George Washington University Gears Up for Cyber Security Month

Division of Information Technology schedules events throughout October.

Department of Information Technology schedules events throughout October.
September 30, 2015

The George Washington University Division of Information Technology (IT) will stage a series of events during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October with a goal of promoting community awareness of cyber security issues in an increasingly connected world.

The series will begin Oct. 5 with a presentation and simultaneous webinar, “Ten Tips to Keep Your Computer and Data Secure,” by Brian Markham, director of compliance and risk services in IT. On Oct. 7, passersby in the Science and Engineering Hall Lobby will be able to see a live demo of password cracking through a “dictionary attack,” which is a method of hacking into a password-protected system by methodically entering every word in a dictionary as an attempted password. Mr. Markham will present another webinar, “2015: The Year So Far in Cyber Security,” on Oct. 15.

The highlight event will take place Oct. 20 with speaker Lisa Foreman-Jiggetts, founder and chief executive officer of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, a nonprofit empowering women to work in the field of cyber security.

The Division of IT has been observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month since 2011. More information and a full schedule are available on its website