Events Calendar

Check out the Safe Computing Events Calendar for IT security and privacy events at U-M and elsewhere—and add a few to your own calendar!


November 12, 1-2 p.m. — Data Sharing During a Pandemic: Protecting Privacy While Promoting Safety

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing sparked safety and ethics discussions, requiring leaders to focus on reducing privacy risk and building greater trust with students and faculty alike. This spring, institutions are likely to face another set of hurdles.

Join Svetla Sytch, assistant director of privacy and IT policy, ITS Information Assurance, and other privacy experts for an EDUCAUSE webinar and panel discussion that will explore the current state of data privacy in higher education, the new risks and challenges vaccination planning may introduce, and how leaders can continue to evolve the data privacy conversation.


  • Sean Burns, corporate researcher, EDUCAUSE
  • Merritt Neale, senior director, Huron Consulting Group
  • Svetla Sytch, assistant director of privacy and IT policy, ITS Information Assurance, U-M
  • Gregory Whitten, senior director, healthcare, Huron Consulting Group
  • Kent Wada, chief privacy officer and director, policy and privacy, University of California Los Angeles

Registration is required. The event is free to EDUCAUSE members, and members of the U-M community are EDUCAUSE members. After you click the "Register Now" button on the event website, choose "University of Michigan" from the list of member institutions. Click Confirm to confirm release to EDUCAUSE of the information displayed, and then log in at the U-M Weblogin page with your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password. You will be prompted to complete your EDUCAUSE profile before being registered for the event.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Every October, IA marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with special events sponsored by U-M, featured information about IT security, and links to online events of interest. See National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020.

SUMIT—Security at University of Michigan IT

SUMIT 2020 goes online for SUMIT Reimagined, a series of informational events where members of the U-M community can get help from IT experts on a variety of topics.

Every October, ITS Information Assurance hosts the Security at University of Michigan IT (SUMIT) symposium to raise awareness and educate the community about important cybersecurity and privacy issues. This free event is open to the public and presents a rare opportunity to hear nationally recognized experts discuss the latest cybersecurity and privacy topics and trends.

Dissonance Event Series

Conversations at the confluence of technology, policy, privacy, security, and law

The Dissonance Event Series explores the confluence of technology, policy, privacy, security, and law from a global and national perspective. It seeks to increase universitywide, multidisciplinary discourse, and support university initiatives, including those related to data science. In addition to hosting events throughout the academic year, Dissonance co-sponsors events across campus. Recordings of past Dissonance events are available.

Privacy@Michigan Symposium & Research Showcase

The 2020 Privacy@Michigan Symposium & Research Showcase was held in the Rackham Amphitheatre,Tuesday, January 28, 1–6 p.m., on the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of The New York Times Privacy Project, gave the keynote address followed by two privacy panel discussions.

Privacy is an inherently interdisciplinary research topic that touches many disciplines at U-M. U-M faculty, researchers, students and staff, across many fields, either face or address privacy issues in their work. Privacy@Michigan celebrates International Data Privacy Day, held every year on January 28, and aims to bring together faculty, researchers, students and staff from different colleges, schools and units across campus with the goal of sparking ongoing, multidisciplinary conversations about privacy's role in society — here at U-M and worldwide.