FBI special agent will discuss cybersecurity threats to higher ed research


Faculty research attracts attention, and it’s not always the kind faculty want. On Oct. 26, FBI Special Agent Nick Shenkin will visit UC Davis for a lunchtime talk about international and other cybersecurity threats directed at researchers.

The risks can range from cyber-based incidents to steal data, to attempts to bribe researchers at sham academic conferences set up to flatter them.

“I heard Agent Shenkin last year at a conference at UC Berkeley,” said Dewight Kramer, assistant chief information security officer for UC Davis. “The information is useful, and he’s a great story-teller.”

This event is designed for faculty and researchers, but all UC Davis affiliates are welcome. To attend, go to the Student Community Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26. Pizza and water will be available at no cost (while supplies last).

The UC Davis Information Security Office is presenting the talk as part of Cyber Security Awareness month.