Small and large businesses all face the same issues when it comes to protecting their electronically-stored information. In this first installment of CCBC’s speaker series, community members are invited to learn how to manage cyber security and privacy regardless of budget.


The Cyber Security Speaker Series is April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the College’s Learning Resources Center, conference room 103. The event is free and open to the public, including individuals and businesses. A partnership between students in an Event and Media course, faculty and staff members, the Speaker Series helps students to learn hands-on how to plan, execute and promote an event as well as work with various departments on campus.


“I always look for ways to collaborate with other faculty so that students can be engaged in relevant projects,” says Carl Dennis, Assistant Professor, Cyber Security, at CCBC.


In addition to students taking the Event and Media course, students currently enrolled in a Social Media course are utilizing Twitter and blog posts to promote the event.


“Collaboration is happening at the College,” says Mary Jo Slater, Associate Professor of Office Technology. She continues, “The students brainstormed to create a timeline to make this a successful event and determined an audience for the topic of cyber security.”


Scott C. Zimmerman, CISSP, Information Security Engineer Leader at Computer Sciences Corporation, will present on the topic of how small, medium and large businesses can manage security on their budget and environment. Zimmerman has been an information security practitioner, researcher, and leader for over twenty years. He is a veteran and a former defense contractor who now works in the private sector. He is also legal editor and a featured author for Digital Forensics Magazine. He has presented at numerous industry and educational events.


Drew Kleibrink, Mid-Atlantic Director at IMSM, will present on the topic of information security and privacy. Kleibrink works with a team of qualified assessors to help businesses as small as five people and major corporations to attain ISO certifications. Specialties include quality, environmental, information technology, medical device, occupational health and safety, aerospace, automotive, and food safety certifications.


By bringing these speakers to campus, Dennis is hoping to provide all who attend with a better knowledge of the importance of cyber security.


“I want to make the businesses in the region, students, novices, and entrepreneurs aware of the importance in securing data and computers against hacker,” explains Dennis.


For more information or to register for the event, call 724-480-3552 or email You can also follow the event on Twitter through #CCBCSpeakerSeries.