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The conference will be held at The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA on October 21-22, 2010. Don't miss this opportunity to hear leaders in the security field discuss current issues and to share ideas on effective security practices with your colleagues. For more information, see the conference website.
The sixth annual Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (VA SCAN) fall conference was held on October 5-6, 2009 on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, VA. Besides a beautiful fall drive to Charlottesville, this conference offers an affordable opportunity to connect with other security and systems professionals, auditors and managers who share a role in information security. Both technical and management sessions will be included and the agenda is sure to be enticing.
Given the current troubled economy, few organizations can escape the need for pruning programs that do not clearly and directly support high priority goals. This situation could prove especially difficult for the information security profession, in which demonstration of strategic value has been a significant challenge even in the best of times.
There is no better time for individuals responsible for information security to assess how their resources are deployed and consider how those uses appear in the eyes of senior management. New strategies more directly linked to institutional goals might be needed and/or the value of current strategies might need better articulation. This is hard work, but there’s no reason to go it alone.
The presentations from the 2009 conference are available on the conference website.
The 2008 VA SCAN Conference was held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on October 6-7, 2008. Please visit the conference website for more information, including the conference presentations.
The courses include:
March 3-4, 2008: Audit 521: Meeting the Minimum Standard for Protecting Credit Card and Other Private Information PCI CISP: The Visa Digital Dozen (Randy Marchany);
March 5, 2008:
Security 514: Advanced Network Worm and Bot Analysis - Hands On (Mike Poor);
March 6, 2008:
Security 531: Windows Command-Line Kung Fu In-Depth for Info Sec Pros (Ed
March 7-8, 2008:
Security 601: Reverse-Engineering Malware: The Essentials of Malware Analysis
Bill Johnsen (Virginia Beach City Public Schools) and Cheryl Elliott (James Madison University) presented "Resources for Meeting Internet Safety Requirements" at the Virginia Department of Education's recent Educational Technology Leadership Conference in Roanoke, Virginia.
The Internet safety guidelines and the state technology plan require school divisions to provide a safe secure network for students and staff. This presentation by VA SCAN, a collaboration of five Virginia higher education institutions and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, provides resources for meeting these requirements.
VA SCAN's fourth annual conference, "360° Approach to Security," was held on Thursday and Friday October 18-19 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Don't miss this opportunity to hear leaders in the IT security field discuss current issues and share ideas on effective IT security practices.
For all the latest information on the Fall Conference, please visit the 360 Conference site. The "Schedule" tab provides links to the presentations, as available.
VA SCAN is a winner! VA SCAN received the 2005 EDUCAUSE Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions at the EDUCAUSE Conference, October 18-21, 2005 in Orlando, Florida.
This program honors original and creative campus projects that apply emerging technologies to improve the scholarship, service, or management practices and policies of the institution or that have the potential for changing the technology infrastructure so that new technology solutions become possible.
As higher education institutions struggle to cope with new challenges under tight resource constraints, interinstitutional collaboration is emerging as an increasingly strategic approach. IT leaders at four institutions—George Mason University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech—have joined together to bolster the state’s defenses against network security problems. In an excellent example of sharing best practices, tools, and personnel, the alliance brings together Virginia higher education security practitioners, who have developed and maintain widely emulated operational security programs, with researchers responsible for creating cyber security instruction and research programs that are nationally recognized for excellence. In addition to the four founding universities, VA SCAN includes security researchers from the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (JMU), the Center for Secure Information Systems (GMU), and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project (GMU/JMU). The goals of the alliance are to:
Services include educating staff about digital security and ways to minimize threats, providing IT security training and consultation, and maintaining Web-based security-enhancing tools. Alliance members maintain an “ask-the-expert” e-mail service, a moderated mail list for general security discussions, and a specialized mail list providing security alerts. Among the Web-based resources are a self-assessment checklist, materials with which to conduct user and technical training, and links to other resources. All services are offered free or on a cost-recovery basis, and are not limited to members of the alliance. According to the award selection committee, “This alliance offers a model for resource sharing and collaborative problem solving and clearly addresses a critical issue with foresight and pragmatism.”
To read more about EDUCAUSE' awards, click here.