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Alum teaches basics of Web security

Nov. 3, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Internet security specialist and Western Michigan University alumnus Jay Ball returns Thursday, Nov. 6, to give a presentation on Web application security.

The discussion, which is presented by the WMU Computer Club, begins at 7 p.m. in 1720 Chemistry Building and is free and open to the public.

Ball is assistant director of global information security at Ernst & Young and has been working in Web security for more than 20 years. During his presentation, he will discuss how to reduce Web site vulnerabilities and perform test attacks against your own site. He will also teach the group several ways to best defend against attackers.

According to Ball, common Web site vulnerabilities take less than one minute to exploit, opening sensitive company, customer and employee information up to attackers. Poor Web security amounts to billions of dollars in damages each year and can cause irreparable damage to an organization's credibility and bottom line.

For more information, visit the WMU Computer Club online.

Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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