GenZ, Cybersecurity, and New Security Measures on User-Facing Tech – an SNSI Security Summit

Sponsored by Scholarly Networks Security Initiative [SNSI]
Recorded on 10/10/2023

Posted in Library Technology and IT

Join this free, 90-minute webinar to learn how institutions can take a proactive approach to cybersecurity training and upcoming security measures on user-facing technology.

Access SNSI’s introduction slides.

Access Chas Grundy’s slides and resources discussed in the session.

Access Jason Griffey’s slides.


Join the SNSI Security Summit for a lively session exploring GenZ, the largest cohort in higher ed institutions, and a discussion on memorable solutions to cybersecurity training and new security measures on user-facing technology.

GenZ, born between the mid-1990s and 2010, is adept at integrating their online and offline lives and typically has a variety of devices at hand. Their digital lifestyle often casts the perception that GenZ is well-versed in data privacy and online security. Yet, it has been reported that nearly 60% of GenZers never received any cybersecurity training. Perhaps consequently, it has also been reported that GenZ has the highest victimization rates for phishing, the second highest rate for identity theft, and will often trade their personal data for a discount.  

Hackers are smart. They target your network’s weakest link, the people. How are institutions addressing and providing proactive, memorable training to better protect their institutions while keeping an eye on ‘what’s next’ like forthcoming security updates to user-facing technology?

Dr. Roberta Katz from Stanford University will lead us through an overview of GenZ while Chas Grundy shares his experience of Notre Dame University’s Cybersecurity Carnival, and then, Jason Griffey of NISO will impart an overview of upcoming security changes in user-facing technology.


  • Gain better understanding of Generation Z, the largest cohort on college campuses
  • Learn about creative, memorable ways to train on cybersecurity, with examples from Notre Dame University’s Cybersecurity Carnival
  • Increase awareness of expected security changes to user-facing technology


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    Roberta Reiff Katz

    Senior Research ScholarCenter for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

    Roberta Reiff Katz, attorney and cultural anthropologist, has been a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where she co-led a team researching the behaviors, values, and worldviews of Gen Z.  The team’s findings are reported in Gen Z, Explained: The Art of Living in a Digital Age, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021.

    At Stanford, Dr. Katz also served as Associate VP for Strategic Planning and as interim Chief of Staff to the President. She was Special Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Department of Justice, in 2009-10.  In prior years, Dr. Katz was Senior VP and General Counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation and of McCaw Cellular Communications (now AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation. She holds a BA from Stanford University, a PhD from Columbia University, and a JD from the University of Washington Law School. 

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    Chas Grundy

    Director of IT Strategy and TransformationUniversity of Notre Dame

    Chas Grundy, Director of IT Strategy and Transformation, is a strategist and storyteller focused on technology, marketing, and non-profit leadership. Since 2005, Chas has worked at the University of Notre Dame in leadership roles, including digital strategy, application development, IT service management, and product management.

    As Director of IT Strategy and Transformation, Chas is responsible for strategic planning, IT communications, and service management. He and his team develop creative and innovative solutions to the organization’s most complex challenges, such as the ‘Google First Wizarding College’ and the ‘Notre Dame Cybersecurity Carnival’.

    Chas graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a degree in Japanese.

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    Jason Griffey

    Director of Strategic InitiativesNational Information Standards Organization [NISO]

    Jason Griffey, librarian and technologist, is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the National Information Standards Organization [NISO], where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed and leads ongoing projects such as NISO’s participation in the Coalition for Seamless Access. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran a technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Jason spent a decade as an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga, where he led the transformation of the library’s digital infrastructure, including acting as Technology Lead for the new academic library.

    Jason was one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. Jason is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

    During his free time, Jason spends time with his daughter Eliza, reading, futzing about with gadgets and hardware, and preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.