’s economy, and protecting business and personal data is about more than using a shredder. What information are our children posting online that increases their vulnerability? What data protection strategies can companies use to fill in gaps and improve results?”

Breakout sessions will focus on various relevant topics, including cyber bullying, identify theft, corporate data leakage, cloud computing, foreign intelligence collection, hacking and remote access.

“Participants will learn effective problem-solving techniques based on real-world applications,” said Rose. “This is a unique opportunity in Springfield. Professionals in all fields are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn what they can do to better protect corporate and personal data.”

Conference speakers will include John Bace, Vice President, Gartner’s Compliance & Risk Management Research; John Bambenek, SANS Internet Storm Center; Mike Bernico, GSEC Network Service Analyst; Adam Hansen, Manager of Security, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP; John D. Johnson, John Deere; Bob Kowalski, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Sarah Migas, High Tech Crimes Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General; Gary Monnard, St. Ambrose University; Ken Pappas, Vice President Security Strategies, Top Layer Security; and Jeff Thompson, Certified Expert Penetration Tester Central Management Services, State of Illinois.

The deadline to register is Monday, March 9. The $30 registration fee includes lunch. CISSP credit and CPDUs will be available to those who request them.

InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and leaders in business, education and government. CSSIA is the first comprehensive Information Technology Security and Data Assurance Center in the Midwest. Partial funding for this conference has been provided by the National Science Foundation ATE Program.

For more information or to register, contact Rose at 217/206-8246, or go to