Last updated April 17, 2017 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
News about Information Technology
Radio Appearances by Students, Faculty Member to Promote Cybersecurity Event
Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, and two students from her Support Center Procedures and Practices class will appear on Backyard Broadcasting radio stations Tuesday morning to promote “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe,” a free public event hosted by the class. Bock and the students – Mitchell T. Hoffman, an applied management major from Northumberland, and Alex J. Hackenberg, an information technology: network specialist concentration major from Middleburg – will appear from 8:10 a.m. to approximately 9 a.m. for brief interviews on WILQ (105.1 FM), WZXR (99.3FM) and Oldiez93 (93.3 FM). “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe” will offer identity protection tips and address individual cybersecurity concerns. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor presentation room of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center.
Networking, Professional Development Merge at ‘ShmooCon’
More than 40 Penn College students and alumni attended this year’s “ShmooCon” national conference in Washington, D.C.: three days of cybersecurity keynoters, as well as discussions of relevant and innovative topics with professionals and students from across the country. The campus contingent – largely representing the Information Security Association student organization – was accompanied by faculty members Jacob R. Miller and Sandra Gorka, associate professors of computer science, and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology.
Last updated April 17, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Speaker Recommends ‘Cyberhygiene’ to Foil Hackers’ Dirty Work
An Internet crimefighter and part-time accounting instructor at Penn College, speaking Tuesday in Klump Academic Center Auditorium, advocated “cyberhygiene” to protect our billions of connected devices – and our personal information – from being compromised. William E. Ebersole delivered the final lecture in the 2016-17 Technology & Society Colloquia Series, “Cyberattacks: The Weapon of Choice of Criminals, Terrorists and Spies.” Recalling the mid-1980s movie, “War Games,” in which a teenager nearly brings about nuclear catastrophe by accidentally accessing a military supercomputer, he said real-life hackers are much more focused, persistent, deliberate and sophisticated. And after several examples of their nefarious handiwork, including a widespread credit-card breach at Target stores and a three-day interruption of electrical and telephone service in Ukraine, Ebersole provided valuable counteractive tips. That advice included using strong passwords and changing them often, limiting what information is posted online, watching for unauthorized devices connected to home networks, being vigilant about children’s web activity, and keeping current on upgrading software and installing security patches. Ebersole had high praise for the college’s information assurance and cyber security curriculum, which he said is helping to feed the growing need for competent technicians. Whatever their major, though, he emphasized that all students can practice safe computing, and he especially urged them to consider the ramifications on viable job-seekers from the Internet’s long-term memory. “Don’t put something crazy on social media to knock you out of the picture,” he said.
Last updated April 4, 2017 | Posted in Accounting & Finance, Business & Hospitality, Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College IT Class to Help Public Fight Cybercrime
Last year, an all-time high 4.2 billion records were exposed from reported data breaches worldwide, according to Risk Based Security. With cybercrime becoming an increasing threat to both businesses and individuals, information technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are determined to act.
Granted, students in the college’s Support Center Procedures and Practices class don’t boast IT superpowers, but they do possess considerable knowledge. They will share that expertise during a free public event, “Tech Savvy, Tech Safe,” scheduled for 7 p.m. April 19 in the presentation room of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center.
The students will deliver a series of identity protection tips before hosting small breakout sessions for participants to ask their individual cybersecurity questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices to facilitate problem-solving. Light refreshments will be served.
Last updated March 24, 2017 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
IT Faculty Member Adds Perspective to Cybersecurity Blog
An interview with Lisa Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology at Penn College, has been published in the blog of a New York-based digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm. LIFARS conducted the Q&A with Bock for its “What’s on Your Network?” feature. She has taught a variety of courses that include networking, security, biometrics, protocol vulnerabilities, Cisco Certified Network Associate Security, and requirements analysis. She is also an author for Lynda.com, a repository of video tutorials taught by industry experts.
Last updated March 2, 2017 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter
Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment aired throughout the day on Wednesday and is available online.
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College Faculty Help High-Schoolers Crack ‘Code’
High school students from as far as Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania and Chester County in the state’s southeastern corner were among those participating in an “Hour of Code” event at Penn College on Thursday. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. At Penn College, the students gathered for a “Coding Unplugged” activity with Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology. Later, they toured campus and practiced coding Ozobots with Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, and Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology. A project of the nonprofit Code.org, the Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Most Hour of Code events are scheduled during Computer Science Education Week. The week coincides with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906.
Last updated December 8, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
Gaming Students Present Final Projects to CC Audience
Students from the information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major who are completing the capstone course presented their senior projects to fellow students, faculty and the community over multiple days in Penn’s Inn. “The presentations provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, as well as describe their learning from both designing and implementing the project,” explained Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated December 6, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Successful Alumna Shares Vision, Visibility With Club Members
Penn College’s newly formed Game Development Club recently hosted a visit by Anna Maree Manciet, of Alienware Live, whose Penn College degrees include a 2013 bachelor’s in web design and multimedia. She shared interesting stories and knowledge of the responsibilities and technical aspects of being a producer and on-air personality of a popular Twitch.tv live-stream channel. Among the topics covered were the technical configuration of hardware and software for a live stream, tips and advice on building and managing an audience, and various methods of charity work that she has had the opportunity to do throughout her career. “We were very excited to have her visit. Many of our guests took a lot of interesting information away from the event,” said organization President James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, an information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major. “The club is taking inspiration by planning some live-streaming events of our own in the near future.”
Last updated December 1, 2016 | Posted in Alumni, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Students, Faculty Attend ‘Women in Technology’ Event
More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.
During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.
“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”
Last updated November 15, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Engineering Design Technology, Faculty & Staff, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | One Comment
Penn College IT Faculty Member Featured in Publication
A major information technology publication is highlighting the expertise and accomplishments of a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.
The November/December issue of IBM Systems Magazine–Mainframe edition showcases Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, as one of a dozen women role models in the IT field.
Bock is described in the story, written by Shirley S. Savage, as a “security ambassador, who has spent 20 demanding years in IT.”
Last updated November 7, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
College Receives Grant to Boost Cyber Security Workforce
The National Science Foundation has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to tomorrow’s workforce by awarding the institution a grant intended to bolster the pipeline of information assurance/cyber defense professionals.
The $438,391 CyberCorps grant will facilitate the college’s efforts to excite high school students about rewarding careers in cyber security. The college is developing an after-school program for high schoolers, who will earn college credit for free while being introduced to the academic and professional aspects of the information security field.
“There is a tremendous demand for qualified professionals in the information assurance/cyber defense sector,” said Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer science and the college’s principal investigator for the grant. “The opportunities are varied, and salaries in the field are well above the national average. This program can be a valuable introduction and steppingstone to fulfilling careers.”
Last updated November 3, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
Trio of Penn College Faculty Present at IT Conference
Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise at a major information technology gathering.
Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, and Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, presented at the COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.
COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization consists of professionals involved with the application of IBM Power Systems and related platforms.
Last updated October 19, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology |
IT Students Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side
More than 30 students representing all of Penn College’s information technology majors hiked and picnicked at Little Pine State Park this past weekend, enjoying a beautiful woodland Sunday that coincided with the site’s annual Fall Festival. “Most students hiked the mountains and were just able to disconnect from their smartphones – literally, because there was no cell service!” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and mentor for the IT Living-Learning Community. The LLC co-sponsored the event, along with a number of student organizations: The Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Gamers’ Guild and the Information Security Association. Along for the trip were Bahram Golshan and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professors of computer information technology. “Getting out in nature with students from other IT clubs was a significant means to talk through courses, college life and where our careers were going,” said James N. Ahern, of Mechanicsburg, an information assurance and cyber security major. “I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the history of information technology with Dr. Yoas.”
Last updated October 12, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students |
Short Video Touts Career Opportunities for Cyber Security Grads
Where can graduates of Penn College’s information assurance and cyber security bachelor’s degree expect to work? Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, provides possible avenues for fulfilling careers in a short Guggenheim Productions video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “The hacker needs one way in and, as a professional, you have to protect against all possible ways in,” Gorka tells cyber security major Ryan Monteleone. “So we have the harder job, which makes it more exciting and more fun.”
Last updated September 28, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology |