Lightning talks introduce an additional element of stress for the presenters: the slides advance every 15 seconds whether they’re ready or not. Our audience was ~150 Summit attendees, so we were presenting to our peers as well.
It’s quite the experience sharing the stage with eight other presenters with totally different styles. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
Other STC Summit 2011 Lightning Talks
- Robert Armstrong, Don’t Suck at Social Media
- Liz Fraley, Don’t Sell Yourself Short
- Alan Houser, Myths, Fallacies, and Lies in Technical Communications
- Brenda Huettner, Lighting Design, Terminology and Audience Analysis: Succeeding without Winning
- Bill Swallow, Advice from the Trenches on Building Online Communities
In my Cyber Self Defense course at the Rochester Institute of Technology, I teach a module on Developing a Security Mindset. Based on a class exercise by Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington (mentioned in a blog posting by Bruce Schneier), the goal of the module is to reorient students’ thinking from the features of a product and how those features are supposed to be used to thinking about how someone might “hack” the product. In other words, develop a security mindset.
I ask the students to determine product assets and vulnerabilities and identify how someone might attack the product. The students are told that they do not have resources to counter every possible threat.
I also have the students create a risk map that depicts the likelihood of a particular attack and the potential impact of that attack. Placing specific threats on a risk map helps students understand that since not all threats bear the same weight they need to choose what is most important to defend against.
The twist to the exercise is that students may not conduct an analysis of a computer-related product. For example, subjects presented by my students this quarter included Water Purification, Bicycle Safety, Running a Pizza Business, etc. As the students presented, we discussed their risk maps and the choices they made.
Although we may not agree with the students’ risk map, the exercise stretches IT students to think “outside the box.”
- Bruce Schneier: “The Security Mindset” (schneier.com)
Each fall, the RIT Information Security Office provides a Digital Self Defense orientation to first year students. The session helps the students understand the information security threats they will face. We also communicate their responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe online. As you might imagine, keeping the attention of these students midway through their orientation week can be challenging. To help hold their interest, we use a number of security awareness videos in our presentation.
The list of videos below includes an amateur and professional videos and student-created entries in the EDUCAUSE Annual Security Video contest.
The Onion: Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk their College-Aged Kids http://www.theonion.com/video/facebook-twitter-revolutionizing-how-parents-stalk,14364/
Weird “Al” Yankovic Virus Alert
Identity Theft for Criminals student video
Gone Fishin’ student video
Check out the EDUCAUSE Video Contest Page on Facebook for more videos.
If you know of other good security awareness videos, please add a comment!