Most people are familiar with the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On the show, a group of crime lab technicians, police, and others examine evidence using tools and procedures to uncover killers and/or discover the circumstances of a crime. There is a new group at the University of Wyoming who will endeavor to bring tools, procedures, and information to the campus community for computer, data, and identity protection. This group is the Computer Security Initiative: University of Wyoming team; otherwise known as CSI: UW.
The CSI: UW team will, over the course of the academic year, raise the awareness of computer users about the risks of networks and the Internet. They will provide information on how to keep users safe, and guide users towards safe computing practices. The team will offer training and informational lectures for individuals and groups on campus, as well as discuss such information through articles in the Branding Iron and other campus communications channels.
The primary focus of the CSI: UW team is to make users – faculty, staff, and students – aware that they are responsible for their own computer and data security and instill in them a personal commitment to online safety. Well-known security issues such as passwords, viruses, spyware, hacking, and phishing will be discussed, along with some possible solutions. Information will be provided throughout the year on less known issues. The CSI: UW team will help teach physical and system security precautions, establish realistic expectations, teach users to share best practices with peers, and improve security in the workplace and in home work environments. Some of the topics the team will touch on in upcoming episodes include: