Securing Your Infrastructure: Information Security for Library System Maintainers

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Those who maintain library systems (including IT staff, systems librarians, or “accidental IT” people) are on the frontline of the battle to secure our IT infrastructure. This class will help grow your knowledge of security concepts, and provide actionable steps to improve your security.

The class will cover:

Implementing password managers and good password policies
Securing computers and web browsers
Securing web sites that you host
Understanding the current threat landscape
Network security
Library ethics and how it intersects with information security
Demonstration of a hack on a system

To benefit from this class, participants should have a basic understanding of IT and information security terminology. Participants should know what a firewall is, how to apply security updates, and have heard of Ransomware.

This class will not make you an information security professional, but it will provide you with a base level understanding of important security concepts, and resources for continuing your own security education. We understand that everyone’s environment is different. However, everyone should be able to take actionable steps to improve security within your organization away from this class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Create strong password policies
Understand the role that password managers play in security
Understand practical, important steps for securing library computers
Understand the current threat landscape
Describe network security concepts
Describe server security concepts


Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Islandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security & privacy for libraries.

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public Library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic Library: 2 year; Government Library; Archives; Historical Society/Site; Special Collections
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.