Computer Security Awareness Day takes place tomorrow

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

The most important component of our computer security defenses is an informed and aware user community. To strengthen this defense, Fermilab holds an annual Computer Security Awareness Day, in which training is provided to the user community. This year’s event will take place tomorrow, Nov. 12, in Wilson Hall.

There will be two categories of presentations. First, all of the ITNA-required cybersecurity and privacy courses will be offered as lecture classes in the morning, allowing employees, visitors and contractors to meet their training requirements without having to take an online test. Users can register for these classes in advance or show up tomorrow morning and sign in. Advanced and Basic PII (Personally Identifiable Information) Training will be given at 9 and 10 a.m. in WH One East. Basic Computer Security, Security Essentials for Desktop System Admins and Security Essentials for Fermilab System Admins will be given at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in WH Curia II. Note that the PII classes only need to be taken once, but the cybersecurity classes must be retaken, either in person or online, every two years.

In the afternoon, a series of topical presentations on security-related issues of current import will be given in Curia II. The talks will include discussions of two new Fermilab services: the guest wireless network and the managed print service. Experts will give tutorials for security on mobile devices and for home networks, a general presentation on the current state of Internet threats, and a talk on how to make sure your experiment’s data acquisition system doesn’t get blocked from connecting to the Internet.

Finally, representatives from Dell and the Service Desk will be available at the IT Doctor’s Booth to show how to use the self-service password reset service.

View full details on CSA Day.

Irwin Gaines