Walsh Faculty Presents at National Cyber Summit

“Agile Cybersecurity Education: Evolving Demands in the Cyber Landscape”

From the ransomware attack in Baltimore to countless national and international data breaches, cybersecurity and keeping our data and systems safe is a focus of Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Walsh Chair and Assistant Professor of IT/Decisions Sciences, and it has been for his entire career. 

“Agile cybersecurity education” is the focus of a presentation Schippers gave at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the summit’s Advanced Manufacturing track. 

Hundreds of cybersecurity professionals from across the country attended the event. The summit has a 10-year history of bringing together government, industry and cyber professionals from across the nation, and connecting senior cyber-tech leaders to those just starting in cyber-tech fields.

Schippers was invited to speak at the National Cyber Summit because of how Walsh is responding to industry demand through its information technology programs. “We’ve taken a different approach to cybersecurity than most higher education institutions,” Schippers says. “We combine academic theory, business acumen, and hands-on skills development. Our graduates have the ability to apply what they have learned immediately in the workplace.”

Schippers explains that most cybersecurity graduates only have home-based technology as a point of reference when they enter the workplace. Walsh students have experience working with enterprise-level equipment in a custom-designed cyber training environment at Walsh’s Troy location. 

“The information that needs to be kept secure is becoming increasingly complex. Most people think it’s just data,” Schippers adds. “It’s not just protecting server data, but also machines on the manufacturing line, medical devices, vehicles, the electrical grid - all things that work in the cyber physical space. We aren’t just protecting our data anymore. We’re protecting our way of life.”

Schippers developed Walsh’s Advanced Team-Based Attack/Defend Techniques class to increase student skills, situational awareness and response capability in hostile cyber environments. Walsh’s Technology Advisory Board members hailed the class as a unique opportunity for students in Michigan to advance cybersecurity skills and awareness.

He also created and designed Walsh’s Automotive Cybersecurity concentration, making Walsh the first institution in the nation with an automotive cybersecurity program.

Whether it’s a major U.S. city, a country, a national retailer or credit reporting agency, cybersecurity is not just about protecting data anymore. “Identity theft, phishing emails and data theft are rampant now," he adds. “Searching for a security breach is similar to a digital manhunt, or CSI on a cyber level.”

Schippers earned his Doctor of Science in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University and his doctoral research focused on source device authentication, assessing engineering and forensic authentication techniques. He earned his MS in Information Systems Management and his undergraduate degree in Information Security and Intelligence with a concentration in digital forensics from Ferris State University. Additionally, he has earned multiple industry certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Encase Certified Examiner (EnCe). He also has a professional investigator license in Michigan.

For more information about Walsh information technology degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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