Trio of Penn College faculty present at IT conference

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise at a major information technology gathering. Lisa Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, and Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, presented at the COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization consists of professionals involved with the application of IBM Power Systems and related platforms.

Bock led four sessions: Packet Analysis Using Wireshark for Beginners, Advanced Packet Analysis and Troubleshooting Using Wireshark, Identity Management Using Biometric Technology, and Ethical Hacking for the Curious. She has taught at Penn College for 13 years with courses in security, networking and packet analysis. Bock also is an author for Lynda.com.

Wood offered two classes: The Role of Supervisors in Mitigating Security Threats and Cybersecurity Extends Its Reach Past Technology. In her 12 years at Penn College, she has taught courses related to system analysis and design, database design and administration, information assurance and security, and gaming and simulation.

Leete’s session was Swift 2 App Development. She has taught a range of courses during her 30-year Penn College career, including programming, database, web design, web development and project management.

The college’s strategic initiative fund backed the faculty members’ participation at the exhibition. The fund supports the professional involvement of faculty and staff at national events.

“The information technology sector remains, in many respects, a male-dominated field. With that in mind, we are especially proud that we had three outstanding female faculty members share their considerable expertise at such a major industry gathering,” said David R. Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “They are effective educators and role models for young women.”

Penn College offers bachelor’s degrees in software development and information management, information assurance and cyber security, information technology sciences — gaming and simulation, information technology: network specialist concentration, and information assurance and cyber security.

The college also provides an associate degree in information technology: technical support technology emphasis and a competency credential in national security telecommunications and systems security.

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