Missoula College to Host Cybersecurity Awareness Week

October 19, 2017

MISSOULA – The Missoula College Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, in conjunction with Alter Enterprise LLC and LMG Security, will host Cybersecurity Awareness Week this Monday through Friday, Oct. 23-27, at the Missoula College river campus.

“An awareness of cyber threats is crucial to understanding how to protect yourself from cyber-attacks, and in today’s digital world, cybersecurity is a critical skill for everyone to have,” said Tom Gallagher, MC information technology professor. “Cybersecurity Week activities at Missoula College coincide with National Cybersecurity Month and have been created to draw attention to the need for all individuals to protect themselves from cybercrimes.”

Information technology students will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 23-26, in the river campus foyer to perform free cybersecurity diagnostic checks on notebook computers, tablets and smart phones for students, faculty, staff and the public. The event is sponsored by LMG Security.

Additionally, students and faculty are invited to attend a presentation by blockchain specialist Lou Person at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct., 27, in MC Room 332. The presentation will focus on the growing significance of blockchain, a disruptive technology of decentralized networks used to exchange assets and conduct trusted transactions.

Events will wrap up with a public Cybersecurity Awareness Week reception, sponsored by Alter Enterprise LLC, at 4 p.m. in Missoula College’s Blackfoot Cafe. Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, call Gallagher at 406-243-7814 or email tom.gallagher@mso.umt.edu.

Contact: Thomas Gallagher, Missoula College information technology professor, 406-243-7814, tom.gallagher@mso.umt.edu.