Learn how to stay protected online at cybersecurity event

Katherina Del Rio/ Staff Writer

On Wednesday Oct. 26, the University will host a forum for students to learn about the security threats they face every day online.

“Don’t Burst Your Bubble” is a cybersecurity event led by IT experts from FIU to inform students of different ways to protect their information and safely communicate online.

“Its focus is for our students to make sure they could have a forum from professionals to hear how they can protect themselves,” said Helvetiella Longoria, IT associate director of Network Engineering and Telecommunications at the University.

        Guest speakers will discuss basic computer security information such as password and identity protection during the two-hour event.

Additionally, there will be a demonstration of actual computer hacking to show students how susceptible they are to hacking if proper security measures are not taken.

“We’re hoping students get how easy their information can be compromised and find new ways to prevent that from happening,” said Barbara Peres-Furones, senior account manager of the Division of Information and Technology.

The event is hosted by the University’s Division of Information Technology but aimed at all students, regardless of their computer skills.

“It’s a good thing for people who aren’t aware of the threats that they could face online,” said Emily Afre, a junior studying psychology who works at student media.

“Don’t Burst Your Bubble” will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Graham Center at the University’s Modesto Maidique Campus. For any questions about the event, contact the school’s Division of IT Department.

You can R.S.V.P. for the event at security.fiu.edu and visit there Facebook and Twitter pages by searching “FIU Technology” for more information.


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