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2009.03.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

First Cyberspace Conference in Omaha to Feature UNO Faculty, Students

Omaha - Three faculty members from the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will serve as discussion facilitators during the 2009 Cyberspace Symposium, April 7-8 at Qwest Center Omaha.

Dorest Harvey, Blaine Burnham and Alex Nicoll will represent the college as discussion facilitators. Harvey is an executive in residence with IS&T. Dr. Burnham is executive director of NUCIA (the Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance). Nicoll is a senior research fellow who also teaches Information Assurance courses at U.S. Strategic Command.

The U.S. Strategic Command and the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Association have organized the first-of-its-kind conference.

Additionally, the conference fees for up to 20 UNO students will be paid for by the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and NUCIA.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for some of our students to be exposed to the latest issues in computer security and cyber warfare,” said Dr. Bill Mahoney, an IS&T assistant professor. “It was an obvious move for us to sponsor these participants, given the relationship between the Strategic Command and the local community. We’re excited that PKI and NUCIA are providing the means for these students to participate.”

The conference combines military, government, industry and academic thought leaders to examine different approaches to recruit, train, develop and retain cyber expertise and leadership.

During the conference, senior Department of Defense, U.S. and allied government, industry and academia speakers will share their perspectives with attendees about advancing cyberspace capabilities.

Attendees will gain awareness about industry best practices, common threats and vulnerabilities of .com, .mil, .edu, .org, .gov Internet domains, and strengthening joint cyberspace relationships.

Among the many conference speakers will be Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander U.S. Strategic Command, and Scott Charney, corporate vice president of Trustworthy Computing for Microsoft.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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