IST film screening to focus on cyber threats

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In today’s interconnected society, cyber-attacks, identity theft and privacy invasion pose increasing threats to national and personal security. Students, faculty and staff at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will gather to watch a new documentary film directed by a Penn State alumnus that explores the “wide-spanning socio-technical fallout caused by data collection and social networks.”

Marc Friedenberg, a lecturer at the College of IST who teaches Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis, is organizing a screening of “Code 2600,” a documentary by Jeremy Zerechak (a 2006 film graduate) at 6 p.m. today (April 3), in the Cybertorium (113 IST Building). Pizza will be available outside the Cybertorium starting at 5:30 p.m., and a question-and-answer session with Zerechak will be held following the screening.

Zerechak, who is based in Athens, Ohio, released his debut feature, “Land of Confusion,” in 2008. The film documents a northeastern Pennsylvania National Guard Unit that is tasked with searching for weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. His follow-up film, “Code 2600,” which was released in winter 2011, documents “the Information Technology Age as told by the events and people who helped build and manipulate it.” In 2012, the film won the Grand Jury Award at the Atlanta Film Festival, and was an official selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival and the Athens International Film + Video Festival.

One section of Introduction to SRA is offered every semester to all Penn State students, who may take it to satisfy a General Education requirement in social and behavioral sciences, Friedenberg said, or to sample the content of the SRA program to consider as a possible major or minor.

"I'm not requiring students in the class to attend the screening," Friedenberg said, "But I hope that many of them choose to attend and gain a deeper understanding of cyber threats and hacker culture."

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Last Updated April 03, 2013