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Cybersecurity Threats, Tips Are Focus of Webinar Series

March 11, 2021

Cybersecurity conceptIn response to a troubling rise in ransomware incidents at community colleges in the state, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the CCC Information Security Center have created a series of monthly professional development webinars geared toward college and district IT professionals.

The Cybersecurity Webinar Series focuses on a new topic each month, providing the latest information about the cyber-threat landscape and relevant best practices for securing college and district network environments. The first of these, held Feb. 25, featured Windows security tips and a hands-on lab.

Future webinar topics are expected to include "Risk Management: Performing a Business Impact Analysis and Communicating the Results to Leadership," and "Vulnerability Management and Patching: Identifying Issues and Prioritizing Remediation."

A recent survey conducted by the CCC Chancellor’s Office sought to quantify the impacts of ransomware and related cybercrime on the system. With responses from 16 districts and 11 colleges, the Chancellor’s Office estimates the average length of system interruption from incidents that occured in 2019 and 2020 was 15 days, with a ransom cost of over $100,000 per incident.

The CCC Information Security Center is funded under the Shared Infrastructure Program grant by the Chancellor's Office to provide security services free of charge to every California community college. The center offers access to an extensive array of best-in-class tools as well as industry guides and resources to help colleges maintain the integrity of information systems. More information is available from the Information Security Center website at https://cccsecuritycenter.org/.