Cameron University explores information technology security with presentation by CU alumnus

Cameron University’s Department of Computing and Technology will present “The Business of Penetration Testing,” a presentation by CU alumnus Greg Steen, on Thursday, February 2 at 8 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Penetration testing is a vital tool in the world of information assurance and security. A “pen-test” is a type of audit performed on a computer system that tests for vulnerabilities that a hacker may be looking to exploit. The ability to perform penetration tests is a valuable skill-set which requires a working knowledge of computer networks and the specific tools needed to test network configurations, communications devices, protocols, operating systems and applications. This presentation will cover the basics of conducting a thorough penetration test. Topics will include initial contact; internal and external scanning; an in-depth utilization of software tools including Nmap, Metasploit, Nessus, John The Ripper and Backtrack 5; and deliverables to the client.

Steen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Cameron in 2010. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science with a focus in Cyber Security at the University of Tulsa. He has studied penetration testing, computer and network forensics, enterprise security management, and hardware reverse engineering.  Steen has experience in information technology as both a system/database administrator and as an I.T. auditor. A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he is currently a reservist specializing in information technology.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology at 581-2335.

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January 26, 2012

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