Northeast Alabama Community College is pleased to announce that Ms. Patricia Combs, Director of Educational Technology, has recently received the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) certification. Combs attended a six-month program (September 2016 through February 2017) at Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate Program is designed to address the specific demands on today’s cyber leaders. This six-month program seeks to enhance careers for professionals with significant information security responsibility for their organizations.
As a part of the Heinz College CIO Institute, the CISO Program draws on the unique strengths of Carnegie Mellon University and its federally funded CERT Program at the Software Engineering Institute. Both CMU and CERT are recognized across the globe as leaders in information assurance and security. For more information, go to http://heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-information-systems-and-management/cio-institute/chief-information-security-officer-executive-education-and-certification-program/index.aspx.
Combs was a member of Team Omni which won “Best Practicum Presentation”. Seven women were enrolled in the Fall 2016 Cohort. This was the largest number of women ever to participate in the program.
“It is my desire that my passion will ignite a flame in other females to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related fields,” said Combs.
Combs continued, “I love to learn and am passionate about sharing with others the knowledge and skills that I have gained. Technology is constantly changing and therefore those in technical fields must keep their knowledge and skills set current and up-to-date. I am thankful that I work at an institution where professional growth is not only supported but also encouraged.”
Combs has been employed at Northeast since September 2013. She has a BS degree from Athens State University and a MEd from Alabama A & M University. She currently serves as Vice President of the Alabama Community College System Information Services Association (ACCSISA).
For more information, contact Combs at 256-638-4418, ext. 2212, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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