Cyber Crime Conference

Western Carolina University will sponsor the Western North Carolina Regional Computer Security Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel.

The conference will focus on identifying threats to computer network infrastructures, how to assess vulnerabilities in information systems, and the basics of computer and information security.

“Cybercrime, cyberterrorism and information warfare are now a reality,” said William Perry, professor of computer information systems and economics at WCU and faculty sponsor for the conference. “This conference is specifically designed to alert individuals who are owners and operators of critical information infrastructures across the region to the computer security challenges they now face.”

Featured speakers will include U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, who will discuss “How Information Security for Private Businesses and Public Organizations Has Become a Matter of National Security,” as well as speakers from the National Information Protection Center, eSecurity Inc., Infragard and the U.S. State Department.

Other presentations will include:

• “How Is Critical Information Technology Infrastructure Being Protected?”

• “Cyberterrorism: From 13-Year-Old Perpetrators to Rogue Nation Saboteurs”

• “What Should be Included in Your Computer Security Plan?”

The cost of the conference is $65, which includes lunch.

For more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Summer School at (828) 227-7397 or toll free (800) 928-4968. Registration forms also are available online at