Nothing but Success at Community College Cyber Summit

September 19, 2016

From far and away they came to share, discuss, and learn about the most important cybersecurity issues, which made the third annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) a rousing success.

This year the summit was held in mid-July on the campus of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh. And no one was left out. There were sessions for students, instructors, and those in the technology industry from around the country.

A unique aspect of this year’s summit was the usage of the EduPlus app, which provided a networking feature, campus maps, and the most updated room changes. The keynote speaker was Peter Romness, Cisco solutions lead for the U.S. Public Sector. He emphasized the importance of making cybersecurity information available to people who are not in the industry, among other issues. Before the sessions began, Dr. Vera Zdravkovich, retired vice president of Academic Affairs at Prince George’s Community College and founding director of CyberWatch, was honored with the 3CS Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of leadership in cybersecurity education.

Soon thereafter, the sessions began. They included “Becoming the Enemy: Understanding How Hackers Work,” “Orientation to Careers in Cybersecurity,” “Co-op and Internship Opportunities for Community College Students,” “Cybercrimes 101,” and “Curriculum Pathways for Cybersecurity and Cyber Intelligence Education,” which is just a sample from the three-day event.

Increased attendance (over 350) saw educators and students mesh well together and bridge gaps to learn about the latest technologies, best practices, and curricula. With so much success, planning for the next summit is going to be even more fun. The fourth annual summit is scheduled for June 28-30, 2017 at Prince George’s Community College.

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