Tuesday Morning Learning Opps

Planning to Respond: Physical and Virtual Security

  • Tuesday, July 16
  • 08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 18AB
  • SK


Michael Kasitz

Assistant Vice President for Public Safety

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Judy Molnar

Associate Vice President/CIO

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee


An increase in on-campus incidents has prompted higher education institutions to improve safety and security—both physical and virtual—by having a plan in place before an incident occurs. In early 2017 Austin Peay State University (APSU) adopted the State of Tennessee Cyber Incident Response plan and exercised the plan twice that spring in response to two email phishing schemes. Learn how various departments discovered the first cyber incident, which enabled a perpetrator to acquire an employee’s username and password and redirect a payroll direct deposit, and how internal controls prevented a similar incident from occurring a month later. Planning and training also helped with the multi-agency response to a November 2017 incident report to police of a man with a gun on APSU’s campus; the situation was handled quickly and thoroughly following the Emergency Action Plan. Attendees will form small groups to discuss such topics as disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis/critical communication, emergency action, and cyber incident response.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how to build an incident response plan
  • Identify stakeholders at your institution to involve in planning
  • Explore ways to conduct planning sessions for stakeholders