RIT hosts Cyber Security 101 and 102 workshops Jan. 15-17 and 23-24

Training programs to teach professionals the essentials of cyber security

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Protecting your assets on the computer has become just as important as securing them in the physical world.

Professionals and businesses seeking to protect their digital assets can learn the basic cyber security defensive and offensive techniques at the upcoming Cyber Security 101 and 102 workshops at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cyber Security 101, a three-day session designed for individuals who use a computer daily but have not necessarily had computing security related training, will take place Jan. 15–17. Cyber Security 102, a more advanced two-day session that requires either Cyber Security 101 or equivalent knowledge, will take place Jan. 23–24. The sessions are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The goal is to promote awareness of the cyber security issues we are facing today and educate those who may encounter cyber security challenges firsthand in their daily lives or work,” said Bo Yuan, an associate professor of computing security. “As the digital and physical worlds converge into this constantly connected environment, cyber security becomes one of the most important issues of national interest.”

Participants will learn how to protect themselves online, how bad guys conduct cyber-attacks and how good guys discover, avert and protect against attackers.

The training program is designed for, but not limited to, professionals responsible for securing sensitive information; law enforcement personals who may encounter cases that involve online criminal acts; employees of critical infrastructures of national interests, such as nuclear power plants or utility companies who may encounter cyber-attacks on duty; and anyone interested in cyber security attacks and defenses in general.

Program fees are $1,200 for Cyber Security 101, $800 for Cyber Security 102 and $1,850 for both sessions. RIT alumni will receive a $50 discount. The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and instructional materials. Seating is limited to the first 20 participants and registration ends Dec. 20.

Session instructors are full-time faculty from RIT’s Department of Computing Security, a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency, and home of the 2013 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Champions.

For more information about the workshops, contact Yuan at bo.yuan@rit.edu or 585-475-4468. Participants can view a schedule for each day and register online for the workshops.