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2007 IT security training event

As part of the national Cybersecurity Awareness Month, K-State's Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) is hosting its annual IT security training event for the K-State campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the K-State Student Union.

General sessions and breakout sessions on a variety of non-technical and technical topics are being offered 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free (that's no trick!) and lunch will be included (a definite treat!), so mark your calendars now to learn more about how to keep the ghosts and goblins out of your computer.

Many thanks to Chris Loehr and the K-State Student Union Computer Store for donating a fantastic grand prize for the lunch-time activity.

Presentations from the Oct. 31 training event

Program schedule


Time Sessions
8:00-8:30 a.m.Registration & Refreshments -- Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog, Witches Brew, and Tongue of Dog
Outside the Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union
8:30-8:45 a.m.Welcome
Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union
  • Lynn Carlin, interim vice provost for Information Technology Services
  • James Lyall, associate vice provost for Information Technology Services
8:45-9:30 a.m.General Session -- Peeling Back the Layers of an Ogre
Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union
Do you have confidential data on your computer? You may be surprised! This session will include a live demonstration and discussion of where you are still required to share your Social Security number.
9:30-9:45 a.m.Break -- Another Round of Witch’s Brew and Off Through the Woods with You
9:45-10:30 a.m.
(select one of these concurrent sessions)
Apprentice Trail (less technical) Wizard Trail (more technical)

Transmogrification  (secure remote access)
Union 213.  Josh McCune, presenter
      Risks of remote access; how to safely use Remote Desktop; other options for remote access; VPN explanation and demo; beware of Internet Cafés.

Wooden Stakes and Silver Bullets  (useful security tools)
Union 212.  Renee Gates, presenter
      Covers Spybot Search&Destroy, PasswordSafe, Eraser, etc. This session will include demonstrations of various tools to analyze and protect what is on your machines.

Cleaning Spells  (media sanitization)
Union 209.  Anthony Phillips, presenter
      Demonstration of tools and techniques for securely removing sensitive data from storage devices and media, ranging from secure erase of a hard drive to total destruction of various media.

How to Make a Garlic Necklace  (application security)
Union 207.  Jeremiah Shirk, presenter
      Hackers are now targeting applications as much if not more than operating systems. This session will cover security of commercial applications and in-house developed applications.

Unwrapping Your Mummy  (Windows forensics)
Union Big 12 Room.  Harvard Townsend, presenter
      Demonstrations of some techniques, including RestorerPro 2000 demo for recovering deleted files and file fragments.

10:30-10:45 a.m.Break -- Lost your way? Follow the breadcrumbs to your next session
10:45-11:30 a.m
(select one of these concurrent sessions)
Apprentice Trail (less technical) Wizard Trail (more technical)

Transmogrification  (secure remote access)
Union 213.  Josh McCune, presenter
      Risks of remote access; how to safely use Remote Desktop; other options for remote access; VPN explanation and demo; beware of Internet Cafés.

Choosing the Right Wand  (managing account passwords: policies and best practices)
Union Big 12 Room.  Harvard Townsend, presenter
      Explanation of K-State policies about passwords, including why we have to change the eID password two times a year; hints for choosing a memorable, strong password; how to manage the multitude of accounts and passwords we all have; best practices for protecting your passwords.

Potions for Protection  (server security)
Union 207.  Shea McGrew, presenter
      Discover all the magical ingredients available to create an exceptional protection potion. This session will go over the parts and pieces necessary to configure and maintain a secure server environment, and includes suggestions that apply to all operating systems.

Defense Against the Dark Arts  (firewalls)
Union 212.  Josh Ballard, presenter
      A comprehensive look at firewalling technology from the basics forward, as well as a discussion of what technologies we have and use here on the campus, and the challenges we face in firewalling.

Wisdom from the Oracle?  (database security)
Union 209.  Laurie Amrine, presenter
      Learn about Database Security Options available in the categories of User Management, Access Control, and Data Protection. Let's not forget about Common Sense.

11:30-11:40 a.m. Break -- The trees will lead the way! Wander over to General Session 2
11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m.General Session 2 -- Limb from Limb: Taking on the Giant
Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union
      Summary of the recent zero-day exploit of a vulnerability in Trend Micro ServerProtect that resulted in 10 Windows servers at K-State getting compromised; is an example of classic zero-day attack; example of how hackers are targeting applications now more than operating systems; is very, very difficult challenge to keep up with patches for applications in addition to the operating system; is ironic that security software (Trend Micro) was used to compromise the security of servers; 4 of the 10 servers tried to launch a distributed denial-of-service attack on trendmicro.com website; these attacks threatened confidential data; can cover the forensics that was done to analyze the attack and respond to the threat to the confidential data.
12:15-1:30 p.m.Lunch
Flint Hills Room, K-State Student Union
      Join Hansel and Gretel and find a few things to fill your belly. You may even get to participate in the premiere of a new game show!