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STARKVILLE, Miss.--Bulldog fans of all ages are encouraged to attend next Thursdayâs [Sept. 10] Cowbell Yell, as Mississippi State University seeks to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for most people ringing cowbells simultaneously.
Cowbell Yell, the 2015 football seasonâs kick-off pep rally co-sponsored by the MSU Student Association and Department of Athletics, will begin at 9 p.m. in Davis Wade Stadium and will feature the Famous Maroon Band, MSU spirit groups, new Bully mascot Jak and a surprise guest.
Fans waiting for the stadium gates to open at 7:30 p.m. should line up outside Gate F at the northwest corner of Davis Wade Stadium. The line will proceed down B.S. Hood Drive and into the Junction.
Once fans make their way up the steps from Gate F, those with cowbells will proceed right into the âCowbells Requiredâ section, and fans who do not have cowbells will proceed left into the âNo Cowbellâ section.
âI hope to see everyone there, cowbell in hand, to make history for our university,â Student Association President JoJo Dodd said. âItâs going to be an incredible experience for all in attendance as we kick off football season.â
âMr. Steve Brandon is really the visionary behind this attempt. Without his efforts in fundraising and hand in organizing, the logistics of this would not be possible,â Dodd emphasized.
Brandon is a 1972 and 1973 MSU graduate who was very involved during his years on campus. He served two terms as student director of Colvard Student Union and was a Student Association senator.
Fans in attendance also will be the first to view the Bulldogsâ new âhypeâ video, hear from Coach Dan Mullen and several players, learn how to âRespect the Bell,â and be among those receiving 1,000 free t-shirts.
âSo much of our success as a department is because of the outstanding fan and student support our teams receive,â Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. âStudents have taken great ownership in making the special atmosphere that now exists at Davis Wade and have created an incredible home field advantage, while remaining focused on honoring our tradition by respecting the bell. This event provides a great opportunity for our fans and students to prepare for another exciting home season.â
While there is no current record holder in this category, in order to set the record, MSUâs number must beat the current record for largest cowbell ensemble. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 1 that more than 1,000 people rang cowbells at a running race in Royal Oak, Michigan, but this record has yet to be verified. According to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the current record for largest cowbell ensemble is a gathering of 640 people in Switzerland on Sept. 6, 2009.
Following Cowbell Yell, the Student Association will present its annual Bulldog Bash on Sept. 11, featuring free live music in Starkvilleâs Cotton District from indie rock band Local Natives. Opening acts include alternative rockers X Ambassadors, indie pop band Misterwives and the winner of the SA-sponsored âBattle of the Bands.â The day also will include a Maroon Market with local food vendors, the annual Dawg Rally and other afternoon activities.
The Bulldogs take on the Louisiana State University Tigers in their Saturday [Sept. 12] home-game opener at Davis Wade Stadium.
MSU is Mississippiâs flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
STARKVILLE, Miss.--A forum to help local businesses address the critical issue of cyberterrorism and develop strategies to guard against cyber fraud was held Thursday [Sept. 3] by Cadence Bank in partnership with Mississippi State University.
Speakers from Cadence and MSUâs Distributed Analytics and Security Institute addressed more than 120 business owners and executives for the forum âCyber Attacks: Is Your Business Ready for Battle?â
âWe often hear itâs a matter of when, not if, an attack will occur,â said Jerry Toney, president, Cadence Bank Mississippi. âWe felt it was imperative that we take the lead in addressing such a monumental threat against businesses in the Golden Triangle. Helping local companies protect their financial assets is another way we can contribute to keeping our community strong and healthy.â
Presenters included Dave Dampier, director of Mississippi Stateâs DASI; Wesley McGrew, assistant professor for DASI; Roy Sexton, director of corporate security at Cadence Bank and former U.S. Secret Service; and Katrina King, treasury management executive at Cadence.
Dampier explored recent occurrences of cyber incidents in the news, vulnerabilities that enabled these incidents, and a framework for dealing with cyber intrusions. He stressed that cyber intrusions will happen, and every organization must have an adaptive incident response program in place for dealing with intrusion incidents. Such programs, he contended, are essential in minimizing the loss or theft of information, returning impacted systems back to normal operating status quickly, and properly dealing with the legal issues that may result from these incidents.
McGrew discussed the importance of penetration testing, including what to expect at each stage of the process.
âEvery day, organizations face advanced threat perpetrators who are well organized, funded and motivated to compromise their targets,â he explained. âTo have a shot, companies have to think like thieves.â
He emphasized that simulating relevant and realistic threats against a businessâs network, performed by a skilled third-party team, should be a critical part of every companyâs cybersecurity defense plan.
Sexton discussed the shift from the physical risks of yearsâ past to todayâs cybersecurity threats. Former special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Serviceâs Birmingham District Office, Sexton saw an explosion in cyberterrorism when he returned to the field in the early 2000s as well as increased involvement by the U.S. Secret Service. He challenged the audience with the question, âAre we prepared for the evolution of terrorism as we knew it?â
King continued with a conversation on cybersecurity best practice strategies. She urged businesses to educate their employees about cyber fraud risks and empower them as the front line of defense.
âEnsuring that anti-virus/spyware software is installed, functional and updated with the most current version is a must,â she added.
King recommended that all businesses use Positive Pay and ACH Positive Pay on every account. âThese tools act as fraud prevention systems for check and electronic fraud by alerting businesses to potentially fraudulent transactions before they impact a companyâs accounts,â she said.