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UIS to host conference on incident response and disaster recovery

February 16, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield, in conjunction with InfraGard and the Center for Systems Security & Information Assurance, will host a daylong conference on Incident Response and Disaster Recovery on Friday, March 10, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS.

Participants will take part in a tabletop exercise simulating a disaster situation in central Illinois. The scenario will unfold throughout the day, impacting different critical infrastructures and will include the identification and mobilization of key roles and resources.

Related sites

UIS Computer Science Program
Center for Systems Security & Information Assurance
Conference information and registration form in pdf format

Featured speakers will include Dr. Newton Howard, Center for Advanced Defense Studies, Washington, D.C., who will speak on “Emerging Digital Threats in Service-Oriented Architectures”; Dr. Roy Campbell, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professor in Computer Science at the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will speak on “Protecting the Power Grid”; and Dr. Sviatoslav Braynov, a cyber security specialist and assistant professor of Computer Science at UIS, who will speak on “The Perils of Coordinated Attacks.”

Breakout sessions will be led by facilitators from the FBI and Homeland Security, as well as professionals from health/medical, first responders, emergency services, telecommunication, utilities, university/college, law enforcement, computer cyber security, insurance, public school administration, data networks, bank/finance, state agencies, and other related fields.

Those who are charged with responding to a disaster need to know what to do first, how to quickly access needed resources, what roles are needed, and how to sequence an effective response. This conference will offer those who have already undergone preparedness training an opportunity to evaluate how effective their plans are, to compare their plans to those of other groups, and to practice in an unfolding, realistic scenario.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 28. The $30 registration fee includes lunch.

Sponsors with UIS’ Computer Science department are InfraGard Members Alliance, Springfield, and CSSIA. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and leaders in business, education, and government. CSSIA is funded by the National Science Foundation and serves a five-state area of the Midwest addressing issues critical to homeland security. Partial funding was provided by the National Science Foundation ATE Program.

For more information, contact Janis Rose, visiting instructor of Computer Science at UIS, by phone at 217/206-8246 or go to www.cssia.org. Information and a registration form can also be found online at http://csc.uis.edu/materials/brochure.pdf.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.