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Below are all the current and previous faculty professional development activities for PHCC faculty and staff offered through the PC4A project. 

2023 Professional Development Workshop

April 15, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 2023 PHCC Faculty Development Workshop focused on cloud security, cryptography, and the NCAE Cyber Sandbox. The event was held virtually via Zoom, and all interested PHCC faculty and staff were welcome to attend. Download the flyer, brochure and schedule for more information.

Event Feedback

  • 100% of participants rated all sessions excellent or very good.
  • 100% of participants rated the interactivity in all sessions excellent or very good.
  • When asked to provide additional comments, one participant said, “The presentations were excellent. Each had a lab component which I didn’t expect using Zoom.” 

Guest Speaker Presentations

Dom Glavach - Cloud Security Telemetry  

Session Summary: This session provides an overview of Amazon Web Services, including key terminology and services. The talk introduces the necessary configurations to perform threat detection in the cloud, such as log telemetry, analysis, and visualization as well as an introduction to common threat-hunting techniques.

Presenter Bio: Dom Glavach is the chief security officer and chief security strategist at CyberSN. In this executive role, he is responsible for leading the company’s information security strategy, policy, IT operations, security engineering, security operations, data privacy, and cyber threat detection. Before CyberSN, Glavach spent 20 years working with Concurrent Technologies Corporation, where he served as the chief information security officer and research fellow. He was critical in the company’s cyber risk management, providing cyber technical leadership and subject matter expertise to commercial and government clients. Glavach is a CISSP, an active Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Cyber Committee member, chairs a subcommittee on Vehicle and Embedded Systems Cyber Security, and mentors at cybersecurity meet-ups. He has presented various security topics to a wide range of public and government audiences, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.

Xin-Wen Wu - Beyond Confidentiality: How Modern Cryptography is Used to Protect Our Data and Cyberspace

Session Summary: Modern cryptography, including symmetric ciphers, asymmetric crypto algorithms, and secure hash algorithms, provides powerful tools to protect cyberspace and users. When used properly, advanced cryptography ensures confidentiality, integrity, and beyond. This workshop will introduce algorithmic concepts of the most commonly used cryptographic protocols. Interesting examples and hands-on activities will be offered to help understand the concepts.

Speaker Bio: Xin-wen Wu, PhD, has worked in cybersecurity and various related areas as a researcher and educator over the last two decades. He has published two books, a monograph, and numerous research articles in reputable journals and international conferences. Wu is a faculty member at the University of Mary Washington. He was also affiliated with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, extending his academic experience at several research-focused universities including the University of California at San Diego and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

James Rice - Interactive Journey Developing the NCAE Cyber Sandbox and Beyond

Session Summary: Leading up to the NCAE National Competition grant and upon MVCC receiving the award, Rice spearheaded the effort to have an educational environment as a priority alongside the delivery of the competitions themselves. In this workshop session, Rice walks through a brief history of working in this space, leveraging the NCAE Cyber Sandbox in the classroom, and unveils other new collaborative learning platforms coming to the Sandbox and beyond the NCAE grant.

Speaker Bio: Rice has been with MVCC, starting as an adjunct professor in 2011 and becoming a full-time cybersecurity instructor at the beginning of 2017. While teaching as an adjunct for MVCC, Rice worked full-time as a cybersecurity analyst for Quanterion Solutions Inc., a cybersecurity and reliability engineering-focused Department of Defense contractor. During this time, he has focused on delivering dynamic learning content and environments via various forms of media, including scenarios and games. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from SUNY Albany and a master's degree in cybersecurity from Utica University.

Direct Questions to:

Dr. Waleed Farag
Director, IUP Institute for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science

farag@iup.edu | Phone: 724-357-2608 | Fax: 724-357-7908

Lydia Taylor
PC4A Project Manager

ltaylor@iup.edu | Phone: 724-989-5355

Schedule for the PHCC Faculty Development Workshop on April 15, 2023

Flyer for the PHCC Faculty Professional Development Workshop on April 15, 2023