Current State of Cyber Security and How to Hire/Build a Talented Workforce
This Webinar is Offered in Partnership with the HCC Center For Entrepreneurship 

Join Director Samir Saber of HCC's Digital Information Technology Continuing Education program, Dean Sean Otmishi of HCC's Digital Information & Technology Center of Excellence, and Pierluigi Stella, Co-founder of Network Box USA, and Kathie Herod, Faculty & Senior Network Analyst for an overview of the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. and its impacts on small businesses locally.
Also, learn how to hire and build the necessary IT talent to support your small business.
Lastly, learn of the trends in security issues with emphasis on the healthcare, banking and education sectors.

  • Learn and be informed about the current state of cybersecurity in the U.S.
  • Learn how to navigate and identify the right IT certification and talent you need to safeguard your business from cyber threats.
  • Learn of the latest Cyber Security trends from the Black Hat and DefCon 2020 conferences.
  • Learn best practices to protect your small business.

Moderator: Ravi Brahmbhatt, HCC Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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                                                   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Monday, August 10, 2020
From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

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Our Mission: Help Small Businesses Succeed.
Our Mantra: We educate, counsel, mentor.

Founded in 1964, SCORE is a non-profit association and a Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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  Samir Saber, Director of Continuing Education, Houston Community College
  Samir Saber is the Continuing Education Director for Information Technology at   
  Houston Community College. He serves on the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Before his
  current role at HCC, Samir served as the Networking & Cyber Security division
  chair. Samir played a significant role in helping HCC achieve the Center of
  Academic Excellence – 2 Year College (CAE-2Y) designation by the National   
  Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security in 2017.  As an educator, Samir holds many industry certifications, including CISSP, CCSP, CCNA Security, Linux+, and Server+, and has been teaching for over nine years and is particularly interested in blockchain technology and cloud-based technologies. As a digital entrepreneur, Samir has founded an award-winning company, TuiSpace, LLC, in 2009 which focuses on web design, development, branding, and 3D animations. Samir is passionate about helping students and the community.

  Sean Otmishi, Dean, Digital Information Technology, Houston Community   
  Dean Otmishi is a higher education leader with over 20 years of professional   
  experience in Information Technology, workforce development, curriculum
  management, and faculty and organizational development. Sean has taught
  courses in the area of Information Assurance, networking, and Server
  Administration. He has given numerous workshops and seminars on topics related to Cybersecurity, Future IT Workforce, and educational innovation. He is Doctoral Student in Community College Leadership in Higher Education at Ferris State University. He holds a Graduate degree in Computer Information Systems (M.Sc.) from University of Houston Victoria and Undergraduate in Management Information Systems (B.Sc.) University of Houston Clear Lake. Currently Sean serves as the Dean of Center of Excellence Digital &  
Information Technology at the Houston Community College.

  Pierluigi Stella, Co-founder, Network Box USA, LLC
  After 15 years at IBM, Pierluigi Stella co-founded Network Box USA (the American    division of Network Box Corporation Ltd) in 2003. As CTO, he has extensive 
  knowledge of security issues with emphasis on the healthcare, banking and
  education sectors. A regular on the editorial circuit, Stella has been featured in   
  numerous publications, such as SC Magazine, USA Today,,,Tech News World, PC Mag and  PC Today to name but a few Level 1 titles. Frequently featured as an Expert Contributor on, CU tech-talk, CU bank trends and, he has also been profiled in the Houston Business Journal as well as Houston Public Radio.
In the year 2008, Stella was a contributor to the European Networks and Information Security Agency (ENISA)’s “Cloud Computing Risk Assessment” project which analyzed data protection and data security issues.
Stella has presented, among others, at HOU.SEC.CON18/19, Houston Cyber Summit 2018/19, WHO2020, HIMSS National 2018, and the ISACA/IAOP 2011 Risk Management & Data Security World Conference in Denver.
He holds a Master’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Naples, Polytechnic School of Engineering in Naples, Italy.
Stella has received numerous industry recognitions for notable career achievements in addition to being the recipient of excellence awards for innovative design.

  Kathie Herod, Faculty & Senior Network Analyst, Houston Community   

  Kathie  is a higher education senior cybersecurity analyst and faculty member
  with over 10 years of experience in IT Security and Training.  Kathie
  currently teaches CCNA 1 – 4, CCNP 1 – 4, Cisco Wireless, Cisco Academy at
  Houston Community College.  Kathie is a Project Management Institute member,
  a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CCNA Bridge, CCNP Bridge.