Columbus State University Print Logo

Office of Information Security

Office of Information Security




National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – observed every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

NCSAM 2018 also marks the 9th anniversary of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ campaign. 


Cybersecurity Classroom Outreach by UITS Office of Information Security. 

Students had the opportunity to watch a Cybersecurity Awareness video in one of their classes during the month of October.  Their professors shared a short video covering key topics to make them more aware of staying safe online.

Week 1: Oct 1st - 5th Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety


October 3rd: Records Management & Destruction - Lunch and Learn, David Owing, Schwob Library 12:00 PM

David Owings serves as Head of Archives for Columbus State University. He also serves as library development coordinator, records management coordinator, and as editor for the library newsletter Simon Says.  

The workshop outlined the roll all university employees play in managing the university records. What is records management, why do we do it, and how do we know how long to keep records.  How to identify and protect confidential records was also discussed.                                          


Eric Litz

October 4th: Cyber 2018 - Lecture Series, Eric Litz- Center for Commerce & Technology(CCT) Auditorium 11:00 AM

Eric is the Chief Technology Officer for Delta Data Software. His role is focused on overseeing development, quality assurance, operations and supporting the applications implemented at client sites.

Prior to joining the Delta Data Team, he spent over 15 years developing and leading teams to deliver financial, marketing, and business intelligence applications, while working for the world's largest third party credit processor and several small companies focused on delivering precision measurement equipment for the tire and battery industries.

October 5th: Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair, Michael Barker, Cybersecurity Director for the TSYS Center of Cybersecurity , Center for Commerce & Technology(CCT)125 Time - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Virtual Career Fair enabled students and employers to network in an easy-to-use virtual environment using a robust chat function for instant one on one communication with employers. 

jobfair                CyberVirtual

October 6th: Michael Barker, Cybersecurity Director for the TSYS Center of Cybersecurity, Center for Commerce & Technology(CCT)125 - Community Outreach

Michael Barker is the Director of the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity and a former Atlanta technology expert and state-licensed private detective specializing in digital forensics. Mr. Barker is a recognized industry leader in cyber security, information security and digital forensics. 


                   cyber savvy            small business                      shredding                                 

                        2018shredding                      Family Outreach      

Week 2: Oct 8th - 12th Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

October 12th: ISACA/TAG/CSU Cybersecurity Event, Columbus Country Club, 10:00AM - 4:00 PM

Technology Association of Georgia(TAG), Columbus State University and ISACA Atlanta hosted a Cybersecurity event at the Columbus Country Club.  It was a full day of cybersecurity speakers, lunch, and a tabletop exercise.




Keynote Speaker - Kevin Gowen, Chief Information Security Officer, Synovus.



Chief Information Security Officer in February 2015. He joined Synovus in 1995 from IBM Corporation where he served in various engineering and management positions. He began his career with Synovus in the Information Technology area as Vice President of Network Services and Support. He served in various leadership roles in Information Technology including Director of Technology. Gowen was named Senior Director of Procurement in 2008 with responsibilities for procurement, contracting, and vendor management. He was named a Group Executive in 2011 and his responsibilities were expanded to include serving as Chief Procurement Officer and overseeing Synovus' Corporate Real Estate group.


Week 3: Oct 15th - 19th It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

Week 4: Oct 22nd - 26th Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure


October 23rd: Col. Richard R. Hallock Lecture Series - MG (ret) Patrica Frost CSU Cunningham Center Blanchard Hall A, 7:30 P.M.

Major General (ret) Patricia A. Frost selected in 2016 as the first Director of Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Information Operations for the Department of the Army, will present "From the trenches to the desktop—Warfare in the 21st Century" as part of Columbus State University's Hallock Lecture Series.



Poster Contest 2018