MGA's School of Information Technology Hosts Conference on Cybersecurity Issues

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:09 PM
Categories: Faculty/Staff | Pressroom | School of Information Technology

Macon, GA

Middle Georgia State University's School of Information Technology is hosting its first Cybersecurity Conference, featuring experts on key issues in cybersecurity, on Tuesday, Feb. 14. This daylong event, to be held in the banquet hall of Middle Georgia State's Professional Sciences and Conference Center on the Macon Campus, is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gary D. King, a federal investigator with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) specializing in cybercrime and computer forensics. King has more than 30 years of law enforcement and counterintelligence experience. He serves as deputy chief of Cybersecurity, AFOSI Special Projects, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, District of Columbia. He
is liaison officer to the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force and has been the lead or support agent to multiple high profile intrusion and espionage investigations requiring a cyber expertise.

Topics to be discussed with various speakers include cybersecurity issues in the banking industry, protecting healthcare records, fighting ISIS and dealing with Internet threats.

The conference, co-sponsored by MGA's Knowledge@Work program, will last from 8:15 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Participants may bring their lunches or buy lunch in the MGA cafeteria.

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Spangler, MGA assistant professor of Information Technology, at A Macon Campus map and directions are at

Besides King, speakers include:

• Dr. Philip Craiger, professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Daytona State College, which is designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

• Dr. Chris Nelson, distinguished visiting professor in the Department of Economics and Geosciences, at the United States Air Force Academy.

• Guy Boyle, executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Macon Water Authority and secretary and CFO for Macon Water Environmental Education Inc., a federally designated 501c3 corporation focused on environmental education, community
enrichment and education.

• Dr. Karen Paullet, who teaches cybersecurity at Robert Morris University. In addition, Paullet has spent more than 13 years working with law enforcement preparing cases for trial using digital evidence.

• Capt. Mark Rives, U.S. Public Health Service, is the chief information officer and director of the Office of Information for the Indian Health Service. Rives is responsible for advising senior IHS leadership on all aspects of information resource management and technology and ensures compliance with information technology laws, regulations and policies.

• Daniel Robbins, vice president of Information Security for State Bank & Trust. He is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of cybersecurity measures and monitoring employee behavioral risk. He has focused on information security through
systems management, vendor management, data conversions and technology migration.

• Michael Boston, who has more than three decades of experience in military, business and academia. Boston serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Asymmetric Studies Institute, a partner with the Department of Military Science at The Johns Hopkins University.