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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

March 27, 2012

Information security expert to discuss impacts of posting to social networks

Scott Christensen

Scott Christensen

An information security professional and retired law enforcement officer will share his knowledge of social networks and the impacts of posting information online during a discussion sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University’s Social Sciences Research Group (SSRG).

The presentation, “Social Networks: What’s the big deal?” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $3. Tickets may be purchased from any SSRG member as well as Dr. Carla Edwards or Dr. Ryan Wessell, faculty members in the Northwest’s Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling. Contact Edwards by calling 660.562.1263 or call Wessell at 660.562.1264.

During the presentation, Scott Christensen will discuss how online posts can have lifelong consequences on personal safety, job hiring and firing, and school admissions.

Christiansen is an adjunct professor in the College of Information Technology at Bellevue University (Neb.). He is a retired state trooper with more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. During the last 10 years of his law enforcement career he created and led efforts related to computer crimes in Nebraska. He has made hundreds of presentations about internet safety to audiences throughout the United States and Canada.

SSRG promotes student understanding of research processes, and offers students opportunities to work with colleagues in small groups to create, plan and carry out independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The organization is affiliated with Northwest’s Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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