5 Reasons to Join Us at the MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure and Ransomware Security Workshops

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The Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) and Internet2 are excited to officially announce a series of cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity workshops on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) beginning in June 2022. 

These free, hands-on workshops are funded under our National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Demonstration Pilot award (# 2137123). They are designed to equip campus leaders with information, tools, and resources that support improving their institution’s cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity posture. 

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Workshops in 2022 will take place at North Carolina A&T State University, Alabama A&M University, Claflin University, Salish Kootenai College, and Jackson State University. 

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We are also working to schedule additional workshops in the southeastern United States in early 2023. Stay tuned for more details as these workshops are finalized!  

In the meantime, here are five reasons you should attend an MS-CC cyberinfrastructure and ransomware security workshop:

  1. We’ve picked a topic that is on everyone’s mind right now: ransomware security

Improving your institution’s cybersecurity posture is priceless. Ransomware attacks are increasing in size, frequency, and impact – and have a crippling effect on the institutions that experience them. Universities and colleges, in particular, are seeing an increase in ransomware attacks that significantly disrupt their campus operations. 

  1. We’ve designed a workshop experience for both chief information officers and their IT and cybersecurity staff. 

The workshops will include a keynote presentation, a panel discussion with cybersecurity leaders, and hands-on learning opportunities, including access to open-source security tools and documented best practices for campus infrastructure. The workshops will also have two tracks –  an executive track and a technical track – focused on improving your institution’s cybersecurity posture and knowing how to respond to ransomware attacks. 

  1. We’ve built time in the schedule for informal networking. 

The workshop is designed to support the sharing of ideas and discussing common challenges across HBCU and TCU campuses. We’re creating a space for you to network and build connections with your peers from HCBUs and TCUs, as well as cybersecurity professionals and leadership from regional and national non-profit organizations supporting the research and education community in the U.S.

  1. The workshop is free for MS-CC members and requests for reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses can be accommodated. 

The NSF Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Demonstration Pilot award (# 2137123) is funding the workshops. We are intentional in trying to select workshop locations that are within reasonable driving distance for invited HBCU and TCU participants. 

  1. We’re committed to supporting a vibrant community of practice across MS-CC participating campuses.

It’s an opportunity to network, discuss common challenges with your peers, and talk through potential solutions that the MS-CC can support you with.  

To learn more about the workshops and to register, please visit internet2.edu/mscc-events