Davis conference starts to take shape

The list of topics is starting to gel for UCCSC2009--Focus on Security, the combined UC Davis IT Security Symposium and University of California Computing Services Conference scheduled June 16-17 on campus.

The midweek conference will feature lectures, hands-on labs, and presentations by university and industry experts. Based on plans so far, the subjects will probably include green computing, cyberinfrastructure and reduction of security risks.

The conference has also begun to line up sponsors. They include Juniper Networks, which is donating $4,000, plus $500 to help offset travel costs for participants who come from other University of California campuses. Registration will cost less than $125 per person.

The theme is "Focus on Security." The conference brings together IT workers from throughout the UC System so they can learn new information, exchange ideas and solutions regarding common problems, and spur each other toward excellence. The conference will hear a report from the Office of the President, announcements of this year's winners of the UC Larry Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology, and provide an opportunity for networking.

The biennial IT Security Symposium and annual UCCSC are usually separate, but 2009 is Davis' turn to host the UCCSC. Since both events occur in the summer, the campus combined them. Email questions to uccsc2009@ucdavis.edu.