Missoula College Offers Free Cybersecurity Checkups

October 29, 2018

MISSOULA – Students and community members are invited to bring their tablets, notebook computers and smartphones to Missoula College of the University of Montana now through Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Week.

The event recognizes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, which was created through a collaborative effort between government and industry. NCSAM reminds us that cybersecurity safety is the responsibility of all Americans and we all have the important role of protecting ourselves and others through safe and secure online behavior.

Missoula College cybersecurity students will conduct free security diagnostic checks of digital devices from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the foyer of Missoula College’s Riverfront Campus at 1205 E. Broadway St. 

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, Missoula College will host the guest lecture “Cryptocurrency and Cybercrime,” by Lake Missoula Group security consultant Matt Durin. The lecture is free to the public and will take place in MC Room 235.

Durin is a UM graduate who specializes in digital forensics, programming, development and cybersecurity research and development. The lecture will focus on cryptojacking: the latest trend used by criminals to hijack computers, install cryptocurrency miners and use stolen information to set up wallets for illicit funds transfers on the darknet markets.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Missoula College will host the inaugural Cybersecurity Education Summit of Montana two-year colleges. This event will provide faculty members from two-year colleges across the state an opportunity to collaborate and share best educational practices for preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated Missoula College as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

For more information call Missoula College’s Kevin Trevellyan at 858-775-4412 or email kevin.trevellyan@umconnect.umt.edu.

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Contact: Kevin Trevellyan, Missoula College marketing and communications, 858-775-4412, kevin.trevellyan@umconnect.umt.edu.