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Cyber security symposium at Claflin today

Claflin University will serve as host to a South Carolina Department of Education one-day symposium on cyber security on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Next Steps for Cyber Security in South Carolina will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Iowa Room of the James S. Thomas Science Center at Claflin. Special guests will include Tom Scott, executive director of S.C. Cyber, and Tony Dillon, education associate, of the South Carolina Department of Education. The opening session will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Lt. Britt Dove of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division s Computer Crime Center discussing his agency s role in cyber security.

Chris Bomar, a special investigator for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, will discuss The Impact of Cyber Forensics on the State of South Carolina. At 10 a.m., Dr. Cheryl Swanier and Dr. Barbara Speziale will present The Role of Colleges and Universities with Cyber Security Initiatives. Swanier is chair of Claflin s Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences and the Henry N. and Alice Carson Tisdale Endowed professor. She is also an associate professor of computer science. Speziale is an associate dean of undergraduate studies and director of the Creative Inquiry Office. She is also director of Clemson s Watt Family Innovations Center. The 10:30 a.m. session will feature information on Gen Cyber Camps from Bill Littleton, a cyber forensics specialist with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

Col. Dave Coldren of the S.C. National Guard will give an Overview of Student Competitions Available for Middle Schools and High Schools. The morning session s final presentation at 11 a.m. will be An Overview of Curriculum Resources Available for Middle Schools and High Schools by Chuck Brooks, vice president for government relations and marketing for Sutherland Securities. At 12:30 p.m., Dr. Nikunja Swain and Shaun Moorer will conduct a tour of the Cyber Security Lab at South Carolina State University. Swain is chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at S.C. State. Moorer is a network administrator as SCSU.

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At 1 p.m., Glenn Starkman will present Overview and Vision of Node SC. He is chief operations officer and co-founder of Soteria Security. Robert Crenshaw, executive director of Apprenticeship Carolina, will speak at 1:30 p.m. on The Importance of Apprenticeships. A panel discussion at 2 p.m., Apprenticeships in South Carolina, will be moderated by Lonnie Emard, executive director of IT oLogy.

The panelists will be Girish Seshagiri, chief technology officer and vice president of ISHPI Information Technology; Glenn Starkman, chief operations officer and co-founder of Soteria Security; and Dr. Leigh Armistead, president of Peregrine Technical Solutions. The symposium s final presentation at 3 p.m., Meeting the Threat Report, will offer recommendations for how to assess and resolve cyber security problems. For more information, contact Tony Dillon, S.C. Department of Education, at 803-734-7168 or

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