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Cyber Security Expert Delivers Free Public Lectures

October 14, 2019


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Northwest Nazarene University’s Mathematics & Computer Science faculty will host their fourth annual department lecture series October 24-25, 2019. The series will focus on Cyber Security with NNU alumni Braden Anderson (‘03) as the guest speaker.

Anderson currently works as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for Purdue University, where he is responsible for leading Security Operations, Security Engineering, and Identity and Access Management across the university system.

Throughout Anderson’s career in Information Technology (IT), security has been his primary focus and area of expertise. His early perspectives on security were sparked during his two deployments to Iraq when he was serving as a Signal Officer in the U.S. Army. His information security roots deepened with his transition to Lockheed Martin, where he filled roles across Security Architecture, Security Engineering and Compliance. Most recently, Anderson has been providing thought leadership to the Global 500 clients at Leidos Cyber (formerly Lockheed Martin Commercial Cyber) and KPMG.

“Braden is an excellent communicator who has the ability to take complex technical content and make it interesting, relatable and understandable to anyone,” said Barry Myers, Professor of Computer Science.

The lecture series will include two free, public lectures by Anderson:

• “Cyber Security Survival Guide” on Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the NNU Brandt Center with a dessert reception to follow.

• A technical talk entitled “Winning the Sprint and the Marathon,” on Oct. 25 at 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. in Jackson Lecture Hall (Thomas Health & Science Center, room 138).

During his visit, Anderson will also engage in classroom visits and informal discussions with students. In addition, there will be a Computer Science and Engineering Fair Thursday morning in the Brandt Center Lobby that is open to the public.

For more information, call Audra Butkus at 208-467-8361.