October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Genesee Community College to Host "Careers in Cyber Security" Webinar

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BATAVIA, NY (09/26/2017) In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Genesee Community College (GCC) and Delta College have collaborated to offer a free webinar focusing on the career opportunities in the ever-expanding cyber security industry on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security analysts is projected at 18 percent through 2022 - which is much faster than the average for all other occupations.

The webinar will feature a three panelist discussion of the trends, opportunities and challenges facing those in cyber security careers. Panelist Joshua George is the instructor of Criminal Justice at Delta College. George has over 12 years in federal law enforcement with focus on computer forensics and digital evidence. Panelist Mike Tarcan, currently serves as the information security manager at Ellucian. Tarcan focuses on security incident and threat management for a global cloud company. Panelist Kristopher Howery is an associate professor of Computer Science and Info Tech at Delta College. Howery founded the Cyber Defense Club that provides students with hands-on network defense experience. Howery also designed a multipurpose lab to teach security and network classes such as Cisco CCNA Security, Check Point, CCSA firewall, incident response and wireless security, to name a few. Additionally, he works in forensics under the networking track. Each panelist will share how they got started in the field, discuss what their security roles entail and answer questions from participants.

Both GCC students and community members are encouraged to attend the webinar which will be broadcast at the GCC Batavia campus in room T102 on Thursday, October 12 in the Conable Technoloy Building. Delta College students and guests are invited to view the webinar at Delta College's Main Campus in N007, located near the Redbrix Area. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 12:50 p.m. to ensure seating. Remote access to the webinar is available on a limited basis.

For more details about the GCC and Delta College's event, including remote access instructions, please contact the following event coordinators:

GCC: Greg Brooks at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6170, or via email: gwbrooks@genesee.edu or

Delta College: Ashleigh LaLonde via email at ncsam@delta.edu.

Additional information and resources to help keep you safe online are available at National Cyber Security Awareness Month https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam and the U.S. or the Department of Homeland Security https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

The collaborative effort between the Batavia, New York-based GCC (www.genesee.edu), and Delta College (www.delta.edu) located in University Center in Michigan is the result of both institutions' long-term relationship with Ellucian®, a software and information technology services provider which specializes in higher education.

"Both institutions have done their own cyber security events in the past," Greg Brooks, an Ellucian® academic consultant at GCC said. "This year, with cyber security being such critical facet to businesses worldwide, I reached out to the Ellucian® community to find another college that might be interested in collaborating. We are happy to combine our resources to give the program even more substance and value to the participants."