Vaughn joined UAH, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, in May 2013 after serving as associate vice president for research and the department head for Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University. He was also named an eminent scholar and most outstanding faculty member in 2008. Prior to entering academia, he completed a career in the U.S. Army, where he retired as a colonel followed by three years as vice president of DISA Integrated Services at EDS Government Systems.
Vaughn’s research interests are cybersecurity and software engineering with a special focus on industrial control systems security. His past experience includes an assignment at the National Computer Security Center (NSA), where he conducted classified research and participated in the development of national computer security guidance. He has more than 100 publications to his credit and has obtained more than $40 million in funded research projects. He received his doctorate in computer science from Kansas State University.
Rocket City TakeDownCon will feature two dynamic tracks during two days, with Monday focused on the “Attack,” teaching participants how even the most protected systems can be breached. The theme for Tuesday will be “Defense,”
Eric Lopez, EC-Council’s director of conferences and events, said, “Dr. Vaughn is an example of the diversity of speakers we have lined up for this year’s event. We are excited to bring a wide range of topics by speakers with various backgrounds and experience to Rocket City TakeDownCon.”
Dynetics Vice President Jonathan Whitcomb said, “Huntsville has many cybersecurity experts, and Dr. Vaughn is nationally recognized. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has a cyber initiative with a goal to be ‘a community that is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in cyber research and development, modeling and simulation, engineering and experimentation, and test and evaluation.’
The TakeDownCon Training Academy, which will take place Aug. 14-17, will offer four days of intense training just prior to the conference. EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CHFI (Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator)
For more information about the event and the current lineup of speakers, visit www.takedowncon.com.
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About EC-Council Foundation
EC-Council Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative by EC-Council to raise awareness of online safety issues for the global community while unifying global cyber defense. EC-Council Foundation’s mission is to unify global cyber defense by fostering collaboration and participation of online computer users to become advocates for safe on-line activities for youth and adults alike through education and training programs. Visit http://foundation.eccouncil.org/