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One SUNY Cortland student will win a free iPad while everyone from the campus community attending the Information Security Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Corey Union, will walk away with important protective tips that may be more valuable.

The fair, which runs from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Corey Union Food Court area, is free and open to the public.

A series of information tables will be set up. A fun and interactive “phishing” game will offer participants prizes and proactive safety advice, while SUNY Cortland students will be able to register for the iPad drawing.

The University Police Department will demonstrate its Stop Theft Laptop program. Also dispensing important information will be representatives from the campus information security group and the Information Resources Support Center. Blaze, the Red Dragon mascot, will be on hand to assist in the festivities.

At 12:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, Al Weissmann, a retired postal inspector and a popular speaker on information security, will discuss “ID Theft: Minimizing Risk.”

“ID thieves have many avenues of attack at their disposal when searching for their victims,” explained Weissmann, who works with the Postal Inspection Service and has provided expert testimony in litigations regarding postal-related matters.

“Preventing ID theft, on or offline, is virtually impossible but there are ways to greatly minimize your risk.  The onus is on both consumers and businesses alike to utilize available resources to fight this never-ending crime.”

Weissmann will address financial, medical and criminal record theft, as well as the methods used by thieves, various warning signs and prevention techniques.

For more information, contact the Information Resources Office at (607) 753-5942.