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MCC Hosts "Days of Cybersecurity" Summit

Posted: March 31, 2016

Information is power, and in the 21st century, protecting electronic information and assets has become big business. Manchester Community College is offering a three-day summit for the public, students and staff who are interested in learning more about the field of cybersecurity and what it takes to fend off potential attacks online. The event, scheduled for April 5-7, will feature some of the state’s top voices in cybersecurity, local and state law enforcement and business leaders who have sobering stories to tell about cyber-crimes in our community.

“As the emphasis on technology increases in our society, we must recognize the security threats that face all of us from those who wish to steal valuable information and do damage to businesses and individuals; the threat is real,” explains MCC professor Peter La Monica, certified forensic analyst. La Monica spent more than 20 years working for Computer Information Systems at the U.S. Postal Service, and a decade in the Digital Evidence Unit of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Now, he leads the college’s forensic program which is attended by 120 students. Cybersecurity classes are among the fastest growing and La Monica says the career field is exploding with employers who are hungry for people who know how to defend sensitive information.

The FBI will have an information table for students and local businesses interested in learning more about cybersecurity. The three-day event also features Eric Carter, senior vice president and head of the credit card fraud unit for Bank of America. Students will learn about the world of cybersecurity, including an opportunity to extract data from a cell phone in what will be a truly eye-opening demonstration. Business leaders are encouraged to attend seminars on how to avoid digital fraud and scams. The full schedule of events is below.

“This program is designed to highlight the skills needed for the in-demand digital workforce,” says Susan Huard, President of Manchester Community College. “We hear from businesses constantly about finding qualified people to lead their cybersecurity efforts.”

MCC "Days of Cybersecurity" Events Schedule

Tuesday, April 5th
9am-11am Computer Hardware class
10am-11am MSAB Smartphone Forensics and Mobile Device Link Analysis (.XRY)
11am-12pm Credit Card Fraud, Presented by Eric C. Carter, Sr. VP, Bank of America
12:15pm-1:05pm NSA Day of Cyber Class
9:30am-2:30pm
(on the half hour)
Cyber Students: PC Forensics Demo and Drive Wiping
9am-3pm
(on the hour)
Hard Drive Demo: See the insides of a hard drive and learn how it works
Wednesday, April 6th
9am-1pm Mobile Device Analysis Lab: Students will extract data from cell phones and other mobile devices for visitors to watch. No visitor phones will be analyzed.
10am-12pm FBI/NH State Police Present: Current Cyber Threats
11am-3pm Chip-Off Demonstration: Removing memory chips and extracting data from damaged devices
1pm-1:50pm NSA Day of Cyber Class
2pm–3pm FBI Career Opportunities
Thursday, April 7th
10am-11am Microsoft Presents: Avoiding Digital Fraud & Scams
12:15pm-1:15pm  Microsoft Presents: Avoiding Digital Fraud & Scams 
1:30pm-2:20pm NSA Day of Cyber Class
2pm-3pm Microsoft Presents: Avoiding Digital Fraud & Scams
9:30am-2:30pm
(on the half hour)
Cyber Students: PC Forensics Demo and Drive Wiping
9am-2pm
(on the hour)
Hard Drive Demo See the insides of a Hard Drive and learn how it works