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News | Sept. 19, 2014

iCollege Faculty Lead Cyber Seminars for Government Officials from Latin America

By Gilliam Duvall iCollege

Two of the iCollege's esteemed Cyber faculty provided a two-part cyber lecture

series for 40 students from Latin America at the William J. Perry Center for

Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) at the National Defense University as part

of the "Perspectives of Homeland Security and Defense" course (PHSD) on

September 16 & 17, 2014. The PHSD is a four-week course for senior executives

from institutions in Latin America that deal with homeland security and


Professor Gil Duvall, Engr., gave a presentation on "Cybersecurity and

Cyberterrorism" which analyzed the difficult challenges of technical and

policy considerations on a set of issues in detecting and deterring existing

threats in the cyberspace and implementing effective safeguard measures.  This

was followed on the second day by Professor John Saunders, Ph.D., with a

presentation on "Industrial Control System and SCADA Vulnerabilities," which

examined international communications and technology (ICT) issues essential to

preserving a nation's critical infrastructures and key resources.

The PHSD course begins with a two-week distance learning phase followed by a

two-week resident phase conducted at the William J. Perry Center in Washington

DC. and in USNORTHCOM Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The course

permits participants to analyze and compare the nature and the scope of

transnational perspectives on homeland security and defense; including

considerations for border security, preservation of critical infrastructure,

response to terrorism, interagency coordination, maritime and port security,

nuclear plant safety, cyber crime, and continuity of government.

Gil Duvall speaking
                   Gil Duvall speaking at CHDS

 Questions about the college's Cyber Security program should be directed to the college's

cyber chairperson, Dr. Jim Churbuck, at