Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thomas Nelson’s Stephen Foster, Cyber Security Program Manager, William “Bud” Barnett, Director of Professional & Continuing Education, and Dr. Deborah George Wright, Vice President of Workforce Development; joined Col. Bradley Pyburn, United States Air Force, Senior Cyberspace Leader, Air Combat Command and Thomas Nelson President John T. Dever. 



News of cyber-attacks are all too frequent these days, including a recent cyber-attack at the Pentagon. These incidents are a strong indication that all organizations should be prepared to defend themselves against cybercrimes. Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) is doing its part to ensure business chief executives, policy leaders, government officials and citizens are educated and working together to combat cyber-attacks in Virginia and nationwide.

On Friday, October 9, TNCC presented its fourth annual Cyber Security Conference: “Defending Against Zero Day Attacks” at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton.

“Thomas Nelson is working to address key issues facing our region today through high quality educational and training programs in cyber security.  Working in close consultation with government, corporate, and higher education partners, we are committed to preparing the workforce to meet the needs of this challenging and vitally important field,” stated Thomas Nelson President John Dever.

This year’s conference explored the need for preparation against cyber criminals who attack computer networks with impunity. An important defense in cyber security is preparation, active monitoring, and quick response. Cybersecurity is a discipline that requires highly trained professionals operating with proven best practices and the best available technologies.

For more than four years, Thomas Nelson has provided Cyber Security training to the Virginia Peninsula. Cyber Security course offerings that lead to industry certifications include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Certified Ethical Hacking
  • CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security +
  • Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate

The TNCC program began with new students and career switchers but enrollment is now trending more toward new students coming into the program. For more information on Cyber Security at Thomas Nelson please contact (757) 825-2768;'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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