DATE:  January 12, 2006
CONTACT: Dr. Mario Garcia, Associate Professor of Computer Science, (361) 825-3478; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

Information Assurance Symposium to Offer Strategies on How to Protect Computers and Prevent Identity Theft

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute will host the 2nd Regional Information Assurance Symposium on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Harte Research Institute building.

The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for building information assurance awareness within academic, industrial and government organizations and for sharing knowledge and experience with faculty, researchers, and institutional leaders. Among the topics to be presented are: “Why Information Assurance Education is Important to America,” “Distributed Denial of Service,” and “Identity Theft – Are You the Only You?”
“The objective of information assurance is to make sure that a computer or a network of computers can provide service even if they are under attack,” said Dr. Mario A. Garcia, associate professor of computer sciences. “People attending the symposium will learn strategies to protect their computers, prevent identity theft and how to write secure programs. The National Security Agency and Homeland Security representatives will also explain why Information Assurance is important in the United States.”

According to Garcia, the first half of the day is general in scope and should be of interest to anyone. The afternoon sessions are more technical and directed to people in the field of computer science and information technology.

Scheduled speakers include Joe Jarzombek, director of software assurance for the Department of Homeland Security; Wiley Jones from the National Security Agency; Alex Ramirez, director of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; and Rich Pethia, Daniel Plakosh, Sven Dietrich, Timothy Shimeall, Audrey Dorofee, and Carol Sledge from the CERT/SEI Carnegie Mellon University.

The symposium is open to the public. Registration is $25 through Saturday, Jan. 21. Registration at the door will be $35. For more information, call (361) 825-3478.