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Collin College to Host Cybersecurity Conference Benefiting Student Scholarships

Sept. 8, 2014 – Well-known as an industry educator, Collin College will host its first cybersecurity conference, a two-day event benefitting student scholarships and organizations Sept. 26-27 at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

A collaborative effort between the Collin College engineering department and the North Texas Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the event will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Cost to attend is $25.

Conference attendees can choose between consumer and industry tracks, and topics addressed will range from NextGen firewalls and hacking to social media awareness and forensics. Session presenters come from large and established companies, including Raytheon, Dell, GM Financial, Cisco Systems, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, FishNet Security, Inc., FireEye, Accudata Systems, Palo Alto Networks and McAfee.

Dave Galley, director of engineering technology, said cybersecurity is an ever-widening issue in today's society.

"The threat is increasing daily, not just to major corporations, but to consumers. Even tools like social media pose a problem," Galley explained. "People have to understand how to protect themselves. Many of the companies that make protecting us their business are local and will be attending the conference as well."

All proceeds will benefit the student chapter of ISSA at Collin College and scholarships for cybersecurity students. Lunch for both days is included in the cost, and continuing professional education credits are available.

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For more information on the Collin College cybersecurity program, visit .

Collin College serves nearly 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.