SHU Partners with OutSecure to Host Cyber-Security Summit

News Story: October 24, 2013

Sacred Heart University and OutSecure Inc. will co-host a summit on Cyber Security on November 14. The event—titled “CT Business Security Summit”— will aim to help business owners learn how to better safeguard information relating to their business, employees and clients, regardless of the size of the company.

The summit will be held at the SHU campus in partnership with the Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign and the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

“This event is a great way to reach out to local business owners within our community to educate and create awareness for current security issues,” says Greg Kyrytschenko, an adjunct professor of computer science and information technology at SHU and associate director of its graduate master’s program in cybersecurity. “The summit is a great opportunity to create a better partnership at the local level and to help businesses avoid the common pitfalls when responding to security risks.”

“The number and frequency of data breaches is increasing,” says Pamela Gupta, president of OutSecure. “There is a need for a strategic approach so that companies will understand why they could be targeted, what kind of information is of value to adversaries and how companies can protect themselves.”

Attendees will learn about and discuss essential information for a company to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, including:

• Creating a strategic business protection plan
• Identifying current and future cyber risks
• Protecting employee and client data
• Protecting money and transactions
• What to do if attacked (i.e., creating an incident response preparedness plan)

Gupta often quotes FBI Director Robert Mueller, who said in in 2012, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.”

“Businesses have vital information to protect,” Gupta says. “Sixty-nine percent handle sensitive information, including customer data; 49 percent have financial records and reports; 23 percent have their own intellectual property; and 18 percent handle intellectual property belonging to others outside of the company.”

This fall, SHU launched a master’s program in cybersecurity, designed to provide students with an introduction to information security, risk and threat management and security architecture. Courses (including cryptography, systems security, digital forensics, securing the cloud and ethical hacking) are offered in a trimester schedule with most classes held on weeknights or Saturdays. The degree can be completed in as little at 15-24 months.

The CT Business Summit on Security will take place Thursday, November 14, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at SHU’s University Commons. Space is limited.