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Club to present lectures on homeland security, cybersecurity at Knight Campus

March 17, 2015

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Club is in the midst of presenting a three-part lecture series at the Knight Campus to help bring awareness of important issues to campus.

The first lecture, on school safety, took place in February. The remaining two focus on issues still relevant on campus, but with much wider scopes: "Terrorism in Our Society" will be presented on March 26 and "Cyber Terrorism" is slated for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 23. Both events will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 1040. They are free and open to the public and any interested students, and snacks and beverages will be provided.

Club president Andrew Bates said Brian Pires, an adjunct faculty member who teaches the "Understanding Terrorism" and "Border and Transportation Security" courses will give the March lecture. Bates said it would aim to help the audience gain a grasp on current events, particularly the situation across the globe with the Islamic State group, as well as how to best prepare for a terrorist attack at home.

Club member Mike Frederick, who is finishing his Homeland Security certificate at the college after recently graduating with his associate degree in Computer Science, hopes to move on from the college to URI, where he wants to study cybersecurity and intelligence. He said that the lecture on Cyber Terrorism, with a speaker yet to be named, was of particular interest to him.
"Cyber security affects us all, whether we realize it or not. Whatever we're involved in, if we're doing any transactions at all on the computer, we have a risk of loss or theft. There are many other insights that professionals can offer that students might not have the knowledge of," he said.

Bates said that in addition to the lecture series, the club has held field trips to the National Weather Service office in Taunton and the Federal Emergency Management Agency this year. It also is in the midst of running a Community Emergency Response Team training course, which is populated by about 12 students from the Law Enforcement, Emergency Management and Homeland Security programs. Once finished, the students are hoping to establish a team at the college that can help in times of crisis or emergencies.

For more information on the club or its activities, email Emergency Management program director Joe Arsenault.


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