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Cybersecurity: Understanding Threats and How to Manage and Reduce Risk

This session aims to instill a better understanding of: what cyber security is, what the common threats are, how attacks occur, and what we can do to improve our cyber security protocols at our respective agencies. Moreover, to overcome the understandable confusion, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework will be presented; this framework is “based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices for organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk. In addition to helping organizations manage and reduce risks, it was designed to foster risk and cybersecurity management communications amongst both internal and external organizational stakeholders.”

Cybersecurity has become everyone’s responsibility. The security of data and computer systems under the stewardship of Community Action Agencies across the Commonwealth has become an organizational charge approaching the same degree of responsibility as fiscal and community-service matters. This session intends to bring everyone into the cyber-conversation and hopefully provides just enough material so individuals can overcome any personal apprehension about the path forward for your agency as it pertains to the cyber threat we all face.

Dr. Terrill Frantz is an Associate Professor of eBusiness and Cybersecurity at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU). He was first captivated by computer software and programming as a teen in 1974 and has been engaged with software in countless forms and applications ever since. Recently, he pivoted to a focus on the security aspects of computer systems with specialties in organizational management issues and technology aspects of the Internet-of-things and blockchain smart contracts. Dr. Frantz holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an Ed.D. in Organization Change from Pepperdine University, along with having earned MBA and MS degrees along the way. Having lived in both Delaware and Allegheny counties, he and his family have recently settled in Harrisburg to establish some notion of balance; this, after having lived and worked in China for 15 years. Presently, he is the Program Lead for the B.S. in Cybersecurity Management and Operations degree at HU.