SRU Security Studies Program announces annual speaker series


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Feb. 1, 2019

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Department of Homeland and Corporate Security Studies will host its annual speaker series, featuring four experts from the fields of cybersecurity, banking, risk management and human trafficking investigations.

"The Security Speaker Series provides an opportunity to learn from current practitioners in the field, from both the public and private sectors, on their roles within their organizations, current trends in the overall security field, and pathways into those future career tracks," said Jonathan Henry, SRU assistant professor of homeland and corporate securities studies. "Changes in the homeland and corporate security fields are constant and our speakers are the 'boots on the ground' when it comes to how those adaptations occur."

Feb. 5, Steve Mancini, chief technical officer and director of strategic operations for the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a global leader in cyber security and cybercrime forensics training and intelligence sharing, will discuss how to protect and secure vulnerable, virtual assets in the nation's businesses and government sectors from the ever-increasing threat of cyber threats by being able to understand, analyze and predict those threats in advance.

March 5, Steve Gizienski, an assistant vice president, emergency management and business continuity coordinator for First National Bank Corporation, will be address career growth in banking and finance risk management. Gizienski will discuss his role in business continuity and crisis management at FNBC and the banking and finance risk management career field's growth as a result of global banking and finance sectors' need to find a balance between managing risks, complying with regulations and profiting in a competitive field.

April 2, Frank Mulkearns, a supervisory special agent with the Child Exploitation/Human Trafficking/Cyber Crimes investigative group in Pittsburgh; and Brandon Wargo, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations in Pittsburgh, will discuss human trafficking. Mulkearns and Wargo will discuss what human trafficking is, how it is investigated, how victims are supported, and what it takes to become a homeland security investigations special agent.

All speakers will appear at 12:30 p.m. at Spotts World Culture Building, Room 111.

All events are free and open to the public.

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