RCSJ, Cumberland Campus, To Host Cybersecurity Symposium

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

Join Rowan College of South Jersey on Thursday, October 26, at 10 a.m. for their first Cybersecurity Symposium at the Cumberland Campus’s Luciano Center in Vineland. Photo courtesy of RCSJ.

VINELAND, N.J. — Rowan College of South Jersey will host its inaugural Cybersecurity Symposium at the Cumberland Campus’s Luciano Center in Vineland on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 10 a.m.

Sponsored by National Science Foundation – Hispanic Serving Institutions (NSF-HSI) Adelante Juntos program at RCSJ-Cumberland, the symposium will include academic, government, and industry leaders who will share their perspectives, knowledge, emerging issues, and collaboration on the dynamic changes and challenges taking place in the cybersecurity digital landscape, according to the college.

According to techopedia.com, in 2022, 493.33 million ransomware attacks were detected by organizations worldwide, phishing attacks were found in approximately 3.4 billion daily spam emails, and the global average data breach cost was $4.35 million. 

“The symposium aims to bring together security professionals from academics, government, and industry to share their knowledge and expertise on emerging cyber threats, raise awareness, and provide helpful information for students and the community,” Anthony Haddad, Administrative Instructor for Cybersecurity Education, said in a press release from the college. 

Symposium speakers include: 

  • Stan Field, CFE, CFCE – Chief Information Officer for the Cumberland County & Cumberland County Cybersecurity Intelligence Group 
  • Dr. Charles Kocher, Professor – Behavioral Sciences and Law & Social Justice Studies, RCSJ 
  • Derrick Jacobus – Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office 
  • Craig Russon, Senior Academic Consultant – CompTIA/Test Out 
  • Jim Sweeney, DIT Cyber Threat Outreach Partnership – NJ Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell 
  • Dan Rafanan, New Jersey State Police 
  • Internet Crimes Against Children Unit/NJ ICAC Task Force 

The symposium topics include Fraud, Digital Forensics and Employee Data Theft, The Importance of Industry Certification, Artificial Intelligence (AI): The Good, The Bad, The Scary, Internet Safety, and Cybersecurity Strategies for Government Employees.

RCSJ encourages cybersecurity professionals, IT managers, students, government officials and anyone interested in cybersecurity to attend this free symposium. 

“The significance of the symposium is to engage and enrich our students and community with best practices on emerging cybersecurity issues and to provide critical information for proactiveness against the threat landscape,” Haddad added. 

According to RCSJ, their cybersecurity program “aims to provide sound academic and information security foundation and awareness about emerging cyber threats in the digital world and showcase our students’ in-depth knowledge and technical skills to various employable institutions.” 

“​​​​​​The Center for Cybersecurity, housed on RCSJ’s Cumberland Campus, is committed to promoting academic excellence in Cyber-Defense Education,” Dr. Fred Keating, president, RCSJ, stated in the press release. “Our Cybersecurity, A. S. program, has achieved the CAE-CD Program of Study Validation from the National Security Agency (NSA). We are proud of this recognition and will continue to work with industry leaders, advisory board members, and faculty to enhance educational offerings to our students that lead to much-needed employment in our community and beyond.”

The Cybersecurity Symposium is a free event. To register visit https://rcsj.wufoo.com/forms/zbla4331c1psn4/. For more information on RCSJ’s Cybersecurity program visit RCSJ.edu/Cybersecurity. 

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