Penn College IT class to help public fight cybercrime

Last year, an all-time high 4.2 billion records were exposed from reported data breaches worldwide, according to Risk Based Security. With cybercrime becoming an increasing threat to both businesses and individuals, information technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are determined to act.

Granted, students in the college’s Support Center Procedures and Practices class don’t boast IT superpowers, but they do possess considerable knowledge. They will share that expertise during a free public event, “Tech Savvy, Tech Smart,” scheduled for 7 p.m. April 19 in the presentation room of the college’s Student and Administrative Services Center.

The students will deliver a series of identity protection tips before hosting small breakout sessions for participants to ask their individual cybersecurity questions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices to facilitate problem-solving. Light refreshments will be served.

“Of course, there is a great need to address cybersecurity issues and concerns,” said Lisa R. Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology and instructor of the Support Center Procedures and Practices class. “I also wanted to create an assignment that provided an experience to help students understand the complexities of planning an event from start to finish. Because there are several security students in the class, I thought it would be a great opportunity to conduct a community outreach program on security.”

Cybersecurity is one of Bock’s areas of expertise. She serves as an author for LinkedIn Learning, a repository of video tutorials, and her security courses have been viewed by people in 89 countries.

“I applaud Lisa’s dedication to this subject and her students’ effort to organize a valuable opportunity to share information and advice with the public,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “We are all potential cybercrime victims. I’m hopeful that attendees will be better equipped to protect themselves as a result of the ‘Tech Savvy, Tech Smart’ event.”

The students organizing the event are information technology: network specialist concentration majors Andrew J. Brady, of White Deer; Alex J. Hackenberg, of Middleburg; and Evan T. Seipp, of Levittown; information technology: technical support technology emphasis majors Legend L. Cox, of Williamsport; and Jonathan R. Laza, of Williamsport; information assurance and cyber security major Matthew P. Bikle, of Bechtelsville; software development and information management major Mitchell T. Hoffman, of Northumberland; and applied management major Sarah J. Zuhlke, of State College.

Additional information on “Tech Savvy, Tech Smart,” can be obtained by emailing Hoffman at