Information, Technology & Consulting

ITS, ISTS Wrap up Securing eCampus Conference

Yesterday ITS and ISTS (Institute for Security, Technology, and Society) wrapped up the 8th Securing the eCampus conference, which took place on the Dartmouth campus on July 15 and 16. The event drew 60 information security experts from across the country.

In her introduction speech, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Ellen Waite-Franzen noted that many of the security issues relevant in the conference’s first year still prove challenging today.

“The work you do is so important to our institutions,” she told the room full of security experts.

The conference featured professionals from a range of fields and viewpoints. Keynote speaker Nate Fick ‘99, CEO of the security firm Endgame, stressed how social norms will need to evolve in today’s security environment. Rodney Petersen, Executive Director, Research and Education Community Collaborative at EDUCAUSE discussed how the education community must collaborate and share services to maintain security. Paulina Haduong of Harvard’s Berkman Center’s Youth and Media Privacy Initiative offered insights into how pre-college students use social media and attempt to stay safe online. ITS security alum Patrick Perry, now Systems Engineer at FireEye, discussed advanced attack detection.

Other topics included lessons learned in the aftermath of natural disaster, geopolitics and the cloud, and “Keeping the Lights on and the Hackers out.”

IT Security Engineer Adam Goldstein, Chief Information Security Officer Steve Nyman, and ISTS Program Administrator Karen Page organized the conference. Goldstein: “Our goal is to bring those who may or may not be working in higher ed, but who would have a viewpoint that would be informative or provocative for those of us in higher ed and how we think of information security...I think that’s what sets us apart from other higher-ed security conferences—to bring in some folks on the periphery and to look at things from a national and global view, and how that impacts higher-ed in terms of the future and our planning.”

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