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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.
Webinar Recording and Handouts
All of the webinars have now passed. Many of them were recorded and/or handouts and slides were made available. Click on each title to see recordings of the webinars or handouts/slides.
Wednesday, October 20 @ Noon - Cyberbullying Among Youth: What is it? How is it experienced? What do we do about it?
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.
Thursday, October 21 @ Noon - #FakeNews: Making Sense of Digital Media in the Era of Clickbait
#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.
Monday, October 25 @ Noon - Cybersecurity in the Age of IoT
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
Current Threat Landscape: A Cyber & Counterintelligence Perspective
Presenter: Mackenzie Monarko and Dale Carlson, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Field Office
- Cyber Investigation Prep: Overview to FBI Cyber Investigations (General Audience)
- Cyber Investigation Prep: Key Considerations (for Trusted Partners or General Audience)
- Cyber Investigation Prep: Investigative Response Checklist (for Trusted Partners)
- Black Matter Ransomware
- Military-Civil Fusion and the People's Republic of China
- Protecting Intellectual Property
- Ransomware Awareness for Holidays and Weekends
- Spotting Insider Threats
- Think Before You Link
- Updated Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments (9/21/21)
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.
Thursday, October 28 @ Noon - Cybersecurity, Password Hygiene, and LastPass
Cybersecurity, Password Hygiene, and LastPass
Presenter: Alex LaPrade, Customer Success Manager, LogMeIn - 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
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.
Other Seminars - No Recording or Handouts Available
The following seminars were also held. Webinar recordings or handouts are not available at this time for these presentations.
- October 18 – Protecting Our Democracy and Ensuring Our Elections
Sponsored by the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security and the Institute of Politics
Presenter: Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State; David Hickton, Pitt Cyber Founding Director
- October 19 – CISO Roundtable – Meet Pitt IT Security
Presenter: Ollie Green, Chief Information Security Officer and other member of the Pitt IT Security Team
- October 22, 2021 – Building a Diverse Workforce in Cybersecurity
Sponsored by the School of Computing and Information
Presenter: Bindu Sundaresan, Director, AT&T Cybersecurity
- October 27 – 2021 Cybersecurity Summit
Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Nasdaq