2019 Information Security Symposium is seeking volunteers

Audience gathering in the Mondavi for the 2017 keynote speech
Audience gathering in the Mondavi for the keynote speech at the 2017 symposium

The most recent Information Security Symposium at UC Davis, in 2017, earned great reviews thanks partly to the talented volunteers who helped to plan and support the event.

The planning committee now wants to assemble a similarly capable crew as it starts preparing for the next symposium, to be held at UC Davis June 18-19, 2019. Among other perks, committee members don’t have to pay the symposium’s registration fee and can attend its sessions for free.

This every-other-year symposium, which usually sells out in advance, presents two days of lectures, labs and discussions on topics involving privacy, information, computer and network security. The 2017 event attracted about 525 people from throughout the University of California and elsewhere in higher education. That was a record, and about 50 percent larger than the attendance in 2015.

Volunteer duties include communications, curriculum planning, registration, logistics, menu, and venue planning. To volunteer, or to learn more about the commitment required, please email 2019iss@ucdavis.edu by the end of Dec. 19.

“A lot of people who have volunteered for different events will tell you this one is among their favorites,” said Joyce Johnstone of the campus Information Security Office, who is co-managing the 2019 symposium. “It can be a lot of work, but it’s fun and rewarding.”

The planning committee will meet regularly starting Jan. 10, 2019.