IACIS Conference: PTC faculty members’ published research impacts the advancement of PTC students
On October 8, 2020, the 60th Annual International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) Conference will bring together industry leaders across the world to discuss research ideas and findings in the Information Systems field. Among those industry leaders are four current PTC faculty members and one former PTC faculty member. John Scarpino, David Hertz, Lee Cottrell, Wilfred Mutale, and Mel Tomeo were accepted to present the following research: “Analyzing College Students’ Pre-Knowledge and Post-Knowledge of Embedded Software Security and Its Impact Towards Future Internet of Things (IoT) Developments.”
In addition to being selected to present their research at the conference, their research was accepted into the scholarly journal “Issues in Information Systems” (IIS) which is a refereed (double-blind peer review) publication (ISSN 1529-7314) published by the “Taylor and Francis” list of journals, and was given the Best Paper (Pedagogy) award. One of the PTC faculty members presenting, David Hertz, commented, “This publication sets us apart by establishing the standard for PTC research moving forward. It lets other institutions and the academic world know what PTC is capable of and will be striving for in the future. PTC’s focus and ability to conduct original research will only get stronger moving forward.” Mr. David Hertz also received an Abstract acceptance for the IACIS conference for his research on “Study of the Security of Commercial Drones.”
The purpose of their study is to compare the results between two different colleges regarding how college students in Computer Programming (CP) and Information Technology (IT) perceive security issues related to how the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a role in their majors. IoT describes the network of physical objects—“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the Internet. Their findings showed that students believed exposure of private information was important to IoT security and that IoT vulnerabilities have changed over the last 5 years. Security issues within IoT are part of the challenges facing this universal emerging technology implemented within software.
“Kudos goes to the full team of authors who work tirelessly getting this completed while ensuring their academic duties. Ultimately this research work impacts the PTC students’ growth and advancement. Look for more to come out from Pittsburgh Technical College.”
– Dr. John J. Scarpino, Academic Chair for the School of Information Systems and Technology
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