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WACO, Texas (Oct 14, 2019) – From phishing and malware attacks to data breaches and leaks, 2019 has seen numerous cybercrime cases nationwide. As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Baylor ITS will host its third Cyber day October 15-16 with the popular HackFest student contest and public forum, featuring industry experts discussing cybersecurity and ethics.
On Tuesday, October 15, the HackFest portion of Cyber Day will take place at 6 p.m. at Hankamer and Cashion University Centers. HackFest offers the Baylor community the opportunity to experience cyber threats from the inside, with escape room demonstrations, which is new this year, and a team competition. Attendees will encounter common technological exploits in action and learn how to avoid being an easy target for hackers.
“This year’s Hackfest includes several new features such as coaching by industry professionals, expanded gameplay viewing, and escape room demonstrations,” said HackFest organizer Jeff Donahoo, Ph. .D., professor of computer science at the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Viewers are encouraged to cheer on the participants who will one day be tasked with defending the digital infrastructure we all depend on.”
Escape rooms and HackFest demos will be held in the lobby of the Hankamer Academic Center, 1428 S. Fifth St. The team competition will be held on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center, 1401 S. Fourth St.
On Wednesday, October 16, the public is invited to a forum with corporate cybersecurity leaders, who will discuss current issues in cybersecurity and ethics. The session begins at 1:30 p.m. in room 250 of the Paul Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, 1621 S. Third St. Invited panelists are:
- Elton Fontaine, director of systems engineering at Palo Alto Networks.
- John Scimone, senior vice president, global director of security and resiliency at Dell Technologies.
- James Shira, director of network and information and technology in the United States at PwC.
“The forum will provide insight into upcoming cyber threats from industry leaders who are at the forefront of cybersecurity operations,” said Jon Allen, assistant vice president and chief security officer of the information at Baylor. “We hope this session will raise awareness of cybersecurity and provide useful insight into the scope and potential impact of cybersecurity risks.”
In addition to Cyber Day activities, the University’s annual get-together BearAware the campaign is running in the background to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month. BearAware, Baylor’s cybersecurity awareness initiative, develops informative and engaging content each October to promote security recommendations. This year’s campaign features iconic characters and superheroes from film franchises including Star Wars, The Avengers and Harry Potter.
“Our BearAware campaigns provide a fun and entertaining way to share cybersecurity tips with the Baylor community,” said Will Telfer, information security analyst at Baylor. “If we can get more people to use our advice, more people will learn about cybersecurity and keep their computers and information safer than before.”
Through the combination of Cyber Day and the BearAware campaign, the Baylor community will learn more about how to increase their online safety throughout the year.
For more information on Cyber Day, visit www.baylor.edu/its/cyberday. To learn more about BearAware and view past campaigns, visit www.baylor.edu/its/bearaware.
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