More than 200 cybersecurity professionals are expected to attend CornCon IV, the QC Cybersecurity Conference, Workshop, and Kids' Camp, hosted Sept. 7-8 at the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center.
This premiere Midwest cybersecurity conference is held in Iowa each fall to grow the knowledge, skills, and connections between business leaders, IT professionals, and students of all ages.
In fact, it was during the conference last year that Facebook learned about SAU's leading CIS curriculum and faculty, which led the company to follow-up and ask the university to join the Facebook Info Security Program.
St. Ambrose is now one of eight college and university computer science programs across the U.S. to teach a hands-on cybersecurity training class developed for industry insiders by the cyber-savvy organization CodePath.
The 2018 CornCon conference will feature professional workshops and presentations led by information security executives, as well as a vendor expo and hacker village. Local community groups and businesses will join worldwide companies like Deere & Company and Facebook to show off STEM projects and discuss cybersecurity careers with students.
On Sept 7, business leaders and IT professionals can attend a professional development workshop led by information security executives. The all-day event opens with registration at 8 a.m., and runs from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Attendees can earn 7 CPE credits.
The general conference will be held Sept. 8 and opens with registration at 8 a.m. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include expert speakers, hands-on workshops, contests, a vendor expo and the hacker village which will feature drone warz, car hacking, pentesting, lockpicking and more.
In addition, children also get the opportunity to learn about the field of cybersecurity on Saturday. The kids' hacker camp, known as The Children of The CornCon, will introduce 100 kids to two dozen STEM-related activities, including lockpicking, coding, electronics, cryptography, privacy, and the ethical use of technology.
CornCon was launched in 2015 by the Quad Cities Cybersecurity Alliance, in a partnership with the IEEE Computer Society and SAU. Platinum sponsors of CornCon include Symantec, Facebook, Malwarebytes, Conventus and more.
The Sept. 7 professional development workshop includes breakfast and a happy hour. Cost is $100, or attend both days for $135.
Adult CornCon tickets for the Sept. 8 general conference are $50. Tickets include snacks, drinks, and lunch.
Kids Hacker Camp tickets are $25, and children who attend must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times. There is no charge for guardians to attend the kids camp.
Discounts are available to the following groups using these codes: military, MILCCIV; college student/ educator, STUDENT18; IEEE member, IEEE18; QC Chamber members, CHAMBER18. Please provide identification at the door.
St. Ambrose has offered degrees in the computer sciences for 30 years. In addition to Computer and Network Security, SAU students can major in Computer Science, which focuses on programming and software creation, as well as Computer Network Administration, which prepares students to work as network and systems administrators.
At the graduate level, a Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree helps IT professionals hone their professional management skills.