Auburn University hosting free professional development workshop on cyber security

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A pair of nationally recognized cyber security experts will highlight a professional development workshop co-hosted by Auburn University's Harbert College of Business and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Ron Ross, a computer scientist and fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess Jr., Auburn's senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs, will speak at a free day-long event tailored to certified public accountants, as well as professionals and students in information technology, computer science, engineering and business.

The event, scheduled for March 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lowder Hall, will offer eight hours of continuing professional education credits for CPAs. Seats are first-come, first-served. Attendees must register through Event Brite.

Ross, who leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act Implementation Project, will address security and privacy in the increasingly interconnected world of the "Internet of Things." Burgess, who retired from the U.S. Army after a 38-year career that included service as the 17th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will discuss the roles of government, the private sector and academia in addressing cyber threats.

Other panelists will include Kim Kuerten, Harbert College director of graduate executive programs for the Harbert College; Joe Collazo, Harbert College assistant director of graduate executive programs; David Umphress, director of Auburn's Cyber Research Center; Bliss Bailey, executive director of Auburn University's Office of Information Technology; William Miaoulis, Auburn University chief information officer; Robert Gottesman, Auburn University director of institute compliance; and Gary Vaughn, manager of end user security for Northrop Grumman.

Panel discussions will focus on the development of cyber security programs in higher education, preparation for cyber attacks, privacy and security.

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