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April 27, 2012

'Traveling Safely' Seminar May 4

Submitted by Harvard Townsend

Summertime makes Manhattan seem like a ghost town as K-State students, faculty and staff hit the roads and airways for distant lands. The potential rewards of personal and professional travel are great, but so are the security risks. Join us for the IT security roundtable on "Traveling Safely" from 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 4 in 501 Hale.

This seminar will provide tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft, financial fraud and other threats related to information and technology while traveling for business or pleasure.

Topics discussed include:

  • What and where are the travel risks?
  • Using Internet cafes safely (is that possible?!)
  • Using wireless/WiFi “hot spots” safely (with K-State's new SSL-based VPN service)
  • Protecting your eID and other passwords
  • Protecting your personal and financial information
  • Risks of ATM machines (ATM “skimmers” are a growing threat)
  • Airport risks
  • Laptop security
  • Things to do before you leave (like backing up your files and not announcing your absence in Facebook)

This seminar will be presented by Harvard Townsend, K-State's chief information security officer. It is sponsored by SIRT and open to anyone.