IA Outreach

The CIS Department and its faculty members have presented numerous seminars and programs on various security related topics.  The attendees have included community members, educators, business professionals and government employees. 

Security for the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO)

Faculty member Bob Sherman has presented a non-credit and no cost seminar to community members on methods to increase security at home and in the small office/home office environment.

Linux Install Fest 

Local Linux users and security professionals participated in a free, non-credit day long session to increase awareness and proficiency in this operating system.  Attendees were able to install and configure Linux on their own systems to create a secure computing environment.


itWORKS.OHIO, a state wide project under the direction of the Ohio Board of Regents and the state Deartment of Education, attempts to determine core competencies needed in Information Technology.  Sinclair CC and the CIS Department have been key participants in this effort.  Department faculty members have presented at the state conference on many occasions.  Bob Sherman's presentation on Cryptography and Steganography to education professionals from across Ohio representing K-12 districts, community colleges and four year institutions is available below.

Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (CISSE)

Sinclair CC and the CIS Department collaborated with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright Patterson Air Foce Base (WPAFB) to host workshops for attendees at the June 2011 CISSE Conference.  Attendees were instructed on mobile device security, mobile device forensics, ethical hacking and other topics in day long sessions prior to the conference.

Girls in IT

Sinclair CC and the CIS Department have been the leaders across the state of Ohio in encouraging young women to consider careers in Information Technology.  In each of the past six years a day long seminar has been held each fall on campus in which young women hear speakers on a variety of topics in IT and are connected with women professionals in the IT field from around the greater Dayton area.  More details about this year's Girls in IT conference are available. 


A student lead outreach effort has been initiated to diagnose, repair and secure PCs owned by other students, faculty or staff.  Started as a Capstone experience for students, this free service has been remarkably successful and has result in nearly 250 service issues resolved in the fall quarter of 2011.  The effort is now ongoing and experiencing significant growth.  SCOPE.

Community Outreach 

In his dual role as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the college and as adjunct faculty member in the CIS Department, Dan O'Callaghan has spoken at numerous meetings both internally and externally.  This outreach has been critically important in educating hundreds about the importance of securing our data, our computers and our networks.    A partial listing of organizations and topics would include:

  • Dayton Technology First CIO Council:  Security Awareness for Employees
  • Dayton Information Security Forum:  Helix - A toolkit for Forensic Investigations
  • Ohio Two Year Colleges Technology Council:  A Cybersecurity Collaboration Framework
  • Dayton Regional Transit Authority:  Identity Theft (Are you an easy target?)
  • Greater Dayton IT Alliance CIO Council:  Identity Management
  • Sinclair CC:  Digital Records Security
  • Sinclair CC:  Protect Your Home PC from Internet Threats
  • Sinclair CC:  Information Security for Employees