SRU hosting five cybersecurity experts for virtual event, Oct. 26


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People can learn best practices, techniques and tools to mitigate cyberattacks at Slippery Rock University’s Cyber Awareness Meet, Oct. 26, via Zoom.

Oct. 22, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's Center for Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing is hosting a virtual event featuring five cybersecurity experts from across the country to help individuals, businesses and organizations defend themselves from cyberattacks. The C2AC's Cyber Awareness Meet is 2-5 p.m., Oct. 26, via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public and attendees can register online.



"We're bringing together experts from industry, academia and research to share best practices, techniques and tools that can be implemented to mitigate cyberattacks," said Nitin Sukhija, SRU associate professor of computer science and director of the C2AC. "There are many attacks happening that are adversely affecting businesses, municipalities and other organizations, and they need to know what to do to address their vulnerabilities. Our goal is to educate people by having information come directly from the experts."

The presentations will include:

  • Welcome and opening remarks by William Behre, SRU president; Abbey Zink, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Michael Zieg, interim dean for the College of Health, Engineering and Science; and Mark Gordon, cheif of economic development and planning, Butler County, 2-2:20 p.m.
  • "Hacking Human: Social Engineering and Cybersecurity," by Rachel Velasco, IBM X-Force Red, 2:15-2:40 p.m.
  • "Efforts to Create a Virtual Cybersecurity Center for Critical Infrastructure," by David Dampier, dean of College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Marshall University, 2:40-3:05 p.m.
  • "Creating Multi-Level Cybersecurity Policies to Access Organization Resources," by Elizabeth Bautista, group lead for the Operations Technology Group, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 3:05-3:30 p.m.
  • "Leading the 4th Industrial Revolution," by Tim Carlisle, project director for cybersecurity at San Francisco International Airport, 3:30-3:55 p.m.
  • "A Scalable and Secure Nearline Disk Archive Storage Architecture for Extreme Scale High Performance," by Purushotham Bangalore, professor of computer science, University of Alabama, 3:55-4:20 p.m.
  • "Mitigating and Preventing Cyberattacks: Techniques, Tools and Best Practices," panel discussion with presenters, 4:20-5 p.m.

For more information about the event, contact Sukhija at 724.738.2143 or More information about the C2AC is available at

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