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Ohio University Cybersecurity Awareness Conference

Join us for the 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Conference!

October 30 - 31, 2023

Walter Hall Rotunda

Join Ohio University's Information Security Office for a free conference spanning two days and covering data security best practices, with topics benefiting faculty, staff, and students. Light refreshments will be served.

Sessions held Monday, October 30 will focus on topics relevant to university faculty, staff, and researchers, while sessions held Tuesday, October 31 will provide information on personal and student-focused security. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend an individual session, multiple sessions, or join us for the duration of both days.



Monday, October 30, 2023

Sessions are geared toward research, staff and faculty security.

Time Session 
8:30am Registration Opens
9:00am Opening Remarks

Chris Ament, Chief Information Officer, OHIO 


Privacy, Security, and Compliance

Josh Gonzalez, Chief Privacy Officer, OHIO

Laura Myers, Director of University Compliance, OHIO

This presentation will make the case for institutional level compliance and privacy programs in higher education. Join Josh Gonzalez and Laura Myers as they discuss the importance of collaboration in our efforts to meet federal, state, and international regulatory requirements. Lastly, they will explore privacy principles that promote personal data protection, mitigate risk, and seek to build trust with students, faculty, staff, and the community. 


Information Security Jeopardy

Zach Swope, Campus Engagement Specialist II, OHIO

2022's most popular session returns to the conference. Join us in an interactive game of Jeopardy that explores a variety of cybersecurity topics, and answers questions for the chance to win big!

DMP Tool

Hanna Schmillen, AHIP Head of Research Services for the University Libraries, OHIO


Hanna Schmillen will describe and demonstrate the DMPTool platform and its usefulness with research data management plans. Topics will include the benefits of using DMPTool, importance of research data management plans, a demonstration of the DMPTool platform, and time for questions and discussion. 


Disaster Recovery

Jill Harris, Manager of Emergency Programs, OHIO

Disasters happen - but how do we recover from them, and what can we learn from the events after they are over? Jill Harris, Manager of Emergency Programs will present on Disaster Recovery, and how to be prepared at work and beyond.

Simulated Phishing in the Classroom 

Lori Marchese, Management Information Systems and Financial Professional 


Simulated phishing is the act of testing a group's ability to recognize and correctly respond to a malicious email. This can be a great tool to utilize in the classroom. Lori Marchese will present about her Cybersecurity Collaboration with OIT, and how she worked with the Ohio University technology team to provide an interactive educational opportunity for students.


Current Trends in Information Security

Michael Mims, Splunk


Michael Mims will present on the current information security threat landscape and evolving trends- the most common threats being cryptomining, phishing, and ransomware, how we detect and remedy them, and the evolving threat of software supply chain attacks. 


Closing Remarks

Ed Carter, Senior Director of Information Security and CISO, OHIO  


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Sessions are geared toward personal and student security.

Time Session 
8:30am Registration

Opening Remarks

Chris Ament, Chief Information Officer, OHIO


International Travel Security

Aleks PanovskaIntelligence Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Leveraging the knowledge gained through work at the FBI, Aleks Panovska will present on how to stay safe while traveling internationally. This topic will also encompass online personal data security. 


Fight the Phish

Matthew Sheets, Information Security Analyst III, OHIO


Matt Sheets will present “Fighting the Phish”, an interactive experience to explore the general composition of modern phishing messages and techniques used by attackers targeting our university community, with a focus on protecting Ohio University Students. 


Keeping Friends & Family Safe

Reagan Neviska, Information Security Analyst II, OHIO

The Internet is an amazing tool full of wonderful "treats." However, many bad actors are hoping to play "tricks" on you as you navigate the digital world. In this presentation, Information Security Analyst Reagan Neviska will share what to watch out for online, and tips to keep your loved ones safe. Throughout the session, useful statistics will prove that everyone, regardless of generation, has something to learn, and something to teach!

Tabletop Exercise

Jake Harrison, Information Security Analyst II, Miami University


By utilizing a tabletop exercise as a realistic representation of potential threats your institution might face, you can better ensure that you have a thorough plan in place to keep personnel safe and protect your property, product, investment, and reputation.  Since it's October and we've seen some spooky stuff all month, Jake will share a secret tip on how tabletop exercises could help you in a zombie apocalypse scenario for the attendees! 


InfoSec Trivia

Chad Mourning, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, OHIO


The Union’s popular weekly trivia with a cybersecurity-focused twist! Answer questions, correctly identify music and images, and play for a chance to score points for your team and win! 

3:55pm Closing Remarks

Ed Carter, Senior Director of Information Security and CISO, OHIO  

Missed out last year? Check out WOUB's coverage of the 2022 event: