GC Staff Attends Third Annual Community College Cyber Summit

Staff and faculty from two Western Maryland colleges recently attended the third annual Community College Cyber Summit, held July 22 through July 24, 2016 at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa. The event, known as 3CS, is devoted to expanding the role of community colleges in cybersecurity education. Since its inception in 2005, the National CyberWatch Center (CyberWatch), headquartered at Prince George’s Community College, is the organizing force behind the creation of 3CS. 

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In partnership with five other Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which focus on cybersecurity, CyberWatch established 3CS to meet the perceived need for a national academic conference that focuses exclusively on cybersecurity education at the community college level. Community colleges are increasingly aware of the growing demand for a workforce prepared to secure and protect our nation’s computer networks from cyber threats, and to respond to and investigate computer security breaches. 3CS encourages community collaboration to address the institutions’ evolving role in educating and training students for that preparedness. Faculty, administrators, students, and other stakeholders in community college education, are invited and encouraged to attend the yearly event. This year’s summit, hosted at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pa., in the “Silicon Valley of the East,” featured more than 60 cybersecurity-related workshops and presentations during the three-day event, along with a series of roundtables and interesting vendor exhibits.

Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Bob Spear, 3CS Chair and National CyberWatch Senior Advisor; Dr. Qing Yuan, Director of of Business, Information Technology and Engineering at Garrett College; Jill Horner, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Cybersecurity Grant Coordinator at Garrett College;  Richard Soderman, Lead Cybersecurity Professor at Allegany College of Maryland; Richard Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Garrett College; and Kristi Smith, Associate Professor of Computer Technology and TAACCCT Cybersecurity Project Director at Allegany College of Maryland.
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