Computer Security Awareness Day

Irwin Gaines gives a talk at a recent Computer Security Awareness Day. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Tomorrow, Nov. 6, is Fermilab’s annual Computer Security Awareness Day. This day combines classroom presentations of all the ITNA required security and privacy classes as well as specialized presentations about security topics of current interest.

The morning will be devoted to the required ITNA classes. Three computer security classes will take place in WH One West:

  • 9 a.m.: Basic Computer Security
  • 10 a.m.: Security Essentials for Desktop System Administrators
  • 11:05 a.m.: Security Essentials for Fermilab System Administrators

All laboratory computer users must take one of these courses every two or three years. This is an opportunity to fulfill the requirement without having to pass a diabolical online quiz. Note that attending a more advanced course will satisfy an ITNA requirement for one of the more basic courses.

The two privacy classes will be taught in WH One North:

  • 9 a.m.: Advanced Protecting Personally Identifiable Information
  • 10 a.m.: Protecting Personally Identifiable Information at Fermilab (Basic PII)

All laboratory users must take the Basic PII class once but do not need to retake it if they have already fulfilled this requirement. Note that the Advanced PII class (unlike the other ITNA classes) is not offered online, so laboratory users who need to deal with privacy information and who have not previously fulfilled this requirement should attend.

Finally, the afternoon will offer a selection of specialized topics in WH Curia II:

  • 1 p.m.: FY12 Incident Response Recap. This talk will discuss recent security incidents at Fermilab and elsewhere on the Internet and answer questions about lab incident response procedures.
  • 2 p.m.: DOE Grids to OSG-PKI Transition. If you have or ever wanted to have a DOE Grids certificate, this talk will explain what to do now that DOE Grids is ceasing to issue certificates.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Web Content Publishing. This talk will provide an overview of upgraded procedures and policies to ensure all Web content on Fermilab websites belongs there.
  • 3 p.m.: Mobile Computing Security. This talk will discuss issues relating to security for tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices.
  • 3:30 p.m.: IPV6 Security. This talk will discuss issues relating to the Internet’s migration to the new IPV6 networking protocols and how this may affect you.

Pre-registration is NOT required for any of the classes. There will be sign-up sheets available at the morning ITNA classes so you can receive credit.

Irwin Gaines