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[Audio] 11th Annual Security Matters Conference at MSU April 27

MSU Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, Security Matters

The 11th annual Security Matters Conference is coming up April 27. On Sounds Good, Michael Ramage and Tracy Ross discuss the conference and the importance of keeping cyber networks secure.


Ramage stresses that, despite media attention around hacking by Russia and the CIA, “most people are just not important enough for an organization like the CIA or Russians to target.” The Security Matters Conference will address those concerns but focus on threats like spear phishing emails and ransomware, things that Ramage says small businesses and individuals really need to worry about.

Conference registration and vendor exploration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Murray State University’s Curris Center. The conference kicks off at 8:45 with a welcome, followed by speakers and the annual TSM Awards Luncheon until 1:30 p.m. Speakers include Chris Sanders, founder of Applied Network Defense, John Gilbert, co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Planning for Blake-Philips, LCC, Hood Harris, President of AT&T Kentucky, and Ryan Green, President of Rygre Digital Marketing.


The conference ends with an exercise in responding to a compromised network. “We want them to actually sit around the table and discuss with their peers or with others what would they do and are you prepared for it,” Ramage said. “I think what many businesses will find is that though they may think they’re prepared, they’re not prepared enough.”


The conference is free and open to the public thanks to a sponsorship from Community Financial Services Bank. Event organizers ask people to register in advance at 

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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