SRU’s Nov .1 Cybersecurity Fair offers attendees useful online safety tips

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Slippery Rock University is hosting its annual Cybersecurity Fair, Nov. 1, for participants to learn how to secure their online identity and protect against cyber threats. The fair is free and open to the public.

Oct. 31, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students, faculty, staff and local residents will learn about online safety and cybersecurity measures they should be using when the SRU School of Business hosts its fifth annual Cybersecurity Fair from 12:30-3 p.m., Nov. 1 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

"A lot of students say they have everything covered when it comes to cybersecurity, but when they go to the fair, ask questions and listen to the presenters, they learn things they have never even thought of before," said Stephen Larson, associate professor of business, who organizes the event. "The fair will cover an array of topics about online safety, including email security, social media, smart phones, internet privacy and passwords."

Presenters will include students from the Larson's Practical Computer Security class, grouped in teams to cover several topics. Vendors participating include PNC Bank, the Better Business Bureau, a smart phone repair service provider and SRU's Information and Administrative Technology Services.

Among the topics attendees will learn about are device encryption, spotting malware, generating strong passwords and how to safely delete sensitive files.

"In a constantly innovating technological world, it is important to understand how to protect devices and personal information from dangers on and offline," Larson said.

Students will receive a card upon entry that can be validated at each booth they visit, Completed cards can be entered for a chance to win an HP Stream Notebook and other tech-related prizes.

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zackal | 724.738.4854 | justin.zackal@sru.edu