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Cyber security is important to protect personal information.

By Christopher A. Hernandez

October is traditionally full of fun and fears, but being careless with cyber security can lead to a nightmare.

Infected emails, hidden viruses and Trojan viruses can crash a computer, erase files or even allow identity theft, which can take years to recover from.

In observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Alamo Colleges has prepared an information technology security session.

The session, sponsored by the office of technology services and the department of computer information systems, is 10:10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Monday in Room 218 of the nursing complex.

Usha Venkat, director of information technology at this college, said Arne Saustrup, the district director of information technology services, will present information about the latest security trends, threats and solutions.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions relating to information security in the Alamo Colleges.

“Security is everyone’s responsibility,” Venkat said Tuesday. “By raising awareness, we will be able to prevent costly information security issues.”

She said the IT security session will provide information about how to protect private information.

The presentation will include unfamiliar emails to avoid, the kind of security software to install and inappropriate or unprotected websites to avoid.

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