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Presentations are held at at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on Oct. 7, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre. Presentations are held at at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on Oct. 7, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre.
 


Film Educates About Campus Internet Security

SDSU’s Information and Technology Security Office will host screenings of “The Company Man.”
By Jamie Ballard
 

The San Diego State University Information and Technology Security Office (ITSO) is hosting four showings of the FBI film, “The Company Man” in order to educate students, faculty and staff about information security on campus, and how to protect against the very real threat of cyber-attacks. 
 
Cyber threats and security
 
Felecia Vlahos, SDSU's information security officer explained, “Our network border gets 3,000 attacks per second.” The people trying to get into the network, she said, are from all over the world. 
 
“We’re sitting here using our computers, not even aware that our firewall is constantly blocking all of these attacks. Our goal is to help students and faculty understand that these threats are very determined, and very aggressive, and then follow up by explaining how they can protect themselves,” Vlahos remarked. 
 
The ITSO plays a significant role in protecting the SDSU campus community. They work to identify and manage potential risks, educate the campus on how to prevent these attacks, and ensure that sensitive information is particularly protected. 
 
Attackers may be after any number of things — credentials, credit card information and personal information. One of the areas ITSO is concerned about is the research data stored on SDSU’s systems. Because of this, researchers on campus were among the first to receive invitations to the movie showing. 
 
Raising awareness
 
Vlahos explained that the ITSO decided to show “The Company Man” as a way to elevate awareness on campus. “We thought, ‘There’s only so much your attention can absorb. So when you’re dealing with information security, how do you penetrate people’s time? How do you let them know: This is important?’” Vlahos said.
 
Each showing will be introduced by Special Agent Parker Scott, the FBI liaison for San Diego County. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions after the movie.
 
“The whole event is about an hour long,” Vlahos said. “The movie itself is 35 minutes long, and we have 10 minutes beforehand for the introduction, and 15 minutes afterward for people to ask any questions."
 
“The Company Man”
 
An FBI film based on true events, “The Company Man” tells the story of Chinese spies who attempt to recruit a veteran employee to steal trade secrets needed to build a competing plant in China. The film focuses on economic espionage and the protection of intellectual information.
 
Presentations are held at at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m on Oct. 7, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre. Tickets are required but free. RSVPs are requested and those interested in attending should email iso@sdsu.edu with a preferred movie time.