Data Security and Research Brown Bag seeks to educate, inform students

February 28, 2017

Hannah Harvey

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     You don’t have to be studying computer science to know how to achieve data security.

     Data Security and Research Brown Bag, hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity, will provide information on how to store research and how to encrypt data from 12-1 p.m. on March 2. The event is free to students, faculty and staff.

     Thomas Conley, information security officer at UCCS, will speak about basic data security, encryption and general technology information.

     The office is hosting the event to put out information to students and faculty alike, according to Sarah Mesa, research integrity specialist. Students whose UCCS emails are getting hacked from external sources may benefit from the presentation.

     “The event allows students to ask questions and get more information,” said Mesa. Ways to help with protecting human subject research will be provided at the event as well.

     The event has the purpose of being purely informational and does not correlate with the National Cybersecurity Center or Information Technology at UCCS.

     Data encryption involves translating plain text data into a code that has the appearance of being meaningless, according to Microsoft. Encryption makes it more difficult to decrypt, or convert, ciphertext, also known as encrypted text, back into its original plaintext format.

     The same event was held on Feb. 1, where a good turnout of faculty, staff and students attended, according to Mesa. Conley spoke at the event, providing information on data encryption and the importance of protecting research information at the past event as well.

     For more information on the event, contact Sarah Mesa at [email protected].