Two SWTJC instructors attend cyber security conference

Email this article 08/27/2013

SWTJC computer science instructors and department chairs Manuel C. Alejandro of Uvalde and Luis M. Perez of Eagle Pass attended a Cyber Security Conference held at Texas Tech University on Aug. 12-16.

The two SWTJC faculty members were selected to attend the conference following a statewide search conducted by a panel of computer science educators. The conference was funded by the National Science Foundation in an effort to promote cyber security education in colleges and universities.

Included at the conference were classes in cyber security, cyber evidence and forensics, information and data security, network security, software security and small grid security.

The conference was in response to an executive order on cyber security and a presidential policy directive on critical infrastructure security and resilience signed in February by President Obama.

According to Alejandro, chair of the SWTJC computer science department, and Perez, chair of the SWTJC computer information systems department, information gained from the conference will be introduced to students beginning this fall.

"By implementing some cyber security curriculum into our courses we hope to be able to establish partnerships with four-year universities to provide our students an easier transition if they are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in this field," Alejandro said.

Perez added that the conference gave SWTJC instructors the opportunity to network with private and public sector employers in the field.

"The conference provided us numerous professional contacts we can direct our students to if they are interested in seeking employment with private organizations and government agencies in the field of cyber security," Perez said.

Alejandro has been employed at SWTJC for 32 years instructing classes in computer science and business. Perez has been with SWTJC for 13 years in the computer information systems department.

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