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Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas

The Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas (CHECK) is an annual gathering of information technology professionals in post-secondary institutions in Kansas to present, discuss, and learn about new technologies and current issues in providing IT services to the higher education community. CHECK is sponsored by the Regents Information Technology Council (RITC) and coordinated by the Information Technology and Services Advisory (ITSA) subcommittee. Hosting the event rotates among the member institutions.

Thursday, June 8 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Ransomware Redemption, and How a Small IT Staff Survived the Storm

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Ransomware Redemption, and How a Small IT Staff Survived the Storm
Presented by: J.J. Widener, Seward County Community College

This is a personal account of a ransomware attack that happened on our campus, and what our IT team did to overcome the attack.  Learn how a small community college in Kansas survived one of the worst ransomware attacks reported by the KCCIT (Kansas Community Colleges Information Technology) group. The ransomware attack started from a .zip file that was opened by not just one employee, but seven, in one day. This session will define the security methods that we had in place, and those that we didn't. It will also provide an insight into the technology we used to recover all of the data on our file server. All data on the desktops were lost, unless stored on a network file share. This session will provide highly technical information, and also beginner level information for everyone. Learn the steps needed to start an Information Security Program on your campus, and to get buy in from all employees.

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JJ Widener

CIO, Seward Community College
Certifications: CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSKWorking on my CIPP/E and CIPM certifications to prepare for GDPR. Information security is what I love studying, and I love to sing. Graduated from FHSU with my MBA in May 2018, and looking to start a doctoral program in the Fall of 2018.

Thursday June 8, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Stouffer Lounge Memorial Union

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