How to Create an Engaging Cybersecurity Awareness Program on a Limited Budget

Thursday, May 08 | 11:30AM–1:00PM | Gateway Ballroom 1
Session Type: Professional Development

Every academic institution must develop security awareness programs not only to meet compliance standards but also to face the enormous challenges 21st-century threats pose to institutional assets and resources. Security awareness isn't a compelling topic, so finding ways to engage faculty, staff, and students and communicate clearly to both technical and nontechnical staff presents a unique challenge. We will discuss how we have achieved success with our security awareness program on a limited budget.


Be able to use new information and shared insight to develop a cybersecurity awareness initiative for your institution * Describe at least three ways to implement an "economical" cybersecurity awareness initiative * Learn about a variety of methods, technical resources, and tools used to implement cybersecurity awareness programs


  • Karen McDowell

    Information Security Analyst, University of Virginia
  • Bob Meyers

    Manager, ITS Training, West Virginia University

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