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Pennsylvania College of Technology has the 2018 COMMON Student Innovation Contest Winner

Joseph Dreese won the 2018 Student Innovation contest with his "phishing" project. After graduating on May 11, 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security, he traveled to San Antonio, Texas to receive his award and present his project at COMMON's POWERUp18 Conference May 20-23, 2018. When asked if he had any advice for others considering his field of study, Joe said "This field takes a certain level of dedication and passion. It requires you to constantly learn and continuously educate yourself on emerging technology and current information security practices. This field can be very rewarding if you are willing to put in the effort."

POWERUp18 Session Abstract: "Phishing with a License". Social engineering is at the root of many techniques that include phishing, pop-ups, and fake websites. A phishing attack sends out massive emails to bait victims to click to claim a prize, sign up for a special program, or sign in to check account information. The message appears urgent and requires a quick response. Phishing emails continue to be the preferred method of attackers for delivering malware, ransomware and harvesting credentials. The session covers how to measure client susceptibility to phishing attacks in an organization. Several training recommendations for phishing awareness are offered to drive down the number of vulnerable targets, strengthen the human firewall, and reduce overall risk in an organization.

PCToday did a feature story on Joe. To see the entire article, visit

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a national leader in applied technology education and a Penn State affiliate located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They have been a member of the Power Systems Academic Initiative since 2012.

COMMON is the world's largest global association of business computing professionals with an emphasis on IBM Power Systems.