UMUC Professor to Speak at the 2007 Information Assurance Conference of the Pacific

(ADELPHI, Md.) – University of Maryland University College (UMUC) announced today that its Executive Director of the Security Studies Laboratory, Don Goff, PhD, will serve as a keynote speaker at the Information Assurance Conference of the Pacific (IACP) on June 12. Dr. Goff will present "The Changing Cyber Threat" brief to Information Assurance Professionals attending the four day conference in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.


The conference, attended by over 300 IA Professionals, will have over 30 speakers from the Department of Defense, National Security Administration, Defense Information Systems Agency, Academia, and civilian businesses located in Hawaii. As such, these personnel and high level executives will have the opportunity to share professional notes and improve their ability to protect their information assets.


The purpose of the conference serves to educate hundreds of professionals in the Information Assurance field. With the increased dependence on information technology systems, there are more opportunities for hackers, enemies or criminals to steal, modify or prevent the use of these systems if they are not adequately protected. The IACP will focus on the impact of IA technologies, policies and activities of the IA professional and his/her ability to support the complex electronic systems the military uses today and for the armed forces that rely on electronic systems during battle.


“We are thrilled to have Dr. Goff speak on the development of cyber threats, as well as the criminal actions illicitly used to gain unauthorized access,” said Brigadier General Jennifer Napper, communications system director of the United States Pacific Command. “Dr. Goff has an extraordinary information assurance background, and his knowledge is vital to the Information Assurance Community.”


Previously, Dr. Goff was Director of Federal Government Affairs for AT&T, Chief of Staff to Congressman John E. Porter (R, 10-IL),  Executive Director of the Select Joint Committee on Regulatory Agency Reform, and Legislative Liaison for Governor James R. Thompson of Illinois.  He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, having served 27 years in a variety of command and staff positions. Dr. Goff has been an independent consultant specializing in the application of advanced information technologies to business problems, particularly in information warfare and distance learning.As a corporate executive, he gained experience with the vulnerabilities of the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure and was involved in responses to two catastrophic failures.  As a military reservist, he developed methods and doctrines for tracking and responding to terrorist and rear area attacks. Dr. Goff received his PhD from NorthwesternUniversity, Evanston, Illinois in 1991, his Masters from the University of Illinois in 1970, and his Bachelors from WesternIllinoisUniversity in 1969.


“UMUC is honored to have Dr. Goff speak on its behalf of Information Assurance,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of University of Maryland University College. “His expertise in the area and diligence to expand the technology is part of the reason UMUC has the nation's largest academic program in information security and is also the largest provider of online courses to members of armed forces at home and abroad.”


About University of MarylandUniversityCollege

UMUC is the second-largest university in Maryland, serving 90,000 students and offering undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. As demand grows for flexible, high-quality degree programs, the Board of Regents projects that UMUC’s enrollments will grow by 101 percent by 2015. In addition, UMUC is the 12th largest degree-granting university in the United States, is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation, and is a unique provider of degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels related to homeland security. The university offers room-based instruction at 20 locations throughout the Washington, DC metro area.

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