The Herberger Business School Information Systems department faculty and staff worked with the SCSU student chapter of Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS), the Information Systems club, Cyber Security Information Assurance club, the National Society of Leadership and Success chapter, and the Center for Information Assurance Studies and other campus organizations to provide cybersecurity games, security research, S.T.E.M. professional information and networking presentations for Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), April 11 – 14, 2022. This semester’s sponsors offered participants expanded events.
On Monday, WiCyS student chapter President Samantha Collen shared a number of online Cyber Security Games. She provided fun challenges that tested security knowledge and helped to inform participants about personal cybersecurity. Ms. Collen also hosted an alumnus presentation by Samantha Lee. Ms. Lee presented on maintaining a healthy life balance while working in the fast paced technology career environment. This presentation was recorded and broadcast multiple times during the CSAW week.
On Tuesday, IS department graduate assistants Jude Omo-Ojugo and Salome Pantuvo provided in-person and virtual tours of the Digital Forensics Lab. Mr. Omo-Ojugo shared a Powerpoint on the lab equipment and its uses. The GAs fielded questions and offered hands-on demonstration activities. It was a fun and informative session for all.
On Wednesday, IS faculty, Hazem Farra hosted CSAW Student Research presentations. The diverse offerings included individual and group presentations. Group presenters:
- Sreeja Aleti and Rithvik Panchumarthi, Topic: Cyber Security Awareness;
- Nishika Gopathi and Revanth Pasam, Topic: Investigating the Impact of Cybersecurity Policy Awareness on Employees’ Cybersecurity Behavior;
- Gavin Dutcher and Dylan Wahlstrom, Topic: Healthcare Conversational Agents: Interaction Analysis;
- Samjhana Awal, Topic: Cloud Security;
- Samantha Collen, Topic: Photonics and Data Security.
On Thursday, IS department chair, Dr. Lynn Collen extended a warm virtual welcome to presenters and attendees and thanked co-directors Carol Kaszynski and Dr. Jieyu Wang for their work in organizing Today’s Technology Opportunities for Women Leaders webinar. Carol Kaszynski hosted the virtual event and moderated the question and answer sessions.
Webinar presenters and topics:
- Rebecca Foote, City of Eagan, Topic: GIS and Technology: Mapping Out My Future in the Public Sector;
- Nancy Zeigler, AE2S Engineering, Topic: Water/Wastewater Engineering at a Consulting Firm;
- Carol Blommel-Johnson, Metropolitan Council, Topic: Maintenance to Management;
- Lori Blair, MN Rural Water, Topic: Water and Rural Minnesota;
- Kabby Jones, HDR Engineering, Topic: The Ins and Outs of Project Management;
- Patti Mettler, City of Mankato, Topic: The Function of Wastewater Labs.
- The six S.T.E.M. professionals offered advice and discussed their career paths.
Dr. Collen recognized Kelley Hennen for her work and graphics for the CSAW posters. Dr. Collen also acknowledged support by HBS Dean David Harris, IS faculty: Abdullah Abu Hussein, Jim Chen, Erich Rice, Hazem Farra, Fahmy Jalani, and Jieyu Wang. We look forward to upcoming CSAW events to be held at St. Cloud State University in October 2022.