Category Archives: EDUCAUSE

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Engage! Creating a Meaningful Security Awareness Program (Updated)

7/12/12 Updated with seminar slides!
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This may start quite the discussion, but it’s a viable argument that good Information Security practices are primarily about people, not technology.

Do you need help creating a security awareness program? Would you like to use social media to engage your audience?Would you like to integrate video or podcasts? Do you know how to best participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month or Data Privacy Day?

Cherry Delaney (Purdue University) and Ben Woelk (Rochester Institute of Technology) presented a 3½ hour seminar at the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals/IT Enterprise Leadership Conference in Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon, May 17th.

The seminar is designed for security managers, CIOs, CISOs, ISO, and IT Communications professionals. (There is an additional fee.)

Session Comments

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2 evaluation forms were returned for this session.

COMMENTS:

  • I don’t know how this presentation could be better. The content and presentation was very helpful for me. Maybe in another year or two I might have some hind-sight. It was nice to have them provide the structure and the abstract. it was also very beneficial to hear about measuring the effectiveness of this process is hit-or-miss so I know what to expect.
  • The formal training part was more helpful than I anticipated. Sometimes I think i know more than I do!

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Twitter Use at #STC12 Summit

For the two year anniversary of this blog, we’ll review Twitter use at the STC Summit conference. Twitter use among attendees continues to grow dramatically. Although this post only looks at tweets during the dates of the Summit (May 19-24), use of the #stc12 hashtag began months before the conference and continues today.

Methodology

Unlike previous years where I put a great deal of manual effort into compiling the tweets by pulling from my #stc10 and #stc11 RSS feed, this year I’ve relied on the suggestions and work of colleagues Kevin Cuddihy of STC and Karen Mardahl. Thanks also to Rick Sapir for his suggestion to use twdocs.com to collect the tweets.

Graphical Portrayals of #STC12 Information

Kevin Cuddihy published a Wordle of the most commonly used tweets at the conference in his Summit Blog post. Here’s the Wordle he compiled:

As Kevin has noted, you can see that a good amount of the Wordle is composed of usernames.

Karen Mardahl (@kmdk) uses The Archivist to compile an analysis of the tweets. The two graphics and lists below are taken from her archive.

Top Twelve Twitter Handles (% Total Tweets)

  1. 10.68% by arnoldburian (Arnold Burian)
  2. 7.45% AndreaJWenger (Andrea Wenger)
  3. 6.12% dccd (David Caruso)
  4. 5.67% rjhoughton (Rachel Houghton)
  5. 5.54% seanb_us (Sean Bean)
  6. 5.19% viqui_dill (Viqui Dill)
  7. 4.39% ninjawritermama (Sarah Baca)
  8. 4.08% phylisebanner (Phylise Banner)
  9. 4.03% ricksapir (Rick Sapir)
  10. 3.99% benwoelk (Ben Woelk)
  11. 3.95% Paul_UserAid (Paul Mueller)
  12. 3.90% MKGee (MaryKay Greuneberg)

Selected Key Words (occurrences)

  1. STC12
  2. Techcomm
  3. Content
  4. Summit
  5. @AMP;
  6. Thanks
  7. STC
  8. Session
  9. Chicago
  10. STCorg
  11. Need
  12. It’s

Observations

This year saw a number of new people “leading the way” with tweets. (Some of the usual suspects were quite busy behind the scenes, contributing to their drop in tweets. Of course, it’s also possible they were doing F2F networking!)

The week previous to #STC12, I attended the EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference (#sec12). The tweets at #stc12 far outnumbered those at #sec12. In my experience, security professionals are reticent about using social media. That may have been a factor in the difference.

If any of you are interested in doing a more thorough analysis of Twitter use at #stc12, let me know and I’ll send you Kevin’s document containing more than 500 pages and 87K words!

Let’s hear from you!

Did you tweet during Summit? How long have you been tweeting? What do you tweet about? Do you tweet more during conferences?

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Updated: 2012 Speaking Schedule, January through June

I’ll be speaking at the following events this winter and spring. Watch for my presentation materials on SlideShare.

January 9: HEISC (Higher Education Information Security Council), Town Hall. Recording available.

January 30:  Bullet Proofing Your Career Online (with Hannah Morgan, @careersherpa), ABCPNG (Always Be Connecting Power Networking Group), First Unitarian Church, Rochester, New York

Description: What are the 10 key steps to building and securing your online reputation? A security professional and a career sherpa provide their perspectives on how to create an online presence that enhances and promotes your career safely and effectively.

April 23rd: Bullet Proofing Your Career Online (with Hannah Morgan, @careersherpa), STC Rochester Spectrum Conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

April 24th: Leadership Day, STC Rochester Spectrum Conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

Facilitating the event and the panel discussion

May 17: Engage! Creating a Meaningful Security Awareness Program (with Cherry Delaney, Purdue University), EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference 2012, Indianapolis, IN

 Abstract: This session will help attendees identify available resources and tools and determine the steps needed to create an engaging security awareness program. We’ll share how to integrate social media, video and other resources in an effort to reach a variety of audiences. We’ll also discuss how to leverage security incidents to create opportunities for engagement with your community. We’ll conclude the session by helping you plan a series of targeted activities for a high profile event such as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

May 20: Communications Liftoff! Rocketing your Community to the Stars, Leadership Day progression, STC Summit, Rosemont, IL

May 21: Bullet Proofing Your Career Online (with Hannah Morgan), STC Summit, Rosemont, IL

May 23: Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media 2012, STC Summit, Rosemont, IL

Description: Lightning Talk. What are the top ten ways to shockproof your use of social media? What’s new for 2012?
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