ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University student Ethan Brown,
who attended a national conference on cybersecurity challenges facing the U.S., will now discuss the issue at a state event.
Brown, a senior in the NSU Honors Program
, will participate in a personal cybersecurity panel at the South Dakota World Affairs Council (SDWAC) Cybersecurity Symposium at 10 a.m. Jan. 24.
Brown, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, was the only student awarded a scholarship from the SDWAC to attend the World Affairs Councils of America conference in November in Washington, D.C. Only 25 students from across the country were selected to attend the conference.
Brown is majoring in biology
and environmental science and minoring in chemistry and geography at NSU. In addition to the Honors Program, he is also involved in the NSU Student Association
; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the men's music fraternity; and the Common Read
Brown said he was the only student
with a major unrelated to international affairs chosen for the WACA
conference. But, he thinks that ultimately, that difference helped him be selected. He started at NSU as an international business major, but he switched when he realized his interests were more in international affairs and less in business. He maintains a strong interest in global issues and hopes to apply his degrees on a global level. His interests include ecosystems studies, and he wrote about population health in his application letter to the WACA conference.
The WACA conference was dedicated to the top six issues facing the national security of the United States, including cybersecurity. That issue is now being examined at the South Dakota symposium, which will take place Jan. 23-24 on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. Brown will sit on the personal cybersecurity panel with professors and students from other universities in South Dakota. The event is open to all South Dakota students as well as the public.
Cybersecurity expert Michael McNerney will deliver the keynote address, "Cyberwar: How the Internet Changes World Conflict." McNerney assisted in drafting the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and establishing the U.S. Defense Industrial Base Enhanced Cybersecurity Services Program. A former Pentagon official, McNerney has spoken on national security issues, including the leaks by Edward Snowden.
Top photo: NSU student Ethan Brown (right) is pictured with Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America, who was a speaker at the 2013 World Affairs Councils of America conference in Washington, D.C.
Bottom photo: NSU student Ethan Brown (right) is pictured with NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland D. Melvin, who was a speaker at the 2013 World Affairs Councils of America conference in Washington, D.C.