You are invited to join the UITS Office of Cyber Security in celebrating eleven years of cyber security awareness at KSU. KSU’s Cyber Security Awareness Day answers the call of the National Cyber Security Alliance to raise awareness and encourages students, staff, faculty, and the community to protect their computers and themselves from an evolving cyber-threat landscape. This year’s event will include industry experts from sectors including corporate, education, and law enforcement.

KSU’s participation in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) started in 2009. Tens of thousands of NCSAM participants in the United States are participating by posting tips to stay safe and secure on social networks, educating customers and employees, holding events, and more. You can make a difference in the global cyber security atmosphere by remembering to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. By taking some simple security precautions and understanding the consequences of your online behavior, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the benefits of the Internet.


Cyber Security Digital Badge

cybersecure badgeShow your friends and colleagues your "cyber-prowess!" You can earn digital badges to be awarded based upon completing cyber-security-related activities. Each activity is associated with increasing awareness of cyber security threats. Each badge level will reinforce your critical role as a user in the security of institutional information and systems. Each badge expires annually.


Cyber Security Smart Cookie Award

In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, UITS is proud to announce the launch of the Cyber Security Smart Cookie Award. The award is a small token of appreciation for those individuals who have contributed to the cyber security of Kennesaw State University through their proactive action, ultimately assisting UITS in the detection and management of risks.

And, for the month of October, the Department with the highest percentage of cyber security smart cookie award winners will be awarded a Great American Cookie on October 31st!


October 23, 2019—Marietta Campus

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Marietta Campus, Wilson Student Center, Room A216
What: Cyber Security Afternoon at Marietta Campus

Please join UITS and KSU Alumni, Nick Travis (Systems Engineer with Palo Alto Networks), for an engaging afternoon on the Marietta campus discussing cyber security attacks and defense. The presentations will be followed by a hands-on tech village in which attendees will be able to try their hand at lockpicking and see firsthand the tools and methods of modern network attack and defense.

  • Nick TravisNick Travis (Systems Engineer with Palo Alto Networks)
    "How Modern Ransomware Cripples Networks"

    We will discuss the lifecycle of an attack and reveal how modern malware can gain a foothold into a network using automation and then spread to the entire network. We will then review how automation and programming can be used to stop these threats.

  • Lockpick Village
    While UITS does not condone or endorse the picking of a lock for which you are not authorized, lockpicking provides valuable insight as to the mechanics of locks and the security they provide. In this tech village, participants will be given the opportunity to learn about the components of a traditional pin and tumbler lock and how those components interact with keys to release the locking mechanism. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to learn how these components can be manipulated using lock picks to release the locking mechanism and how lock manufacturers have designed locks with additional safeguards to protect against this type of manipulation.

    Hacking Tools and Enterprise Defenses
    Join us and participate in a hands on demonstration on how vulnerable systems can be exploited by the bad guys. Think like an attacker and learn how enterprise environments like KSU leverage devices from Palo Alto Networks to help thwart attacks and keep systems up and your information secure.

October 1, 2019—Kennesaw Campus

The October 1, 2019 Cyber Security Day sessions will be held in the University Rooms located in the Carmichael Student Center on the Kennesaw Campus.

Visitor Parking is adjacent to the Student Center. More parking information can be found here.

  • Lockpick Village
    While UITS does not condone or endorse the picking of a lock for which you are not authorized, lockpicking provides valuable insight as to the mechanics of locks and the security they provide. In this tech village, participants will be given the opportunity to learn about the components of a traditional pin and tumbler lock and how those components interact with keys to release the locking mechanism. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to learn how these components can be manipulated using lock picks to release the locking mechanism and how lock manufacturers have designed locks with additional safeguards to protect against this type of manipulation. This will be an educational, hands-on village, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Raspberry Pi Village
    See a demo of “RasPi” computers and their application in the field of Cyber Security.

    Penetration Test Tool Village
    Participants will see a live demonstration of the “tools of the trade” used by Cyber Security professionals. Watch as we scan for vulnerabilities, map a network, and exploit those vulnerabilities on live systems.

  • Dr. Jeff DelaneyDr. Jeff Delaney
    Welcome from UITS

    Dr. Jeff Delaney serves as the Chief Information Officer for Kennesaw State University. He also served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the University System of Georgia.

    Delaney has more than two decades of experience in technology leadership for higher education, including positions as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and as Savannah State University’s Chief Information Officer.

    He holds an Ed.D. in Executive Management in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Information Systems Management from Georgia College & State University, and he received his B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland.

  • Graeme PayneGraeme Payne
    “Ten Lessons I Have Learned About Cyber Security over the last 30 Years”

    Graeme Payne is a consultant, speaker, and coach. He works with boards and senior executives to help them understand and manage cybersecurity and IT risks. Graeme has over 30 years of experience in consulting and IT management in financial services, insurance, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and utility industries.

    During the Equifax 2017 Data Breach (which exposed the sensitive information of over 140 million US consumers), he was Senior Vice President and CIO of Global Corporate Platforms. He was fired the day before the former Chairman and CEO of Equifax testified to Congress that the root cause of the data breach was a human error and technological failure. Graeme would later be identified as “the human error”.

    Graeme is the author of The New Era of Cyber Security Breaches: A Case Study and Lessons Learned (published August 2019). His book describes the new era of cyber security breaches, the challenges of managing cyber security, and the story of the Equifax Cyber Security Breach. The New Era of Cyber Security Breaches will help board members, executives, managers and security leaders apply the lessons learned from the Equifax breach and other large data breaches to “test and improve” their company’s cyber security posture.

    Prior to joining Equifax in 2011, Graeme was a Principal at Ernst & Young and Global Leader of Governance, Risk & Compliance at Wipro Consulting. Over his 30 year career, he has consulted with hundreds of companies on cyber security and IT risk programs. Graeme started his career as an accountant and holds many security and IT risk certifications. He grew up and worked in New Zealand before moving to the United States in 1995.

  • Andrew GreenAndrew Green
    “Automated License Plate Readers, Security and Privacy – Where are we now?”

    Andrew Green is a Lecturer of Information Security and Assurance in the Information Systems Department, located in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw Georgia. Andy currently serves as the program coordinator for the Information Security and Assurance undergraduate degree program, as well as the faculty advisor for the award-winning student-led KSU Offensive Security Research Club.

    Green has almost two decades of experience in information security. Prior to entering academia full-time, Andy worked as an information security consultant, focusing primarily on the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Prior to that, Green worked in the healthcare IT field, where he developed and supported transcription interfaces for medical facilities throughout the United States.

    Green is also pursuing his Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University, where he is studying information systems with a concentration in information security. Green is also a co-author on a number of academic textbooks on various information security-related topics, published by Course Technology. Andy has also been interviewed by local and national print and TV media outlets, for his thoughts about security-related topics and concerns.

  • Special Agent Tyson Fowler
    Federal Bureau of Investigations
    "Will cover current Cyber threats and trends with an emphasis on ransomware"

  • 11:45-12:45 - Lunch (On your own)
  • Dr. Michael WhitmanDr. Michael Whitman
    “Cybersecurity Education at KSU and the Institute for Cyber Security Workforce Development”

    Dr. Whitman brings more than 20 years of experience teaching information security courses. A distinguished researcher and author, Whitman has written 10 widely used textbooks and published information systems research in top academic journals. He also is the executive director of the Center for Information Security Education (CISE), which supports cyber security education initiatives across the region. Whitman earned a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business and previously served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the 2nd Armored Cavalry with duties as an automated data processing system security officer.

  • KSU Office of Cyber Security Staff
    “Cyber Security Tips: Why Should You Care?”

  • Dr. Lei LiDr. Lei Li
    “Social Media Security & Data Analytics”

    Lei Li is a Professor, Director of MSIT program, and Assistant Chair of Department of Information Technology in the College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. His current research interests include social media data analytics, information security, web information management and IT education. His research has appeared in the IEEE Access, Journal of Systems and Software, Journal of Information Systems Education, Journal of Universal Computer Science, Journal of Management Information and Decision Science, and various IEEE and ACM conferences.

  • Dr. Todd WatsonDr. Todd Watson
    “The Enterprise Threat Landscape”

    Dr. Todd Watson is the Information Security Officer for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the governing and management authority for Georgia public higher education institutions, the Georgia State Archives, and the Georgia Public Library System. He is a key leader in the system-wide cyber security program and directs the USG Enterprise Cyber Security Operations Center.

    In his career spanning nearly 40 years, he has aligned cyber security and technology to business strategy at Hitachi, ADP, TCA Communications, the U.S. EPA, and as president of Computer Engineering Associates. He co-developed a trusted-design, high-reliability computer memory integrated circuit at Hitachi and later developed several cryptographic systems, one of which was in continuous use for more than twenty years safeguarding satellite communications. Dr. Watson also serves as an adjunct professor of cyber security, technology policy, and public management.

    He holds a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration, a Master of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and several industry and government cyber security certifications.

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