IT Community Affirms Commitment to Data Security with 2012 Security Conference

Cybercrime is frequently in the news, a topic everyone is aware of and most have taken action on, protecting personal information on our home computers. It is a type of robbery, and though the intentions of the crime have not changed, tactics have moved from in-person theft or con artistry to phishing e-mails, mobile device malware, and complex, highly organized criminal operations.

Here at the university, we are entrusted with an immense responsibility. We have access to a store of valuable information that includes intellectual property from research, patient medical records, and the personal information of students, alumni, faculty and staff. While OCIO's cyber security efforts play a key role in protecting these resources, every member of the university community has a responsibility to keep them secure.

Recognizing that this challenge has many facets, OCIO partnered with Battelle Memorial Institute to host a Cyber Security Awareness conference to discuss the mounting obstacles and dynamic solutions being developed to combat cybercrime. Nearly 200 participants, from curious beginners to experts, gathered for the conference at the Fawcett Center on October 29.

CIO Kathy Starkoff noted that Ohio State's security challenges are ever changing. Cyber criminals are aware of our assets' worth, and are constantly searching for new approaches to access them. Constant change yields more risk. "Cyber warfare" is how Battelle Memorial Institute's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Tony Robinson described this threat.

Each conference session provided an opportunity for IT security professionals to engage on timely security issues, many sparking friendly debates. Participants could also attend in-depth workshops covering topics such as defensible software development and the foundations of access controls. Some highlights included:

  • Brent Huston, CEO of MicroSolved Inc., delivered a keynote address about the evolution of cybercrime;
  • Kelley Dempsey, a Senior Information Security Specialist from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) covered risk management topics and highlighted resources available from NIST; and
  • Douglas Davidson, President & CEO of Jacadis LLC, talked about securing protected health information (PHI) and the role that common standards play in security.

Experts agree unanimously that there is no silver bullet against cybercrime. Each of these security professionals, however, lists collaborating on solutions and staying current on their growing checklists. By collaborating with Battelle and bringing together hundreds of IT and security professionals, the OCIO affirmed its commitment to stay current and protect the university’s systems, data and networks.

For more information on this conference or to learn more about the topics that were covered, contact Gary Clark, Enterprise Data Security, at clark.1097@osu.edu or 614-292-1508.