College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Department of Homeland Security and University of Minnesota to Host Cybersecurity Awareness Sessions on April 19

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Silvia Farag, Department of Homeland Security,, (703) 235-5328

Matt Hodson, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

Kristina Dorville, Department of Homeland Security,, (703) 235-3666

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/09/2012) —The University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) has joined with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its national cybersecurity awareness campaign, Stop.Think.Connect.™, to host three respective sessions on cyber awareness, cyber careers, and digital critical infrastructure protection Thursday, April 19, 2012.

As a part of the weeklong Stop.Think.Connect. Minnesota Cyber Tour, the DHS/UMN sessions will promote a broader discussion about how individuals and communities can protect against growing cyber threats. Students, faculty, and members of the general public are invited to attend all three sessions, to be held at the TCF Bank Stadium Indoor Club Room, 420 S.E. 23rd Avenue, Minneapolis.

  • General Cyber Awareness Session (3-4:30 p.m. CT): will discuss relevant issues affecting Americans in cyberspace, including identity theft, phishing, fraud and cyber ethics
  • Cyber Careers Session (4:30-6 p.m.): will outline types of cybersecurity jobs available in the 21st century workforce and the educational background needed for those careers;
  • Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Roundtable (6-7 p.m.): will bring together experts from government, academia and the private sector to discuss in-depth topics about protecting the nation’s digital posture in a range of sectors.

The DHS Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness effort encouraging Americans to embrace a higher level of Internet safety and security through education. The Campaign was launched in an effort to empower all citizens to adopt Internet safety and security practices through responsible use of home and work computers, social networks and other elements of the digital world.

As part of the university’s College of Science and Engineering, TLI bridges the gap between business and engineering. Drawing senior faculty from across industry, government and academia, TLI also bridges the Carlson School of Management, the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Law School, the Medical School and the colleges of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Veterinary Medicine; Pharmacy; and Biological Sciences. Its mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology enterprises.

To learn more about the DHS/UMN Cybersecurity Sessions, please visit or telephone (612) 624-5747. To learn more about the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, please visit

On July 1, 2010 the Institute of Technology changed its name to the College of Science and Engineering.