Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Security Awareness: Successful Approaches to Keep Your Institution Secure

  • Sunday, July 14
  • 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 17A
  • SK


James Robinson

Professor, Communication Department

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Thomas Skill

Associate Provost & CIO

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio


Social engineering is emerging as the technique of choice for cyber-criminals and nation-states. Instead of hacking a higher education institution’s security perimeter, cyber-criminals increasingly focus on launching email compromises and ransomware attacks. Social engineering requires a keen understanding of human nature, persuasion, and psychology rather than the use of technical brute force. To combat social engineering attacks, institutions must implement robust security awareness programs that better equip faculty, staff, and students with the knowledge they need to avoid putting schools’ assets at risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the key components of an effective security awareness program
  • Describe cyber-mindfulness and how it applies to social science to motivate and sustain behavior change
  • Explore techniques to measure the effectiveness of your security awareness program