BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the student chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL – the college version of Future Business Leaders of America) will offer a free cybersecurity service at its Cyberhealth Day on Sept. 14 at the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center on the Bolivar campus.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To help emphasize this issue and raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, SBU’s Computer and Information Science students will perform a security check and remove viruses from Windows-based computers.
This free service, which can cost as much as $50 or more elsewhere, is provided to any Bolivar or surrounding community member and will help individuals’ computers run faster, run with fewer errors and help protect against security threats. Computers must be dropped off between 8-10 a.m. at Taylor Hall, and picked up before noon.
“The SBU CIS Department’s faculty and students are providing this free service to say ‘thank you’ for helping make Bolivar such a tremendous place to live, work and go to school,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, department chair and professor of computer information science at SBU.
In addition to having a faster, cleaner and more secure computer, individuals will receive a handout titled “Digital Common Sense: 10 Simple Steps to Online Safety,” which has been developed by the Department of Homeland Security and adapted by students majoring in cybersecurity at SBU.
To participate in Cyberhealth Day, individuals must email Dr. James Cain, professor of computer information science at SBU, at jcain@SBUniv.edu to reserve a spot. The department anticipates being able to provide this service for up to 50 computers.