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Info Technology Security Conference, Apr. 2

Your data, Web searches, and email messages may be less secure than you think, but if you're like most people, computing security doesn't rank high on your list of priorities. Think again.

In early March, NIH was among many government and university sites that experienced Internet-based attacks on Windows 95 and NT systems. No data were lost, and security staff worked quickly to protect NIHnet from further "denial-of service" attacks, so called because users found their desktop systems had inexplicably locked or crashed. NIH suffered far fewer problems than many other agencies, but the incident served as a sharp reminder of the constant need for vigilance.

"The threat to government information is more real than ever, and it's increasing almost daily," says Dr. Mark Boster, deputy assistant attorney general for information resources management at the Department of Justice. "In times of budget cutting, information security hasn't always gotten the attention it deserves. We've got to reverse the trend and escalate the importance of information security in government," added Boster, who will be delivering the afternoon keynote address at the NIH Information Technology Security Conference on Thursday, Apr. 2 in the Natcher Conference Center, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference, sponsored by the NIH Office of Information Resources Management, offers something for everyone who manages or uses computer technology. Secure email, cyber law, Internet risks, and trends in Internet security are some of the topics of breakout sessions. Morning keynote speaker Bob Aiken, Next Generation Internet program director at the Department of Energy, will address "Security Challenges of the Next Generation Internet."

The conference is open and free of charge to NIH and HHS employees. For registration and more information, see the OIRM Web site at Sign language interpretation and NIHnet Mbone broadcast will be provided for keynote addresses. Still have questions? Call 402-4459.

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