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Summer Workshops: Not Just for IT

May 27, 2021

Virtual conferencePlanning is well underway for the California Community Colleges Information Security and Accessibility Summer Workshops being held online June 14 and June 15. Sessions being developed span a wide range of topics, so whether you work with IT systems or produce documents for sharing on public websites, there’s sure to be something of interest.

The workshops are held twice each year, providing two full days of professional development for CCC staff and faculty, statewide. Registration is free and open to everyone.

CCC Technology Center personnel are encouraged to attend the sessions live, if possible, or review the recorded presentations when they are posted online. Though historically targeted to IT professionals, the scope of the workshops has expanded to apply to a broad range of roles and responsibilities. A number of planned sessions will cover information and techniques that are beneficial for all CCC personnel. Here are a few sessions to consider:

Information Security Workshop ︱ Monday, June 14

Cyber Hygiene (9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.)

Cyber hygiene refers to the practices that system administrators and end users can take to improve the integrity of personal information within their organization or in their personal lives.

Newsworthy cybersecurity events involving government institutions such as ransomware and data breaches have become commonplace over the past few years, resulting in billions of dollars lost. In this presentation, Aamir Khan, Chief Information Security Officer with the Information Security Center, will go over tips and best practices that any organization or individual can utilize to improve their cyber hygiene.

Tour of the Dark Web (10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.)

The terms "Darknets" and "Darkweb" frequently make headlines, but what exactly do these terms mean? How much of the Darknet is just urban legends of our time? More importantly, how can we stop this activity in our networks?

Join Stephen Heath, IT Security Consultant with the CCC Chancellor's Office, on a deep dive of the Darknets, in which you will gain a glimpse in the wretched hive of scum and villainy where everything from prescription drugs, personal health information, ransomware, credit cards, and even organs are rumored to be bought and sold.

Accessibility Workshop ︱ Tuesday, June 15

Document Accessibility (9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

Need to output accessible documents from Google Workspace? The Grackle tool will be demonstrated by its founder, including how to publish accessible Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. To date, over 30 colleges, universities, and schools in California are using this tool for greater inclusiveness and equity for the blind and visually impaired. Questions are welcome.

PDF Accessibility Techniques (9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.)

PDF accessibility continues to be a challenge for colleges and institutions, as PDFs are popular but can be difficult to make accessible. Accessibility specialists must have the appropriate software applications for document remediation.

This session, we will demonstrate different techniques for applying accessibility to PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. The demo will include common features like reviewing the tags panel, using the reading order tool, the make accessible action wizard, and other Section 508 considerations specifically for PDFs.

Section 508 Standards for ICT (1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.)

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires federal agencies to make their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) — such as technology, online training, and websites — accessible for everyone. This session will discuss who and what Section 508 applies to, what you can do immediately, and tools and resources to help you build a more inclusive campus or work environment.

For more workshop information, including a full listing of sessions, visit the Summer 2021 Virtual Workshops event site.