October 28, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College Center for Information Assurance has launched its Web site in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

According to Terri Rentfro, Professor of Computer Information Systems and center coordinator, students may find a link to the site from the college’s main Web page listed under “Current Students.”

The site contains information about the center, cyber security awareness, programs, and curriculum paths in Information Assurance. There will also be information about the Logan Defenders, the college’s cyber defense team, as well as links to other resources.

“The CIS programs, which are part of the college’s Business Department, have expanded over the last few years to include a popular Computer Forensics program, and new this fall, an Information Assurance program,” Rentfro said. “Cyber Security and Information Assurance are fields that are expecting a 36 percent growth rate through the year 2022.” 

Rentfro said Computer Forensics, and Information Assurance are a natural complement to Logan’s successful Computer Information System and Computer Support and Networking programs.

“We are very fortunate to have Mark Rogers at the college to teach in these fields. I know he has worked in Computer Security since his time in the military.  He is really knowledgeable and has numerous certifications in the field.”

The Center for Information Assurance, with the Logan Defenders and YODA club, have supported National Cyber Security Awareness month with several activities. 

In addition to the introduction of the new Web site, cyber security tips for students have been featured on the campus monitors all month, and the second annual Kid’s Computer Day was hosted by the college on Oct. 17.

Informational sessions for faculty and staff, as well as students, were presented on Monday, Oct, 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Sessions for faculty and staff on cyber security at work were presented by Rogers. 

Sessions for students were presented by members of the Logan Defenders on: “Your Digital Life,” stressing the importance of social media safety. 

“There are some really excellent students in the programs that work hard and give their time and talents to participate in community outreach projects,” Rogers said.

The College’s Center for Information Assurance recently became a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Academic Alliance for the Stop, Think, and Connect program.  This program provides information to K-12 and college students, as well as adults for cyber safety. 

The cyber defense team and YODA club provide community outreach and service projects all throughout the year.  The YODA club and Logan Defenders have held computer service days, gone into local elementary schools to work with students, and participated in the Black Diamond Harley Davidson backpack give-away to talk to parents and kids about cyber safety and cyber bullying.            

The students on the Logan Defender’s team and Mark Rogers or Terri Rentfro are available to speak to local groups and civic organizations on cyber safety or bullying.  If interested, contact Rogers at markrogers@jalc.edu  or Rentfro at terrirentfro@jalc.edu