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Virtual Winter Workshops a Success

February 4, 2021

office staff applaud a presentationIn January, the California Community Colleges Information Security Center and Accessibility Center presented the online 2021 Winter Workshops to the largest audience in the event’s history.

Registration for the event reached 467 — four times that of any previous winter workshops event. Of the total registration, 224 signed up to attend both days. Attendance averaged 120+ each day, with some sessions attracting well above that number, as the online format allowed attendees to come and go according to their needs.

The twice-annual Information Security and Accessibility workshops have historically been geared toward college and district technology leadership, administration, and staff. However, as the Accessibility Center has increased its outreach to instructional, procurement, and other campus personnel, the core audience has expanded beyond IT.

Accessibility workshop attendees represented IT, faculty, disability services, business, communications, and human resources, among other roles. This diversity reflects a growing awareness that ensuring accessibility of technology applications, web content, and instructional materials is a shared campus responsibility.

Faculty and procurement are key demographics for the Accessibility Center. Of those who registered for the Accessibility workshop, more than 25 percent identified as faculty. Additionally, a late-stage outreach to procurement personnel netted at least two dozen first-time workshop participants from that segment.

Ransomware defense and preventing social engineering attacks were popular information security topics, focused on important current events in the California community colleges. Time was also given to specific, technical information-security solutions helpful to colleges statewide.