FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: May 3, 2002

 Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS professor invited to join NSF advisory panel


SPRINGFIELD – Ted Mims, associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been invited to join a select group of about 50 experts from education, business, industry, and government in a workshop that will address questions of training students in cybersecurity. The workshop is planned for June 26 - 28 in Washington, DC. 

Organized by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation, the program is intended to advise program officers at NSF, college faculty in information technology and related areas, and representatives from business, industry, and government about how resources at community colleges could be harnessed and expanded to contribute to the nation’s educational and workforce needs in computer, network, and information security.

George Boggs, president and CEO of AACC, noted, “We are assembling a small group with diverse backgrounds and expertise because we consider their perspectives to be important. We appreciate their taking this opportunity to serve as advisers to NSF and the nation’s community colleges as we examine this important national issue.”

Technical education about cybersecurity issues is needed in a wide range of fields, including software engineering, network administration, banking, e-business, and law enforcement.  The workshop will explore such questions as what jobs could be filled by people with appropriate two-year degrees or certificates, what relevant courses and programs already exist and what models should be developed, what connections should be made between community college programs and university programs in computer science and information assurance, and what resources would enable community colleges to broaden IT and other offerings to address workforce needs in cybersecurity.