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Cybersecurity Speaker Series
October 18-29, 2021
In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Pitt IT is hosting a special series of live webinars for faculty, staff, and students. Learn about a wide variety of topics related to online crime, abuse, and safety taught by University, industry, and government experts. Attend one, attend them all—they are free and open to all.
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Schedule of Speakers
Monday, October 18 @ 12:30 p.m. - Protecting Our Democracy and Ensuring Our Elections
October 18 at 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Protecting Our Democracy and Ensuring Our Elections
Sponsored by the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security and the Institute of Politics
Presenters: Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State; David Hickton, Pitt Cyber Founding Director
Please join Pitt Cyber and the Institute of Politics for a special event featuring Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in conversation with Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton. Secretary Benson and Director Hickton will discuss state-level approaches to election security, accessibility, and preparations for the 2022 elections – and what it means for American democracy.
Tuesday, October 19 @ Noon - CISO Roundtable: Meet Pitt IT Security
October 19 at 12–1 p.m.
CISO Roundtable: Meet Pitt IT Security
Presenters: Ollie Green, Chief Information Security Officer, and Pitt IT Security's John Duska, Ibrahim Garbioglu, Trent Wissner, Scott Weinman, and Sam Short
Meet the Pitt IT Security Team and learn about their roles and responsibilities at the University, and the work they do to secure our network, systems, and services. A live and open Q&A will allow you to address any cybersecurity questions, concerns, or policy clarifications.
Wednesday, October 20 @ Noon - Cyberbullying Among Youth: What is it? How is it experienced? What do we do about it?
October 20 at 12–1 p.m.
Cyberbullying Among Youth: What is it? How is it experienced? What do we do about it?
Presenter: Candice Biernesser, PhD, Pitt Cyber Affiliate Scholar, Department of Psychiatry and School of Social Work CITECH Center
This presentation will provide an overview of the definition, prevalence, and mental health impacts of youth cyberbullying. Drawing from a qualitative study with middle school youth conducted by Pitt Cyber scholars, the presentation will shed light on students' cyberbullying experiences and perspectives toward school-based prevention programs. Additionally, practical resources will be offered for parents and school and mental health professionals on identifying and responding to cyberbullying.
Thurday, October 21 @ Noon - #FakeNews: Making Sense of Digital Media in the Era of Clickbait
October 21 at 12–1 p.m.
#FakeNews: Making Sense of Digital Media in the Era of Clickbait
Presenter: Jessica Ghilani, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, and Member of Pitt Cyber’s Disinformation Lab
Disinformation, often know colloquially as “fake news,” has been around for over a century, but the contemporary moment is unique due to the rise of digital technologies and social media. A pandemic is at once a medical crisis and a communication emergency so the stakes for information quality have never been higher. This Speaker Series presentation will provide historical context for and understanding about disinformation.
Friday, October 22 @ 10 a.m. - Building a Diverse Workforce in Cybersecurity
October 22, 2021 at 10–11 a.m.
Building a Diverse Workforce in Cybersecurity
Sponsored by the School of Computing and Information
Presenter: Bindu Sundaresan, Director, AT&T Cybersecurity
This talk will explore and demystify preconceptions of a cybersecurity career, and give tips on creating a supportive space for women in cyber. Sundaresan will discuss potential inhibitors, work-life balance, and the presence of fewer women leaders in cyber, and identify some quick wins to help nurture the path for women, including addressing the skillset shortage, building a better pipeline of female talent, and working with educational institutions to make cybersecurity development programs part of the curriculum. The seminar will also get into some areas that promote better gender diversity in cyberspace: ensuring equal pay between men and women, providing workplace flexibility, fostering a family-friendly culture, and ensuring an environment where women feel comfortable being their authentic selves.
Monday, October 25 @ Noon - Cybersecurity in the Age of IoT
October 25 at 12–1 p.m.
Cybersecurity in the Age of IoT
Presenter: Mai Abdelhakim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Along with the ever-increasing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in our critical infrastructure and everyday life, security is becoming a major concern. This talk will discuss challenges in IoT security and key security requirements, as well as shed light on the salient emerging directions and best practices for securing connected systems.
Tuesday, October 26 @ Noon - Current Threat Landscape: A Cyber & Counterintelligence Perspective
October 26 at 12–1 p.m.
Current Threat Landscape: A Cyber & Counterintelligence Perspective
Presenter: Mackenzie Monarko, Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Field Office
FBI Pittsburgh will discuss the most significant cyber threats and vulnerabilities currently facing U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, and offer best practices to prevent an incident. Information will then transition and highlight the targeting efforts by foreign adversaries and the types of personnel, information and trade secrets they aim to access to advance their economic and military postures.
Wednesday, October 27 @ 11 a.m. - 2021 CYBERSECURITY SUMMIT: Cybersecurity Crossroads
October 27 at 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
2021 CYBERSECURITY SUMMIT: Cybersecurity Crossroads
The Intersection of Information, Technology, and People
Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Nasdaq
Presenter: Multiple industry and government leaders (see site for details)
The challenges faced by the cybersecurity community today are hitting mainstream headlines. However, new approaches to information sharing, securing technologies, and human-centric cyber training can empower organizations and professionals to enable a safer, more secure world. In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, experts will delve into the current cybersecurity landscape, and discuss how looking at cybersecurity as an intersection of information, technology and people can secure its future.
Thursday, October 28 @ Noon - Cybersecurity, Password Hygiene, and LastPass
October 28 at 12–1 p.m.
Cybersecurity, Password Hygiene, and LastPass
Presenter: Alex LaPrade, LastPass
In this webinar, we will explore the pitfalls of poor password hygiene, cybersecurity incidents, and how password management improves your cybersecurity. We’ll also do a quick demo of LastPass to show how to set it up, generate and auto-fill passwords, access and manage your vault, and create shared vaults for teams who access a single account.
Friday, October 29 @ Noon - Defending University Systems Through Network Design and Security Monitoring
October 29 at 12–1 p.m.
Defending University Systems Through Network Design and Security Monitoring
Presenters: Ric Fera, Jeff Walzer, and Eric Allen, Pitt IT Security
Learn about the tools and techniques Pitt IT uses to protect University Systems. First, view a demonstration of Splunk, a service uses machine learning algorithms to collect and analyze data from various computer, system, and network logs. This data can be used to detect data abnormal activity that can indicate a security threat. Then, learn how to design a secure network. By understanding the data assets a unit is looking to protect and assigning roles to each user, internal firewalls can be implemented to restrict access to protected data.