A team of experts
from Indiana University of Pennsylvania is part of the annual Health, Safety,
Security, and Environment Conference and Exhibition sponsored by the American
Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago.
“Managing Risk in Economic Uncertainty,” is expected to draw more than 300
professionals from the business community, public sector, regulatory agencies,
and nongovernmental organizations. In its 19th year, the conference
is the primary initiative for the promotion of health, safety, security, and
environmental issues. It is being held October 7 and 8, 2015.
For the first time,
the conference will include a cybersecurity track, which was coordinated by
Bill Balint, IUP’s chief information officer.
“IUP is extremely
proud of its expertise in the areas of information assurance and
cybersecurity,” IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy
Moerland said. “It’s extremely gratifying to have an international organization
come to us for our expert faculty and administrators. This is just one more
illustration that IUP’s outstanding reputation for faculty and program excellence
is well deserved.
“This is also a great
opportunity for IUP to continue our work to build academic partnerships and to
further develop contacts and relationships in this region and with international
companies like BP Trinidad and Tobago, Chevron, Shell, and many others who are
heavily involved with this conference,” Moerland said.
IUP 1980 business
administration graduate Colonel Tracy Settle connected the organization with IUP.
“The objective is to
put IUP ‘out in front’ of the government and business communities through
participation in the AMCHAM’s HSSE conference, building relationships, and
exploring mutually beneficial partnership opportunities,” Settle said. “Taking
IUP to this area provides IUP faculty and staff with unique opportunities to
engage in consulting, research, and collaboration with interested and willing
business and government partners to share ideas, best, and current practices,
and work together on focused projects of mutual interest and benefit.
“The HSSE event
showcases IUP’s academic strengths and expertise in the business and government
sectors related to safety sciences, criminology, security, and cybersecurity and
serves to further mature the relationships that have already been established.”
Settle, a 2014
recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award, has more than 33 years of
military and business expertise as an Army officer, commander, and program
manager. He is the former director of the National Guard Bureau State
Partnership Program and was the former acting director of the National Guard
Counterdrug Program. He is also a recipient of the Suriname Military Medal of
Meritorious Service and the Department of Defense Legion of Merit and is
recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow.
IUP faculty and
administrators invited to present at the conference include:
Members of IUP’s
Research Institute also were invited to be part of the event and will be
continuing work to develop opportunities for IUP partnerships with business,
industry, and education.
IUP has a history of
excellence in the field of cybersecurity and information assurance.
IUP was recognized in
a 2014 national survey of “Best Schools for Cybersecurity” by HP Enterprise
Security. The university was ranked in the top 25 percent of all cybersecurity
programs in the nation. Only four Pennsylvania colleges and universities were
rated in the top quartile.
IUP is a National
Cyber Security Alliance “Champion,” recognized by the National Cyber Security
The university is a
recent recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to support
women and minorities in cybersecurity. It has received several NSF grants
related to this discipline.
IUP was first selected as a National Center for
Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency
and the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, a recognition that the
university continues to hold. IUP’s
program is unique because of its interdisciplinary character, blending the
disciplines of criminology and computer science. In addition to the development
of computer programs and systems for cybersecurity, IUP’s program focuses on
cybercrime detection, loss prevention, and how to collect the evidence to
prosecute cybersecurity offenders.