Cybersecurity Community

  • IUP’s CAE-C-Expansion Project is also working on building a cybersecurity community of various stake holders in the region, including community colleges, school districts, and industry.

    Building a Cybersecurity Community

    IUP’s Cybersecurity Education Community is being created to "improve and expand" the cyber education and skills of targeted rural Western Pennsylvania students. Western Pennsylvania encompasses 24 counties (west of red line on map below):

    Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mc Kean, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Venango, Mercer, Lawrence, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Armstrong, Indiana, Beaver, Cambria, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Somerset, Fayette, Washington, and Greene, with a total population of 2,398,659 (3,628,571 with Allegheny County’s 1,229,912).

    Updated Cybersecurity Community Map

    Figure 1: PA Map by County

    The community invites students, teachers, business owners, NGOs, and government organizations to come together to increase cyber security awareness, practice, and education by pooling resources, collaboration in learning, and the creation of a integrated network for cyber education needs.

    Businesses and Professional Nonprofit Organizations

    IUP IT Services (Dan Yuhas and Paul Grieggs) have agreed to:

    1. Continue to provide expertise and expert advice:
      1. As speakers, instructors, and participants in cybersecurity education efforts for this initiative;
      2. For short-term shadowing and mentoring opportunities for IUP cybersecurity students; and
      3. As well as assistance in posting cybersecurity educational support resources and advice for practitioners once the web portal is created.
    2. Explore introducing members of the initiative to IT professionals, employers, and professional organizations for expertise, educational support, mentoring, shadowing, possibly short- and long-term internships, and long-term enduring funding sources for the identified practices that improve cybersecurity education after the NSA grant expires. IT Services will broker a meeting in the near future with Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) to explore developing resources for these identified services.

    University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

    Michael Madison (, senior scholar and academic director, and Beth Schwanke (, executive director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Pitt Cyber, are interested in finding ways IUP and Pitt Cyber might amplify each other’s efforts, particularly IUP’s rural and modular education efforts. In the near term, they would be more than happy to share information about opportunities for students at our camps and workshops, etc. via our social media.

    Community Colleges

    IUP has articulation agreements with five community colleges in the western PA:

    1. Butler County Community College
    2. Penn Highlands Community College (Cambria County)
    3. Westmoreland County Community College
    4. Community College of Allegheny County
    5. Community College of Beaver County

    Of those, the cybersecurity community team limited invitation to the CNAP initiative to the two within the targeted area:

    Pennsylvania Highlands CC

    Participation is continuing with Pennsylvania Highlands CC through a member of the faculty, Dr. Kevin Slonka ( Dr. Slonka publicized and urged PennHighlands Computer Science students to attend the weekend workshops and attended both Improving Cybersecurity Skills Workshops (Dec. 2, 2017, and Feb. 17, 2018) and intends to administer the student survey to his students in the spring academic term.

    Westmoreland County CC (WCCC)

    1. Michael Caglia ( will serve as the POC for WCCC.
    2. WCCC will host a Cybersecurity Skill Improvement Workshop on Saturday, March 24, 2018. IUP will arrange for the speakers and the contents to be delivered; WCCC will provide the space, computing facilities, participant recruitment, and other logistics (See Weekend Cybersecurity Workshops section for more details).
    3. Faculty at WCCC will urge students in a number of computer/cybersecurity related courses to utilize the asynchronous and synchronous online Communication Skill Improvement Tutoring Service that the IUP Writing Center has developed for this effort.
    4. Faculty at WCCC will recruit student participation in student research surveys. The IUP-approved IRB protocol has been forwarded to the WCCC Team, which is seeking permission to administer these surveys at WCCC.
    5. IUP will support WCCC’s efforts to secure CAE designation.

    Elementary and Secondary School Districts

    To account for the travel distance to accommodate participants traveling from Indiana to more distant counties as well as network participants traveling to Indiana to use possible physical resources, a combined total of 250 independent public school districts with no regional or state centralized authority or coordination responsibility in those 24 Western Pennsylvania counties, and because of the short duration of the CNAP initiative (one year), the cybersecurity community team has decided to limit recruiting of elementary and secondary students and teachers to the counties contiguous to Indiana County: Jefferson, Westmoreland, Cambria, Armstrong (inside blue circle on Figure 1).

    There are 51 public school districts and 79 parochial/private schools (see table below) in the target area of Indiana, Jefferson, Westmoreland, Cambria, and Armstrong counties. Initial contact has been made with all 51 school districts and 79 parochial/private schools through a letter to the superintendent explaining the initiative and inviting them to participate in it. Teachers or administrators from 15 of the 51 public school districts and four parochial school districts have participated in publicizing or attending the events conducted. In addition, 51 IUP and 12 community college undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators have attended one of the three weekend Cybersecurity Skills Improvement Workshops (Dec. 2, 2017; Feb. 17, 2018; and March 24, 2018). Nine teachers and administrators from districts outside of the targeted area have also attended one or more of these events and are listed at the bottom of the table. 

    Targeted School Districts
    School District  Contact
    Indiana County (7)  
    Blairsville-Saltsburg Mr. Jeffrey Soles, Acting Superintendent 
    Homer Center *Mr. Charles Kirkland; Dr. Charles Koren, Superintendent
    Indiana Area *Ms. Cindy Lee; *Mr. Douglas Popovec; *Ms. Genna Chilson; *Ms. Holly Rougeaux; *Ms. Marquetta Pisarcik; *Ms. Loni Gardner (Adelphoi Ed.); *Mr. David Sheeran; Ms. Barbara Peightal; Mr. Dale Kirsch, Superintendent
    Marion Center Area Mr. Clint Weimer, Superintendent 
    Penns Manor Area Mr. Daren Johnston, Superintendent 
    Purchase Line Mr. Joseph Bradley, Superintendent 
    United *Mr. Michael Lee; Dr. Barbara Parkins, Superintendent
    Armstrong County (6)
    Apollo-Ridge *Ms. Kara Fair; Dr. Matt Curci, Superintendent
    Armstrong Mr. Chris DeVivo, Superintendent 
    Freeport Area *Ms. Heather Check; Mr. Ian Magness, Superintendent
    Karns City Area Mr. Eric Ritzert, Superintendent 
    Leechburg Area Invited - Ms. Tiffany Nix, Superintendent
    Redbank Valley *Ms. Tracie Bonfardine; *Ms. Debra Dinger; Mr. Michael, Drzewiecki, Superintendent
    Cambria (16)
    Blacklick Valley *Mr. Brian Gibson; *Ms. Kayla Fockler; Mr. William Kanich, Superintendent
    Bishop Carroll Catholic HS, EbensburgMrs. Ratchford, Principal, Mr. Thomas (Ed) Graffte
    Bishop McCort Catholic HS, Johnstown*Mr. Mark Anderson, Mr. Thomas Fleming, Principal 
    Cambria Heights Mr. Michael Strasser, Superintendent
     Divine Mercy Academy, JohnstownMr. Rick Huffman
    Central Cambria Mr. Randy Wilson, POC; Mr. Jason Moore, Acting Superintendent
    Conemaugh Valley *Deborah Mishler; Mr. David Lehman, Superintendent
    Ferndale Area *Mr. Daniel Endler; Ms. Carole Kakabar, Superintendent
    Forest Hills Mr. Edwin Bowser, Superintendent 
    Glendale Mr. Ed DiSabato, Superintendent 
    Greater Johnstown Dr. James Cekada, Superintendent 
    Northern Cambria Mr. Robert Rocco, Superintendent 
    Penn Cambria Mr. William Marshall, Superintendent 
    Portage Area Mr. Eric Zelanko, Superintendent
    Richland Mr. Arnold Nadonley, Superintendent 
    Westmont Hilltop Mr. Donald Irwin, Jr., Superintendent 
    Jefferson County (5)
    Brockway Area Mr. Dan Hawkins, Superintendent
    Brookville Area Ms. Robin Fillman, Superintendent
    Clarion-Limestone Area Ms. Amy Glasl, Superintendent
    Dubois Area *Ms. Betty Heberling; Dr. Luke Lansberry, Superintendent
    Punxsutawney Area *Mr. Matthew Metzger; Dr. Thomas Lesniewski, Superintendent
      *Ms. Monica Dragich (Jefferson-Clarion Head Start); *Ms. Angela Dragich (Jeff Tech)
    Westmoreland County (17)
    Belle Vernon Area Dr. John Wilkinson, Superintendent
    Burrell Dr. Shannon Wagner, Superintendent
    Derry Area Ms. Cheryl Walters, Superintendent
    Franklin Regional Dr. Gennaro Piraino, Jr., Superintendent 
    Greater Latrobe *Ms. Wendy Fennell; Mrs. Jackie Rider; Ms. Wendy Hager; Mrs. Jennifer Albright, Guidance Counselors; Mrs. Judith Swigart, Superintendent
    Greensburg Salem Dr. Eileen Amato, Superintendent
    Hempfield Area Dr. Tammy Wolicki, Superintendent
    Jeannette City Mr. Matthew Jones, Substitute Superintendent 
    Kiski Area Dr. Timothy Scott, Superintendent 
    Ligonier Valley *Ms. Tammie Saxton; Dr. Christine Oldham, Superintendent, Administration Office
    Monessen City Dr. Leanne Spazak, Superintendent 
    Mount Pleasant Area Dr. Timothy Gabauer, Superintendent, Administration Office
    New Kensington-Arnold Dr. John Pallone, Superintendent, Administration Building
    Norwin Dr. William Kerr, Jr., Superintendent, Administrative Offices
    Penn-Trafford Dr. Matthew Harris, Superintendent, Administration Building 
    Southmoreland Dr. John Molnar, Superintendent, Administration Building 
    Yough Dr. Janet Sardon, Superintendent 
    Outside Target Area
    Allegheny County *Mr. John Stone (Central Catholic HS); *Ms. Julie Willman (Baldwin-Whitehall SD)
    Clarion County *Mr. Edward Baumcratz (North Clarion SD)
    Fayette County *Ms. Emily Durst (Connellsville SD)
    Somerset County *Mr. Brian Slope (Berlin Brothers Valley SD); *Mr. Nathan Huffman; Ms. Jennifer Asel


    *denotes previous GenCyber Summer Camp participant

    denotes Weekend Improving Cybersecurity Skills Workshop participant

    Technical Schools

     Institution Name Administrative Unit AUN  School Branch  Category  Status  Phone  Extn  City  Primary Admin 
     Indiana County                
     Indiana County Technology Center 128324207  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (724)349-6700  101 Indiana  Mr. Eric D Palmer, Director Vocational Education 

    Armstrong County 

     Lenape Tech 128034607  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open   (724)763-7116   Ford City  Ms. Karen Brock, Director Vocational Education 
     Cambria County                
     Admiral Peary AVTS 108110307  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (814)472-6490   Ebensburg  Mr. Kenneth M. Jubas, Director Vocational Education 
     Greater Johnstown CTC 108112607  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (814)266-6073    Johnstown  Mr. John S. Augustine II, Director Vocational Education 
     Jefferson County                
     Jefferson County-DuBois AVTS 106333407  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (814)653-8265    Reynoldsville  Mr. Barry Fillman, Director Vocational Education 
     Westmoreland County                
     Central Westmoreland CTC 107651207  0000  Career and Technical Center Open  (724)925-3532    New Stanton  Mr. Brad Elwood, Director Vocational Education 
     Eastern Westmoreland CTC 107652207  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (724)539-9788     Latrobe Mr. Todd Weimer, Director Vocational Education 
     Northern Westmoreland CTC 107656407  0000  Career and Technical Center  Open  (724)335-9389     New Kensington Mr. Kurt R. Kiefer, Director Vocational Education