Montana Computer Network Security Conference -MSU- Billings- March 11-12

2004-03-11 08:00:00
College of Technology, 3803 Central Avenue, Billings.

MSU-Billings College of Technology to host

Montana Computer Network Security Conference

Senator Burns Scheduled to Address

Computer Network Security Conference

The Montana State University-Billings College of Technology will present a two-day conference addressing risk assessment, network concepts, common security exploits and prevention. The Montana Computer Network Security Conference will be held March 11-12 at the College of Technology, 3803 Central Avenue, Billings.

As our world has become increasingly connected, relying on the Internet for communications and exchange of data, viruses, worms and security breaches have become international news. The security of business systems and networks has become an urgent priority. Conference attendees will learn about the latest innovation in the field of network security, computer and internet crime and computer forensics.

The Conference is sponsored by iTECH, OneEighty Communications, Cutthroat Communications, Innovative Technology Solutions, Big Sky Economic Development Corporation, and MSU-Billings.

Senator Conrad Burns will be among the keynote speakers to address the Conference. Conference keynote speakers will include: Howard A. Schmidt, former Cyber-Security Advisor for the White House; Ricardo Daza, Systems Engineer and Security Specialist for Cisco Systems; and Pam Turner, Director of Government Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt is also a founding member of the Global Council of CSOs (Chief Security Officers), an influential group of senior cyber-security leaders.

"The role of the Chief Security Officer is relatively new in business and government, and yet it has quickly become one of the most critical positions of our time," said Schmidt.

The Montana Computer Network Security Conference is designed for managers and technicians in computer network security roles. Separate workshop tracks will be designed for each group. Workshop topics include: “Networking Concepts and Vulnerabilities,” “Company Policies & Auditing Essentials,” “Security Risk Assessment, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning,” “Business Liability,” “Perimeter Network Security,” “Essentials of Wireless Security,” and “Physical Security: Intrusion Detection, Forensics & Alerting the Authorities.”

“This conference is really about the financial impact an insecure system can have on any business and industry,” said John Cech, Dean of the MSU-Billings College of Technology. “For example the February 10, 2004 Chicago Tribune reported that the MyDoom virus, also know as the Novarg and Worm MiMail, has cost businesses well above $2 billion and turned a great many corporate and home e-mail inboxes into gibberish,” said Cech.

Pre-registration is requested for the conference. The registration fee will be $99 for the full two-day conference and $89 for two or more registrants. Registration after March 1 will be $125. Registration may be competed online at, or by contacting the MSU-Billings College of Professional Studies at 1-800-708-0068.

CONTACT: John Cech, Dean, College of Technology, 247-3009 or 670-0848

Frank Kuehn, Special Projects, College of Technology, 247-3011

Bruce Whittenberg, Outreach and Community Development, 247-3005



Shelley Van Atta

Director of University Relations

Montana State University-Billings

1500 University Drive

Billings, MT 59101-0298

(406) 657-2268

FAX: (406) 657-2264

[email protected]

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