Although the term sounds nefarious, “insider threats” to a business can come from well-meaning and loyal employees.
“You click on that tempting email. You leave your office unattended with your computer on. It’s a breach of security whether you meant it or not,” said Helen Schneider, Ph.D., associate professor and co-chair of UF’s Computer Science Program. Schneider is logging her 15th year as coordinator of the Information Assurance Forum, scheduled this year for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the TLB Auditorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
“Insider Threats: This Time It’s Personal!” is the topic of the forum which will feature presentations from nationally known network security experts, representatives from Findlay-area businesses, UF students and even an FBI special agent. This year’s speakers will address business security breaches that are the result of bad intentions, negligence or carelessness.
“Ten years ago, the focus on insider threats were those ‘bad guys’ who invaded your business and hacked into your data,” added Schneider. “We’ve come to realize that we are all insiders and by a click, or leaving a door propped open, we can create a security risk.”
Schneider easily recalled the topic of the first Information Assurance Forum in 2002; “Trends and Opportunities in Computer Security.” The forum included guest presenters from the NSA and FBI. The following year, it was decided to focus on business, and in 2004, the topic involved higher education. Hancock County’s Technology Infrastructure Committee (TIC), in partnership with UF, has determined the topic each year. (The TIC is a sub-committee of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance).
“Lynn Child (CentraComm) and Loren Wagner (Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.), members of the TIC, have worked tirelessly to help coordinate a great forum each year,” Schneider commented.
In its history, the Information Assurance Forum has hosted 60 guest presenters, 12 local business presenters, and 36 UF student presentations featuring 99 student presenters. The committee estimates a 15-year attendance of 1,500 people with outreach programs that have included a CEO-CIO retreat and social media workshops. Sponsors were added in 2015.
Keynote speaker at the Oct. 26 Forum is Erich Kron, security awareness advocate, KnowBe4, LLC. Other presenters include Scott Halbur, special agent, Cleveland Division, FBI and Sarah E. Pawlicki, attorney, who will address the “Jungle of Social Media in the Workplace.” Cost is $35 for Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce members; $45 for non-Chamber members, and $10 for students. (University of Findlay students may attend at no charge). To register, visit IAFORUM.NET or call 419-434-4637. Sponsors of “Insider Threats” are Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., CentraComm, Tour de Force, Findlay Digital Design, WatchTower Consulting, SGTEK, University of Findlay and The Alliance.