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BURLINGTON, Vt. (June 25, 2014) -- Jonathan Rajewski, assistant professor of Digital Forensics at Champlain College, will present a talk on "Cyber Security as a Service," today at the US Ignite Application Summit in Silicon Valley.
The three-day conference in Sunnydale, Calif., which began Tuesday, is the premier event showcasing the need for advanced networks. During the Summit, presenters will spotlight innovations that are only possible when homes, offices, schools, libraries, hospitals and other community institutions are interconnected by advanced high speed broadband networks.
The City of Burlington was named a US Ignite partner in October 2013, because of the city's capacity for city-wide gigabit access; density of research and education networks; vibrant tech business culture; core capabilities in key research areas; and a community with an intense entrepreneurial mindset and an enviable quality of life."
Champlain College provides full gigabit bandwidth for residential students at the College, along with service for the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI) and the Champlain Emergent Media Center.
Rajewski, director and principal investigator at LCDI, will talk about how gigabit access through the BTV Ignite / US Ignite initiative can be used to expedite digital forensic processes and enhance public safety.
"Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Public safety (law enforcement) investigates crimes that involve technology on a daily basis. Backlogs at law enforcement digital forensic labs are growing across the country and there are only a given number of trained experts available at a given moment to help," Rajewski noted. By creating a forensic operations center with gigabit service, staffed by highly trained digital forensic examiners who work directly with investigators over gigabit internet, the response time to helping police analyze information would be dramatically increase, he added.
In connection with US Ignite, the LCDI has submitted a grant proposal to build a scalable "Cyber Security as Service" model. "Utilizing the citywide gigabit network, the Center will be revolutionizing the way data is monitored and collected during a cyber-security or digital forensic project," he added.
The BTV Ignite program takes advantage of the city's world-class fiber optic network to deliver symmetrical speeds 100 times faster than the national average to attract new technology businesses, enhance education and research, and attract entrepreneurs to Vermont.
"We think our ability to provide next generation internet capacity to our students and faculty will be a major factor in helping to attract top students to our award-winning Champlain programs in cyber security, game design and digital forensics," added David Provost, senior vice president of Finance and Administration at the College.
The US Ignite Application Summit provides forums for learning, workshops, demos and sessions with experts to informal connections where attendees have time to learn and share with their peers. To learn more about the US Ignite Summit http://us-ignite.org/agenda/
US Ignite is a non-profit organization set up with inspiration from the National Science Foundation and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, both of which strongly believe that it is a 21st century competitive necessity for the US to take advantage of next-generation technologies. US Ignite launched in 2012 at the White House and operates today with a staff team supported by corporate, foundation, and community partners. Its mission is to foster the creation of 60 next-generation Internet applications - across 200 communities, like Burlington - applications that provide transformative public benefit in six sectors of the economy: healthcare, education, public safety, energy, transportation, and advanced manufacturing.
Learn more about Champlain College's gigabit connection at https://www.champlain.edu/about-champlain/newsroom/gig-college.
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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. For the third year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "America's Best Colleges," and an "A+ School for B Students" and is ranked in the top 100 Regional Universities of the North. Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2018 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2018 College of Distinction. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu.