Hackers, Phishers Spoofers: Oh My!! Can We Keep Our Secrets Safe in a Cyber World?


November 16, 2016 

Not a week goes by that we don’t hear about another cyberattack, whether it is the hacking of credit card numbers from a retailer, stolen e-mails posted on Wiki Leaks or the deliberate take down of a web service provider (DYN).  Can we keep our own information safe or is privacy a thing of the past in the new world of cyber?  Our two speakers help us understand how the cyber world works and steps that might help us all keep our information more secure.

 Corrinne Sande is Whatcom Community College’s Director of Computer Science and Information Systems. Ms. Sande has extensive experience in the field of information security and holds several industry certifications including the SANS Institute certified incident handler and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.  Ms. Sande is also a Principal Investigator for Cyberwatch West, a National Science Foundation funded Advance Technology Education center designed to develop security awareness, career pathways, professional development, and dissemination of best practices related to cybersecurity. Her degree in MLS is from Fort Hays State University.

Shay Colson is a Cybersecurity Engineer at the US Department of Treasury and a cybersecurity consultant. His work focuses on the design and implementation of large-scale new technology deployments, balancing business goals with the realities of achieving security in the modern world.  He holds a graduate degree from Syracuse University, and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington. He has previously worked for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in their Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit, as well as the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms. He has co-founded several technology startups in both New York and San Francisco, and continues to work with clients across the country. He lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington.