Indiana University of
Pennsylvania’s Office of Extended Studies, InfraGard Pittsburgh, and S&T
Bank will present “Securing Our Region: A Cyber Security Seminar” on June 23
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex,
711 Pratt Drive.
The event is free and
open to the community, but pre-registration is required. Registration can be
made at the Cyber Security Seminar website. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities
are available for the event; for more information, contact Mike Husenits at
724-357-7837 or email@example.com.
James Kitchen, assistant United States attorney for the Western District
of Pennsylvania, is the keynote speaker for the program. Kitchen will discuss
“An Update on Cyber Threats.”
Kitchen has been in
his current role for the past 13 years, currently serving in the Western
District of Pennsylvania as the national security cyber specialist,
Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council coordinator, and the deputy chief of the
National Security and Cyber Crime Section of the office.
Since being in
Pittsburgh, he has led several notable cyber investigations, including those
leading to pending indictments against five officers of the Chinese People’s
Liberation Army who hacked into six American companies, the indictment and
arrest of the anonymized-e-mail bomb perpetrator at the University of
Pittsburgh, and the shutdown of the Darkode criminal hacking forum as well as
the conviction of several of its members.
In addition to an
overview of the cyber threat by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kitchen, presenters
will discuss social media leaks and security; the “insider threat;” and cyber
fraud and creative collaborations to combat it.
In 2016, experts say
that the average computer is probed more than once per second by an external
entity unless it is in a protected network. This program is intended to
offer increased awareness and understanding of cyber threats to make the region
more resilient to cyber incidents and work to prevent individuals and
businesses from becoming victim to cyber threats.
The agenda for the day is as follows:
day concludes at 12:15 p.m. with final remarks.
Attendees who participate in the full event will receive a certificate for
three educational contact hours from InfraGard and two Continuing Education
Units (CEU) from IUP for completion of this training.
Kevin Dodds, S&T Bank’s board-appointed
chief information security officer, responsible for overseeing the development,
implementation, and maintenance of S&T’s security program, will serve as
master of ceremonies for the event.
Prior to joining S&T, Dodds served for more
than 31 years in federal law
enforcement, 28 of those years as a special agent with the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service. He was assigned to various positions in the U.S. and
overseas. He also served in joint duty assignments at the National Joint
Terrorism Task Force, National Counterterrorism Center, and the Under Secretary
of Defense for Intelligence.
His executive appointments at NCIS include
executive assistant director for combating terrorism, assistant director for
information technology, chief information officer, and chief of strategic
planning, communications, and policy. During his tenure at NCIS, he was appointed
to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive Service and was a
commissioned senior intelligence officer in the Intelligence Community Senior
More about the speakers and panelists:
Pittsburgh Members Alliance (IPMA) consists of a growing membership of
professionals who are creating a more resilient critical infrastructure in western
includes representatives from 16 critical infrastructures, including the chemical, information technology, water supply systems,
energy, emergency services, healthcare and public health, transportation,
finance, and telecommunications sectors. Membership is voluntary yet exclusive
and is comprised of individuals from both the public and private sector. The
main goal of IPMA is to promote ongoing communication, education, and
community outreach between the public and private sectors and the FBI
to share information, strengthen relationships, and protect vital assets. More
information about the organization, including information on how to join the
organization, is available at the InfraGard website.
The IUP Office of
Extended Studies was created in March of 2015 to engage adults to enhance their
knowledge, develop their skills, and enable them to be successful in the
workforce. It uses innovative techniques and cutting-edge content
combined with delivery methods that enable adult learners to learn wherever
they are by offering online training programs, corporate training programs, and
degree completion programs.