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  • Job title of nominated professional: Associate Professor
  • Company (where nominated professional or team is working): College of Technology, University of Houston
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  • Company size (employees): 5,000
  • Country: United States

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

Education program recognized as a DHS / NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
Recognized research in SCADA security
Active in professional societies, Fellow in ISSA, Senior member IEEE and ACM

In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category

Created professional Masters Degree program in cybersecurity with specialty areas of digital forensics, SCADA security and Risk Analysis. 10 year track record of producing career ready professionals across a wide range of cybersecurity jobs. Holds Security+, CISSP, CSSLP, CRISC, DFCP, GICSP, CASP, and CDSP certifications. . He has co-authored six security books and numerous academic articles associated with information security. He has presented at numerous conferences including RSA, BSides (numerous), and academic conferences. He is a minitrack co-chair for Information Security mini-track at the HICSS confenece. He is active in the DHS sponsored Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) efforts associated with workforce development and cybersecurity aspects of industrial control systems. He has an extensive background in secure coding and is a former co-chair of the DHS/DoD Software Assurance Forum working group for workforce education, training and development.

14 Responses to “Wm. Arthur Conklin, PhD”

  1. David Perry on February 8, 2016

    I have known Art for years and have co written and presented papers with him in San Francisco at RSA and in Washington DC. Art is the real deal.

  2. Vern Williams on February 8, 2016

    Art combines technical knowledge, great teaching and speaking skills with an entrepreneurial passion. It would be fitting for Art to receive this acknowledgement of his contribution to numerous security organizations as well as his department.

  3. Jon Pope, CPA on February 8, 2016

    A true educator that understands security technology and how to apply it within the organization.

    I am amazed at how clear his explanations are related to the technology within the entitiy.

  4. Danny on February 8, 2016

    I’ve been educated, mentored, and influenced by Dr. Conklin for many years and I consider him to be an educator of students in not only in Cybersecurity, but also someone who challenges his students to think, above all. We both were former sailors and I consider him the epitome of what military service, valor, and distinction. I whole hearted support Dr. Conklin for this nomination!

  5. Deborah Roebuck on February 8, 2016

    Good luck.

  6. Javeria Pirzada on February 8, 2016

    He definitely deserves to be the educator of the year! He’s the best!

  7. Robert K. Abercrombie on February 8, 2016

    Dedicated to education at college and professional levels.

  8. Gerry McGreevy on February 8, 2016

    (I wanted to vote 5 stars, but was only allowed to put 4.5).

    As a former educator, faculty mentor and department chair then turned student under Dr. Conklin, I hold his professionalism, knowledge and mentor-ship in the highest esteem. His technical lessons and professional advise have guided my career, and he is a prolific contributor to the cybersecurity community. He is most deserving for any award for Cybersecurity Excellence.

  9. Jon L. Pope, CPA on February 8, 2016

    A true educator and one of most knowledgeable security experts.

  10. Mark Weatherford on February 8, 2016

    Dr. Conklin is an excellent Professor and a fine example for his students. He is most deserving of this Excellence Award.

  11. Mary Ann Davidson on February 8, 2016

    An ounce of education is worth a pound of remediation. Art is a force for good in the universe and working on The Number One Security Problem – which is improving education to ensure that designers,builders and users of IT systems understand that systems will be attacked, so they must be designed,built, and deployed accordingly. I can’t think of anybody who is more worthy of recognition for his stellar and oh-so-needed efforts.

  12. Amy Jones on February 9, 2016

    I’ve worked with Dr. Conklin as his research administrator, and I can say he holds himself to the highest standards. He is passionate about producing excellent security professionals, and he also has the very endearing quality of treating everyone with respect and dignity.

  13. Deniz Gurkan on February 9, 2016

    Art has a sharp focus on education in order to prepare any content to the students (in classroom and professional settings) in the most applied fashion possible. That’s what makes him excellent in security education – the more we see and experience the implications of security policies the better we understand.

  14. Ryan Tyson on February 16, 2016

    Dr Conklin gave me my IT Security foundation. Don’t forget the little people…

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