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2019 Developers Day+

April 29–30, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia

Library Cybersecurity: Should We Be Concerned?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 8:40 AM–9:10 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Grand Ballroom West
Presentation Topics
General development, coding, & APIs
Other topic
Presentation Topic Description

In 2016, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), “U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a record 1,093 data breaches … a 40 percent increase from 2015” ( By June 30, 2017, the ITRC reported 792 data breaches occurred in 2017, a 29 percent increase over 2016 at the same time ( These increases affected all industry sectors, including Education which covers Libraries. 

This session will address why someone would want to perform cyberattacks against libraries. We will look at the assets a library owns, or has access to, that would be worth going after. Ways to secure library assets will be explored. 


Tracy Farmer, Arkansas State University Jonesboro
Eric Dry, Arkansas State University Jonesboro