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Science on Tap lecture to focus on Cybersecurity


Monday, September 29, 2014 John Burris
by: Rene Abadie

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's next Science on Tap seminar scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 7, will focus the individual's responsibility in maintaining their personal online security.

The informal presentation by Southeastern Assistant Professor of Computer Science John Burris – titled "Cybersecurity Beyond the IT Department" -- will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.

"Cybersecurity isn't just for the information technology professionals who hang out in server rooms," said Burris, "It's what protects each of our personal finances, communication and private information. What keeps us protected is based on some simple scientific and mathematical principles."

"The effectiveness of the protection often relies on us, the end users," he added. "The better we understand the principles of cybersecurity, the better we can protect ourselves."

Among the elements that contribute to better online security, he said, are the strength of passwords used, two-factor authentication, proper use of the "cloud" and responsible technology usage.

The Science on Tap lecture series is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences. For more information on future presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 985-549-3740.

 




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