Conference Addresses Computer Security Problems

Conference Addresses Computer Security Problems
Sam Stokes, academic developer evangelist for Microsoft Corp., presented Microsoft?s technology for security policy administration at the Windows on Campus conference, Dec. 4-5, at Kellogg West.

Nearly 100 computer security experts from both academia and industry convened at the Windows on Campus Conference, Dec. 4-5, at the Kellogg West Conference Center to discuss personal computer security problems and resolutions.
The event was co-sponsored by Microsoft Corp. and Cal Poly Pomona.

?We believe this conference will begin a new era of scholastic interaction between higher education and Microsoft,? said Sam Stokes, academic developer evangelist for Microsoft. ?It was the strength of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department and their work with the National Security Agency that drew us to Cal Poly Pomona as a co-host for this event.?

Attendees included campus technology leaders from throughout the California State University system.
Featured speakers included representatives from both Microsoft and the CSU, including keynote speaker Michael Berman, vice president of Instructional & Information Technology (I⁢). Berman spoke about ?Security in the Campus Environment: Problems and Strategies.?

Other experts presented topics such as ?Securing Windows Servers and Desktops? and ?Inter-Institution Collaboration for Security Improvement.? Stokes presented Microsoft?s technology for security policy administration. He discussed how higher education IT administrators can assist professors who are teaching current and future students to build secure code using Microsoft Windows Security processes.

Dan Manson and Javier Torner, information security officers for Cal Poly Pomona and CSU San Bernardino, respectively, presented a Title V grant by a consortium of Southern California institutions (Cal Poly Pomona, Mt. San Antonio, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Los Angeles and Oxnard College). The grant has provided opportunities to pool efforts, resources and learning to advance campus IT security and improve computing curricula.

The conference ? the first of its kind between Microsoft and the CSU ? was the genesis of collaboration between Microsoft, the College of Business Administration and I&IT.;

?Universities are fundamentally different from corporations in their computing needs, and this conference addresses that reality,? said Steven Curl, chair of CIS and one of the event organizers. ?We hope to continue this collaborative effort for future events.?