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LCCC Holds Cyber Security Speaker Series for Business

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Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will recognize National Cyber Security Month in October with a series of lunchtime speakers targeted at small and medium businesses and their security needs.

The brownbag lunch series will be held at LCCC’s Allentown site, at the Donley Center, in room 713-1. Topics will address the variety of issues that businesses must grapple with to reduce cyber security risks. Federal legislation was recently passed that requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology to make resources and education more readily available to businesses. LCCC’s Cyber Center is addressing that need.

All of the lunchtime sessions are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, and beverages will be provided. Following are the speakers currently scheduled.

12 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 – “Cyber Security for Small Business,” with Lance Hawk, certified computer security professional. Hawk is president and owner of Computer Forensics and IT Security Solutions, LLC, Allentown, specializing in computer forensics, threat management and IT security solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in computer forensics and investigations.

12 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 – “Blockchain for Everyone,” with Robert Ritter, owner of Sonic Computer Systems. Ritter has worked in information technology in various roles locally since 2004. He is a certified blockchain expert and certified crypto-currency expert. Come learn what a blockchain is and how it can help you.

Additional sessions are planned on Fridays in October to address such topics as how to hire a security contractor, cyber security and education, and cyber security on a shoestring.

Last spring, the college was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, one of only 10 higher education institutions in the state with the designation. In addition to a variety of degrees in computer science, the college offers specific associate degrees that address the cyber security landscape: Computer Specialist - Network Technology and Computer Forensics and Digital Security.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, contact Susan Miner, associate professor, Computer Science and Networking, at sminer@LCCC.edu or 610-799-1027.