A West Virginia University at Parkersburg faculty member
will be a featured presenter at the 2006 Air Force Information
Technology Conference being held at Auburn University.
Doug Weaver, assistant professor of computer science, will give two
seminars during the August 13-17th conference.
Weaver will discuss "Dominating Cyberspace in Developing Countries"
and "Network Security - The Best Defense is a Good Offense with
His cyperspace presentation focuses on the ground floor opportunity
he envisions that the country has to nurture relationships with
developing countries through information technology assistance.
"This strategy, if implemented, would allow the U.S. to build strong
bonds with other countries and would give the U.S. the foundation to
develop its IT/COMM infrastructure against international standards," he
explains. He will cite, as an example, how EUCOM (European
Command), in partnership with the WVANG (West Virginia Air National
Guard) have employed this strategy through humanitarian assistance in
In his seminar on network security, Weaver will consider if the
country's military technical schools are adequately preparing the
military to dominate cyberspace.
His presentation will consider the
difference between traditional training and traditional education as
well as the the effectiveness of each. Weaver, who has experience
with Air Force technical schools, will describe WVU Parkersburg's
nationally recognized Network and Information Systems Security
Engineering degree which combines traditional training method with
education so students not only know the "how" but also the "why" things
work as they do.