April 2017 Newsletter 
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2017 Strategic Planning  

This month, I am pleased to share an update on the strategic planning activities underway by the KINBER Board of Directors. At their December 2016 meeting the board approved the new strategic plan, KINBER Strategic Plan 2017-2019, and convened three strategic planning subcommittees. The subcommittees are Last Mile and Connectivity led by Param Bedi, Vice President, Library and Information Technology, Bucknell University; Services led by Karl Horvath, Chief Information Officer, La Salle University; and Strategic Partnerships led by John O'Keefe, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Lafayette College. The subcommittees meet regularly and will give briefings to the full board at the May 19th board meeting in Harrisburg. The committees' work is essential to KINBER's long-term strategic direction, impacting and informing KINBER's priority areas in the coming years. I encourage you to take a look at our new strategic plan and to contact me with your comments and feedback. As always, I will continue to update the KINBER community across the commonwealth on the work and outcomes of these strategic planning subcommittees and board strategic planning process. 


In This Issue  
Mark Your Calendar

Internet2 Global Summit
April 23-26, 2017
Washington, D.C.  

KINBER Community Meeting @Internet2 Global Summit
April 26, 2017
Washington, D.C. 

Tech Talk Live 2017
May 1-3, 2017
Lancaster, PA  

PAIUNet Conference 
May 31 - June 2, 2017 
Seven Springs, PA 

Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) Conference 
May 31 - June 2, 2017 
Crystal City, VA
Webinars and Events
KINBER strives to bring relevant and timely technical and professional development opportunities to the community via our webinars, virtual trainings, and communities of practice. Check out these upcoming events for more details and to reserve your spot.  

Upcoming KINBER Webinars & Events
May 1 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET | Tech Talk Live Best Practices in Network Design and Planning LIVE Webcast | Register
May 1 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET | Tech Talk Live Wireshark Hands On Training LIVE Webcast | Register 
May 2 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ET | Tech Talk Live Secondary and Backup Internet Connection LIVE Webcast | Register
May 3 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET | Tech Talk Live Introduction to Incident Response LIVE Webcast | Register
May 3 | 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. ET | Megan McDonald Virtual Author Videoconference Event and LIVE Webcast | Register 
May 9 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET | 2017 Alex's Virtual Lemonade Stand Kick-Off | Register
May 16 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET | Collaborative Video Working Group | Register 
May 23 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ET | 2017 Alex's Virtual Lemonade Stand Wrap-Up | Register
May 23 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET | Cybersecurity Working Group | Register 

Upcoming Workshops 
Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania (SAC-PA) Workshop | June 22-23, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA | Register 

Upcoming Merit Cybersecurity Trainings 
Available at significant discounts to KINBER members through a partnership with Merit 
Health Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) | May 30-June 1, 2017 | virtual online | $3,195

CI Cybersecurity Workshop 

Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania (SAC-PA)
CI Cybersecurity Workshop 

When: June 22-23, 2017
Where: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 
Who should attend: The workshop is open to individuals from higher-ed, community colleges, K-12, and other non-profits in the region that engage in research and education using cyberinfrastructure.
Cost: Thanks to the sponsors, registration for the event is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the workshop. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging.  

Advancements in data-driven research depend on trustworthy and reliable cyberinfrastructure. Researchers and educators rely on a variety of networked technologies and software tools to conduct science and education on our campuses. These may include local or remote instruments, high-performance computing clusters, large-scale computing grids, distributed software tools, data repositories, sensors and other critical infrastructure connected by high-speed networking. This complex, distributed, interconnected global cyberinfrastructure ecosystem presents unique cybersecurity challenges. As the systems and tools of modern science and education become increasingly more available and easier to consume, campus IT organizations will be challenged to develop and implement effective cybersecurity solutions.

Smaller institutions and campuses with limited resources will be particularly challenged, but can benefit from collaboration and sharing of regional expertise and knowledge. The purpose of the workshop is to provide professionals from smaller institutions and campuses with information and exposure to the people, tools, and techniques being developed and deployed on larger campuses and scientific communities. 

This workshop is part of the project supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1642117, entitled CICI Regional: SAC-PA: Towards Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania.


KINBER From the Field - Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Big Data Literacy Workshop, New York, NY

KINBER Director of Community Engagement, Jennifer Oxenford, participated in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Big Data Literacy Workshop that took place April 13-14 at the New York Hall of Science in NY. As a first step toward bridging big data practice with big
 data learning, education and career readiness, the New York Hall of Science and Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub convened the Big Data Literacy Workshop featuring several keynote talks and discussion activities around big data literacy. 

KINBER From the Field - Smart Cities Summit, Harrisburg, PA

KINBER Chief Operating Officer, Patti Campbell, attended the Smart Cities Summit at KINBER member institution Harrisburg University of Science and Technology on Tuesday April 18. The focus of the Smart Cities Summit was The Challenge of People and Process and featured presentations from national experts and thought leaders. 

KINBER From the Field - Southern Crossroads Participants Meeting, Atlanta, GA   

KINBER President and CEO, Wendy Huntoon, attended the Southern Crossroads (SOX) Participants Meeting April 20-21 at the GT Global Learning Center in Atlanta, GA. Wendy presented along with Jessica Shaffer, Network Support Engineer Senior at GaTech and a WINS 2016 volunteer, on gender diversity in IT, the WINS program, and SC at the participants meeting. Wendy's family has a strong history of gender diversity at GaTech. Wendy's mother was research faculty at the Rich Computing Center at Georgia Tech from 1958-1966 working on radio and satellite communications projects and Wendy's daughter graduated from GaTech is 2015, having done her co-op at the GaTech RNOC (Research Operations Center).      

Community Spotlight: Community College of Beaver County 

The Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) located in Monaca, PA, just 40 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, is the partnership college nestled in the heart of Beaver County. The school, one of 14 community colleges in PA, includes approximately 3,600 credit students and over 3,200 non-credit students from in and around Beaver County. In 2016 CCBC celebrated the 50 year anniversary of its founding in 1966. 

CCBC was KINBER's first lit service connection in August of 2012 on the PennREN Network. Since then PennREN connectivity to CCBC has grown from a 100Mbps redundant commodity internet provider at first, to now primary provider with a 250Mbps multihomed subscription to the PennREN Advantage service including the additional peering and caching services and Internet2. CCBC is also the first customer to obtain managed router services from KINBER. By having KINBER take on the mundane task of managing and monitoring their border router and internet connections, CCBC can reallocate staff efforts toward further campus upgrades and improvements. Director of Community Engagement, Jennifer Oxenford, had the chance to meet with CCBC faculty and staff at the 2017 Spring Convocation on Jan. 6, 2017 and shared a presentation on Broadening the Reach: Supporting Campus Cyberinfrastructure at CCBC. KINBER engineer Zach Bare is on site at CCBC this week connecting CCBC network equipment to KINBER's management network. 

#ICYMI - In Case You Missed It

  • KINBERCON 2017 in Pittsburgh saw the largest turnout ever for the KINBER annual conference with 349 registrants, 23 sessions across 4 tracks, 33 vendor exhibits, 4 Diversity Scholarships, 3 working group meetings, an Augmented and Virtual Reality Experience Zone and 1 drone. Read the re-cap and press release on the success of KINBERCON 2017 here
  • NSF announced the next call for Big Data Spoke proposals. Full proposals are due September 18, 2017. The deadline to request a letter of collaboration from the Northeast Big Data Hub is June 19, 2017. Read full NSF 17-546 solicitation here
  • The Quilt, the national association of regional research and education networks across the US, provided input to the National Science Foundation (NSF) on future cyberinfrastructure planning in its response to Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science and Engineering Research (NSF CI 2030). 
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