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Retired Penn College IT professor authors third book

For some, retirement is a time for rest and relaxation. For Lisa Bock, it’s a time for writing books and giving back to her field.

Bock recently authored her third book and second since retiring in May 2020 from a 17-year teaching career at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “Modern Cryptography for Cybersecurity Professionals” is the latest offering from the former associate professor of computer information technology.

Intended for IT managers, security professionals, teachers and students, the 286-page book focuses on how to implement cryptographic techniques to reduce the risk of altered, disclosed or stolen data.

Lisa BockAccording to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime damages will hit $6 trillion globally in 2021. The money lost would represent the world’s third-largest economy.

“Obviously, cybercrime is an enormous threat, as we are increasingly reliant on data storage at both the micro and macro levels,” Bock said. “This book will give readers a better understanding of the cryptographic elements needed to secure your data.”

Bock holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College and has obtained numerous certifications. She’s been trained in forensics, networking, steganography and network security. She is an author for LinkedIn Learning and has presented at several national IT conferences.

“Lisa was a valued member of the Penn College faculty for several years. Her enthusiasm for teaching and the IT field was infectious for both students and colleagues,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. “We’re proud that she continues to share her considerable expertise in retirement. She is an outstanding cybersecurity ambassador.”

Bock’s new project is writing the PenTest+ for the Computing Technology Industry Association. Those who pass the exam from CompTIA earn an intermediate-skills-level cybersecurity credential.

“Modern Cryptography for Cybersecurity Professionals” is available at Amazon and Packt, a Birmingham, England, company that has published more than 6,500 books and videos geared to enhancing the skills of IT professionals worldwide.

Penn College offers several IT-related programs, including bachelor’s degrees in game and simulation programming, information assurance and cyber security, software development and information management, and network administration and engineering technology, as well as an associate degree in information technology: network and user support.

For information about those and other majors offered by the college’s School of Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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