VINCENNES, Ind. – Hundreds of high school and college students
interested in cyber security, and other areas of information
technology attended an Information Technology Symposium and Showcase
at Vincennes University on Feb. 26.
The theme for the second annual event was Disruptive Technology.
Jaci Lederman, Vincennes University IT Department Chair, opened the
event by defining disruptive technology as a term that describes apps,
gadgets, innovations, and processes that change how we do things. She
further explained, “Disruptive technology is changing our lives on a
daily basis in exciting and amazing ways, and that in the IT
profession it is our goal for the world to think that the term,
disruptive technology, is good.”
The symposium was hosted by the VU Information Technology Department
in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center and focused on the growing
need for IT professionals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and
information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was
higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.
Employment for computer and information technology occupations is
projected to grow faster than average for all occupations through
2026. These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs.
Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud
computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
More than 225 high school students from North Spencer, Perry Central,
East Gibson, South Knox, North Gibson, and Vanderburgh County schools
attended the event.
The symposium included presentations by IT experts, VU staff members,
and featured both an industry panel as well as a student and alumni panel.
Hands-on activities were available in the form of technology booths
were students could see and experience networking hardware, IoT
devices, virtual reality, and cyber hacking techniques.
Joseph Muniz, an architect and security researcher in the Cisco
Security Sales and Engineering Organization, served as keynote speaker
and discussed “Disruptive Technology in Security”.
Additional presentations included; “How can I be Disruptive (in a
good way) in the IT Profession by serving others, and working on
continual improvement of customer service, and team work skills” by
Danny Scott, CIO for Good Samaritan Hospital, and “How can I be
Disruptive (in a good way) with social skills” by Hope Clausman, VU
Department Chair Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.
“The IT Symposium and Showcase was a big success, giving more than
200 students access to industry experts and trending technology right
here on the Vincennes Campus,” Lederman said. “The profession requires
continual learning and open-minded thinking that can be sparked from
attending events like this. The feedback from students was very
positive and I am pleased to see how the event energized their creativeness.”
ABOUT JOSEPH MUNIZ
Muniz is an architect and security researcher in the Cisco Security
Sales and Engineering Organization. He is driven by making the world a
safer place through education and adversary research. He has extensive
experience in designing security solutions and architectures as a
trusted advisor for the top Fortune 500 corporations and US
Government. Muniz is a researcher and industry thought leader.
He speaks regularly at international conferences, writes for technical
magazines and is involved with developing training for various
industry certifications. He invented the fictitious character of Emily
Williams to create awareness around Social Engineering. He runs
thesecurityblogger.com website, a popular resource for security and
product implementation. He is the author and contributor of several
publications including titles ranging from security best practices to
exploitation tactics. His latest title, Digital Forensics for Network
Engineers was released 2018 with two new titles on SOC and VPN coming
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Industry panel featured IT Professionals from various industries:
Heath Murray, IT/Cyber Security Manager for Artisan Electronics
(contractor for Crane Naval Base) – Industry – Department of Defense (DOD).
Corey Ainscough, Director of Information Security for Keller
Schroeder- Industry – Consulting in many industries.
Brent Edwards, Principal Systems Engineer/Solutions Architect for
Round Tower Technologies - Industry – Consulting in many industries
Danny Scott, CIO for Good Samaritan Hospital – Industry Healthcare
Joey Muniz, Security Architect and Researcher for CISCO Americas –
Industry – Cyber Security
Newton Lee, Chief Operating Office for Creative Wisdom Games, and
President of Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships
(IFERS) – Industry – Video Gaming, and Non-Profit IFERS).
Vincennes University Student and Alumni panel featured current VU
Students and Alumni:
Caitlyn Stoltz, AS in Office Technology, currently completing her BS
in Information Technology concentration. Stoltz works in the DOD
Industry as a network engineer for ManTech.
Jake Rumsey, AS in Software Development, BS in Information Technology
concentration. Rumsey works in the manufacturing industry as a
software developer for OFS Brands.
Nick Benedict, AS in Software Development, BS in Information
Technology concentration, MS in Information System. Benedict works in
the communications and tech services industry as an IT service manager
for Agility Communications.
Robert Brummett, AS in Information Technology-Game Development
concentration, BS in Information Technology concentration. Brummett
works in the higher education industry as a software developer for
Christian Swinford, AS in Information Technology-Game Development
concentration, completing BS in Information Technology concentration.
Swinford is lead game developer for Creative Wisdom Games.
Kevin Manion, AS in IT and Cyber Support. Manion works in the
Healthcare Industry as a systems analyst.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.