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UNT to host June 2 seminar on cybersecurity

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on helping people stay safer and more secure online, is coming UNT with its STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life tour to educate consumers and businesses about adopting simple security measures like two-step authentication into their everyday lives.

The event, which takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. June 2 at the Gateway Center, is part of a national tour to generate awareness about activating easily implemented security features, like two-step authentication, available on many of the Internet’s most popular sites. U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, who represents Texas’ 26th congressional district and serves as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade, will offer opening remarks.

The event will feature a hands-on demonstration educating attendees on how to improve their security on sites like Google, LinkedIn and others and a panel discussion with local consumer protection and cybersecurity experts will follow.

Those who attend also will hear from:

  • Tom McCoy, vice president for research and economic development at UNT
  • Jian Zhang, associate professor, Texas Woman's University
  • Dama Brown, regional director, Southwest, Federal Trade Commission
  • Phylissia Landix, vice president of public relations and communications, Better Business Bureau, serving Dallas and Northeast Texas
  • Alain Espinosa, board secretary, North Texas InfraGard Members Alliance
  • Michael Kaiser, executive director, National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Jill Heath, director of special projects, National Cyber Security Alliance

Consumers’ failure to adopt good password practices continues to create problems. However, more Internet sites are implementing safety features that can help computer users add another layer of security to their accounts.

These features go by many names, including two-step authentication – also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication. The process is simple and requires login approvals using a variety of methods, including SMS texts to a mobile device or random one-time use password generators. The goal is the same: allowing only authorized users to access an account. Additionally, NCSA has created an educational and entertaining video – in simple, memorable language – that walks viewers through the process.

Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


Posted on: Wed 01 June 2016

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