IT Security Launches New Web site

Posted: January 8, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Cybersecurity has become increasingly important for George Mason as hundreds of virus-laden e-mails attempt to breach the community’s security daily. Also, server log files demonstrate that hackers have probed the Mason systems to go through them to attack other systems, such as the federal government computers. As a result of the constant threat to information systems, Cathy Hubbs, the university’s Information Technology (IT) security coordinator, developed a new IT security web site to help raise awareness about these threats and coordinate prevention and implementation strategies to ward off future attacks.

“IT security is the responsibility of all computer users,” says Hubbs. “The goal of the web site is to provide a collection of IT security information to the Mason community. Elevating computer users’ awareness by providing a specialized web site will contribute to a more secure computing environment.”

The site provides links to alerts and advisories; current news reports; rules and regulations; system administrator resources, which include training resources and operating system specific resources; tools and products; and more.

Hubbs also works with George Mason’s Security Review Panel, which annually reviews the Responsible Use of Computing Policy and helps resolve complaints about misuse of Mason computing resources. A newly formed group of all university system administrators, the Systems Administrative Leadership Team (SALT), will meet Jan. 29 to share their expertise in helping to secure Mason’s computers and networks.

Hubbs also belongs to the Virginia Security Computer Alliance Network, which is made up of IT and security professionals from the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and Virginia Tech. The group meets monthly to discuss state and federal mandates and share IT security awareness and training programs for the commonwealth’s higher education community.

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