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Symposium to address growing IT security issues

IT professionals are busier than ever as they face mounting threats from hackers, phishers and others intent on the malicious destruction of data or technology systems. It takes time, money and staff to address the challenges of constant patching, managing software vulnerabilities, and identifying possible attacks and threats.

While it may seem this extra effort is unrelenting, recent studies confirm it is a necessary evil. Universities and other institutes of higher learning are the targets of more than half of the reported attacks and security threats nationwide.

Because of this trend IT Security Services (ITSS) is presenting the second security symposium for U-M IT professionals, SUMIT_06 (Security for U-M IT).

SUMIT_06 will bring IT experts from around the United States to Ann Arbor to address current security issues. IT professionals from all three campuses, MERIT Network members and the general public are welcome to attend. Registration is required for the Aug. 15, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. event at Rackham Auditorium. Experts will provide information, advice, and tips on how to safeguard IT systems. Topics include:

• The Changing Threat Landscape—a discussion on the dramatic shift from viruses and denial of service attacks to the next generation of targeted attacks for financial gain;
• The State of Network Security and Changing Nature of Threats—a presentation by a leading expert in product development and vulnerability research;
• The Security Development Lifecycle—a session that details the steps Microsoft is taking to improve the security of its software;
• Lockpicking—a presentation on physical security that highlights the vulnerabilities present in many locks;
• Overview of US-CERT and Real World Cyber Incident Trends—a session for the discussion of goals and actions of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team;
• Botnet Case Study: United States vs. Christopher Maxwell—a presentation by a member of the FBI Cyber squad who will describe the investigation and prosecution of thieves that operated several botnets used surreptitiously to install adware, netting more than $100,000 in illicit proceeds; and
• Anti-Phishing—a session with experts from Comerica Incorporated, Corporate Information Security Services Department, in which participants will discuss the challenges and responses to phishing attacks aimed at financial institutions.

To register and learn more about SUMIT_06, visit

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