DSU students present, attend Wild West Hackin’ Fest

Dakota State University students and faculty are taking part in an upcoming cyber conference.  

Thirty students are attending the 2020 Wild West Hackin’ Fest conference free of charge thanks to the work of DSU’s The Beacom College Associate Dean Dr. Ashley Podhradsky.  

Podhradsky, who is an associate professor of Information Assurance and Forensics at DSU, secured tickets for the students to attend the event in lieu of an honorarium for her talk at the conference on “The Workforce Gap in Cybersecurity”.  With education being its main goal, the conferences’ labs, competitions, and 50-plus presentations provide an opportunity for students to learn about the cyber industry.

One DSU graduate student will be presenting at the conference – Austin Babcock, a master’s degree student in computer science with a cyber operations specialization.