June 4, 2004
University of Maine at Fort Kent associate professor of computer science, Raymond Albert, and assistant professor of electronic commerce, Tony Gauvin, will attend an annual conference concerned with improving information security and information assurance education.
Albert and Gauvin will be attending the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), which runs from June 7 through 10, at the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.
The conference provides an opportunity for influential people in industry, government and the academic world to work in collaboration to identify existing and emerging requirements for education in information security.
UMFK recently added a concentration to their computer applications major in information security and assurance. The long term goals of the program are to develop the concentration into a separate major and attain accreditation for the program by the National Security Agency (NSA).
According to Albert, "UMFK is the first university, public or private, in the State of Maine to be pursuing a program of this type and there are only one or two certified programs that currently exist in New England. It is the type of program which is not dependent upon the geographic location of the campus for success; there are opportunities in information security everywhere."
Last summer Albert and Gauvin were two of only 13 college and university faculty members nationwide to participate in a prestigious information security graduate certificate program.
"This conference is an extension of the work that was done last summer at the Information Assurance Education Graduate Certificate program and gives us further opportunity to work in conjunction with our colleagues at gathering important information which is relevant to the programs offered at UMFK," said Gauvin.
Albert noted, "There is a tremendous amount of funding being poured into Information Security and Homeland Security, and the individuals at this conference are the people who can help us get our program headed into the right direction and have the available resources to do so."
Albert was instrumental in developing the original computer applications and the new e-commerce degree programs at UMFK. Gauvin was hired to further develop the e-commerce program and has developed, with the help of colleagues, a complete course of study, several new courses, methods of evaluation, internship opportunities and community outreach programs.
Both faculty members teach courses in UMFK's Northern Aroostook Center for Technology, which houses several computer labs that serve several academic programs.
An advanced computer technology lab houses the latest workstations used in a variety of computer science and e-commerce courses.