Security - Training


In today’s growing world of networks and the devices connected to them, the need to secure one’s digital life and an organization’s networking infrastructure requires employees and institutions alike to proactively manage and protect personal and organizational assets. MCNC has developed a trio of sessions designed to bring awareness of these issues to help our community better understand and mitigate the risks and vulnerabilities associated with our digitally networked society.

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Beal, Chief Security Architect, MCNC. Chris has worked as an information security professional for nearly 20 years. During that time he’s worn many different hats including system and network administrator, developer, customer support, engineer, consultant, architect, and manager, but he’s always been focused on securing information assets. Chris currently serves as the Chief Security Architect for MCNC, a technology non-profit that builds, owns, and operates a leading-edge broadband infrastructure for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit healthcare, and other community institutions. In his role as Chief Security Architect, Chris is responsible for directing efforts to secure MCNC’s assets, and for developing security services that will benefit MCNC’s constituents in North Carolina.

Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense

This session, originally featured at NCREN Community Day 2014, details how organizations can use the Council on CyberSecurity's Critical Controls for Effective Cyber Defense as a model for building effective and efficient CyberSecurity defenses.

Intended Audience: Community members responsible for (or interested in) designing, implementing, and operating information systems or information assets.

Questions: Contact Chris Beal, Chief Security Architect, regarding content or Darleene Heath, Director Community Education & Communications, regarding logistics.

Past Webinars

Understanding DDoS Attacks and MCNC’s Support Service

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a problem for many organizations connected to the Internet. Readily available attack tools and services have made it possible for attackers to significantly disrupt normal business operations with little effort or skill. In this session, MCNC will discuss the basics of DDoS attack types and methods. More importantly, the session will cover what MCNC is doing to protect its constituents, as well as discuss what constituents need to do to make their own systems and infrastructure resilient against these attacks.

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 -11:00 am
Intended Audience: Individuals who manage or operate a network connected to NCREN.

Click here to view the archived session. You can also view the presentation pdf.

Securing Your Digital Assets

This session reviews practical, routine methods to secure your digital presence and personal assets. Topics covered include securing your home wireless network, home computers, and other digital devices. We will also review best practices for password development and protection and also cover phishing and email security.

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
How to participate:
Join us via Google Hangouts on Air at A Gmail account is required for interactive participation (send questions, comments, share perspectives, etc.). If you do not have a Gmail account you can view a live stream of the session here. This presentation will also be archived. Please register here to participate.
Intended Audience (updated): All community members who want to learn how to better secure their personal digital assets. Please note that you do not need a security background to gain valuable insights to securing your digital devices.