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October 12, 2015


In recognition of the month of October as National Cyber Security Awareness
Month, Calhoun Community College will host Cyber Night at Calhoun, a free
networking event on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 5:30 7:30 pm, at the
colleges Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus.
Speakers and topics for the event include Jason Cuneo, a current Ph.D. student
in Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn, speaking on the topic
Finding Needles in the Haystack, and Ben McGee, an expert cyber security
engineer recognized as the Tennessee Valleys premiere cyber educators,
speaking on the topic, Cyber Warriors.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the kick-off of National
Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 earlier this month. Throughout the month,
outreach efforts will aim to increase Americans understanding of basic
cybersecurity practices to stay safe online and the role each of us plays in
keeping cyberspace safe and secure.
Cybersecurity is a top priority for DHS. Cyber threats are increasing in their
frequency, scale, and sophistication, said Deputy Secretary of Homeland
Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Each American is a key part of our Nations first
line of defense and in minimizing the impact of cyber-attacks. I encourage all
Americans to take advantage of National Cyber Security Awareness Month as an
opportunity to recognize the role they play in making the Internet safer and more
secure by practicing good cyber habits at home, work, school, and on the go.

Every day, tens of millions of Americans shop, bank, and stay in touch with
friends and family online. Our Nations critical infrastructure systems power
grids, financial systems, and transportation systems all rely on the Internet.
This increased connectivity brings many conveniences and advantages;
however, it also creates increased threats and risks to our security.
Throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015, the Department of
Homeland Security is highlighting ways cybersecurity impacts Americans in all
aspects of our lives, including our personal technologies and in our workplaces.
Everyone has a role to play in cybersecurity, whether its protecting our families
from identity theft, protecting our workplaces from cyber attacks, or protecting our
communities from cyber predators. Below are some tips to stay safe online,
provided by DHS:

Set strong passwords and dont share them with anyone;

Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing
information widely;

Be cautious about what you receive or read onlineif it sounds too good to be true, it probably is; and

Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates;
Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety;

Visit to learn more about how you can help strengthen Americas

Calhoun currently offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a certificate

in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, where students learn to identify,
investigate and combat network intrusions. The program prepares students for
certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Computer Hacking
Forensic Investigator (CHFI). For more information on the program, visit
Calhouns website at
For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015, visit For more
information on DHSs cybersecurity efforts, visit