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Information technology personnel charged with protecting confidential material in a technological environment will gather in Southern California’s Inland Empire for the 10th annual SecureIT information technology conference, which will again be hosted by Cal State San Bernardino on March 18-20.

CSUSB and the California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association collaborative will present the CISOA/SecureIT 2012 joint conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, where the organizations will offer a unified set of sessions to address many of the current concerns of IT professionals in management, security, information systems and IT curriculum.

The CISOA/SecureIT 2012 conference is supported by the California State University system, the California Community Colleges and the University of California system.

Experienced IT and security professionals will make presentations on the latest topics and issues in information security, from new tools and best practices to governance and compliance. Attendees will be provided with valuable information on how to protect their information assets from a new generation of malware attacks, and at the same time, provide secure access to the increasing demands of mobile device users.

“Managing the Future” is the theme for this year’s event, which is intended to build stronger bonds and develop new collaborative efforts between California’s higher education systems.

“Higher education continues to take the lead in developing strategies to meet the ever-increasing challenges of safeguarding information technology,” said Lorraine Frost, interim vice president and chief information officer at Cal State San Bernardino.

“This conference not only provides information security professionals an opportunity to collaborate and share best practices, but will also highlight our partnership with academic departments and the Department of Homeland Security through our Cyberwatch West program.”

Cal State San Bernardino President Albert Karnig will be one of the conference’s keynote speakers. Karnig, who has provided more than a decade of support to campus information security initiatives, including the SecureIT conference, will provide a historical perspective on the development of the campus information security program, its role on the academic programs and designation of CSUSB as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of the role of computing, eLearning, and information technology in American higher education, also is scheduled to speak. He serves as the senior research consultant to Inside Higher Ed ‘s surveys of senior campus officials.

“It Takes the Village to Secure the Village” is the featured keynote presentation of the conference and will be delivered by Stan Stahl, president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.

Stahl is president of Citadel Information Group, which provides information security management services to business, government and the not-for-profit community. An information security pioneer, he has secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

The conference will include six expanded track sessions: IT Nuts and Bolts, Leadership, Applications, Information Security Management, Information Security Operational Practices and Technologies and Research and Curriculum Development.

CISOA/SecureIT 2012 is open to CISOA members, higher education constituents, governmental agencies, members of security professional organizations and anyone who is responsible for the security and privacy of information.

More information is available at the conference website at www.secureitconf.com, or by contacting Lorraine Frost at Cal State San Bernardino at (909) 537-5100, or lfrost@csusb.edu.

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