Archive for Wednesday, January 29, 2003

KU to offer tips on ‘cyber self-defense’

January 29, 2003


Afraid of hackers getting personal information from your computer? Kansas University officials plan to provide students with tips Wednesday night on "cyber self-defense."

Several KU officials will present information for students to guard against identity theft at Wednesday night's KU Student Senate meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union.

Marilu Goodyear, vice provost for information services, and Jenny Mehmedovic, coordinator for information technology policy, will introduce KU's "Top 10 Tips for Cyber Self-Defense" and other guidelines for identity protection.

They also will also unveil a new Web site dedicated to information security. The Web site, at is expected to be launched Wednesday afternoon.

Information security became a hot topic on campus last week.

KU officials discovered Jan. 22 that someone downloaded a file with Social Security numbers and passport numbers on about 1,450 international students. The information was being gathered as part of a new reporting system imposed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Other KU officials at the Student Senate meeting will include Joe Potts, director of international student and scholar services, and Rich Morrell, university registrar.

For a report on this meeting, see the 6News report at 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's cable Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Thursday's Journal-World.

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