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NKU to host 10th Cybersecurity Symposium October 13; get peek at new Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab

Northern Kentucky University hosts its 10th Cybersecurity Symposium on October 13 and offers a sneak peek at the new Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab. The Symposium, presented by the Chase College of Law and the College of Informatics (COI), focuses on cybersecurity challenges, legal issues, risk management and best practices.   
The Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab is a combination threat intelligence center and network cybersecurity laboratory. NKU worked with top corporate security professionals to create an up-to-date real-world environment for students to get hand-on learning. The lab is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.
“Recent high profile breaches like at Equifax show that even companies that make great efforts to keep their data secure are vulnerable. This is driving the need for more cybersecurity professionals with real world problem solving skills. The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab is a unique learning studio for threat assessment, penetration testing, and in-depth training on network security. It will equip our students with what they need to help keep us safe in this dangerous digital world,” said Dean Kevin Kirby, College of Informatics. “NKU was at the forefront on cybersecurity when we held the first Symposium a decade ago. With the new Cyber Threat Lab, innovation continues.”


The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated NKU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. To obtain this top level designation, NKU had to meet stringent criteria to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation. Collaboration on events like the Cybersecurity Symposium help achieve that goal.
“NKU’s transdisciplinary programs, especially on cybersecurity, expose our students to the different subject matters they need to tackle today’s challenges, whether in law or the tech industry. A great example of this approach is our W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, where the faculty and students examine the intersection of law and technology and other issues surrounding cyber defense,” said Dean Jeffrey Standen, Chase College of Law.
The Symposium has six tracks to allow participants to choose what they want to discover in the areas of legal issues in privacy and security, information security, governance and compliance, risk management, mobile and computer forensics, cyberops and emerging topics.
World-renowned cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen will give the keynote address. Hypponen’s TED Talk from 2011 is the most watched online security talk on the internet. This year’s symposium also includes a cyber internship fair helping students make connections for internships and/or future employment in the cyber industry.
· What: NKU Cybersecurity Symposium
· When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
· Where: NKU’s James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union
Sponsors include CBTS, Check Point, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Morphick, RoundTower Technologies, CyberArk, SOCHE CinDay Cyber Corridor, Crowe Horwath, DBL Law, Nexigen Communications, Frost Brown Todd, CommitDBA, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease, Gratia, Inc., the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, ISSA, InfraGard, OWASP and (ISC)2.
For information or to attend, please visit: nku.edu/cyber10.

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