Cumberlands to Host Kentucky Cybersecurity and Forensics Conference

Cumberlands University’s Department of Computing and Information Science will host the 2022 Kentucky Cybersecurity and Forensics Conference (KCFC) virtually on November 4, 2022. Register now at Register (

The KCFC is a multi-track cybersecurity event hosted annually by all CAE institutes in Kentucky. The conference functions as an opportunity to network with professionals in the field with the goal of promoting education, collaboration and innovation.

The conference is free and available to everyone, although it may be most beneficial to those working in the fields of information security and digital forensics, such as enterprise security operators, students and researchers and government leaders.

“We live in an age where the internet is king; therefore, knowing how to stay protected is key to survival,” said Dr. Machica McClain, Director of MS in Information Systems Security and MS in Digital Forensic Programs at Cumberlands. “Presenters will share best practices for responding to cybersecurity incidents, and attendees will learn strategies to protect their Internet and communications activities.”

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Barbara Lynne Clark: Chief of the National Centers of Academic Excellence Program Office, and Phillip Ross: Cyber ​​and Geospatial Analytics for the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center.

Participating organizations at this year’s conference include the University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, University of Louisville, Owensboro Community & Technical College, Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, and Murray State University.

Dr. McClain underscored the importance of the conference by explaining that digital criminals are already sharing their own schemes and expertise with each other. Without a similar approach – sharing knowledge, experience and talent with each other – cybersecurity professionals have no chance of keeping up.

Dr Edward Zuger, Dean of the Cumberlands School of Information Technology, added:

“Cybersecurity and digital forensics issues are incredibly complex. They’re essentially cops and robbers, and without cooperation, there’s no hope of staying ahead of the “bad guys.” »

“It’s important to understand what our cybersecurity specialists and digital forensics investigators have encountered since last year’s conference,” McClain added. “Technology is constantly changing, so a conference like KCFC helps us stay ahead of the curve as we move forward to impact lives around the world.”

This is the first year that Cumberlands has hosted the conference. Zuger emphasized the importance of the school modeling the high value of “service and community,” adding that “being able to support each other as a CAE community is critical to the growth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

To register for the conference, visit Registration ( For more information on Cumberlands computer science programs, visit

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