TU hosts major cyber confab

PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY Scott Blough, executive director for the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics at Tiffin University, speaks at the 8th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium at TU Monday.

Experts in cybersecurity descended on Tiffin University for the 8th Annual Maritime Risk Symposium Monday and today.

“It is quite an honor for a smaller university, like TU, to host this event after years of residency on much larger campuses,” said Scott Blough, executive director for the Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics at TU and national co-chair of the symposium.

The symposium has been hosted by institutions such as University of Southern California, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Stevens Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The theme of this year’s event is “Cyber Security in the Maritime Transportation System.” Organizers developed panels and plenary sessions that highlight some of the most challenging cybersecurity issues in the maritime community.

Threats include from adversaries include state- and local-sponsored hacker groups, terrorists, transnational crime groups and insider threats.

“It is a hot topic,” Blough said.

State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, kicked off the event Monday. He said the big concern in the industry is getting the talent pool established and those certified to do what is needed.

He said one initiative the state is working on is putting together a cybersecurity range at University of Cincinnati that teaches and certifies those in cybersecurity and connects with other universities and all the way down through K-12 institutions.

Perales retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1997. His military career included serving as commander of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Other panelists included experts from computer science, data, physical security, policy, legal, practitioners and regulators.

“I believe it speaks volumes to the strong reputation of the degree programs TU offers in cyberdefense and the education we deliver to our students,” Blough said.

TU President Lillian Schumacher said TU has a long history of being on the cutting edge and innovation in attractive fields and is committed to student success.

TU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in cyberdefense and information assurance, government and national security, digital forensics, homeland security and terrorism, intelligence and security studies.