Nov. 1-2, 2022 | Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.

MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity Workshop

Improving your institution’s cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity posture is priceless.

The Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) held a free two-day cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity workshop from Nov. 1-2, 2022, on the Jackson State University campus in Jackson, Miss.

We’ve designed a hands-on workshop experience with IT leadership staff, university presidents and chancellors, and faculty from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in mind. This workshop program will address why cyberinfrastructure is important to your campus, your faculty, and your grant funding; provide informational sessions on what you need to know about federal funding opportunities for HBCUs, and facilitate interactive discussions about cybersecurity threats with industry subject matter experts.

The workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Demonstration Pilot (# 2137123) awarded to the Minority Serving – Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) and Internet2. 

Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium

MS-CC Workshop Series

The MS-CC and Internet2 are planning additional workshops in the southeastern United States for early 2023, including at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C.

We do hope that you’ll be able to attend one of the upcoming workshops at a location closest to your institution. Learn more about the Cyberinfrastructure and Ransomware Security Workshop series


Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Day | View Presentations Below

Nov. 1, 2022 | 12-5:30 p.m. CDT and 5:30-7:30 p.m. CDT

Time Session Presenter(s)
12-12:45 p.m.    Lunch & Networking
12:45-1:15 p.m.                        Welcome, Introduction Thomas K. Hudson, President, Jackson State University
Dr. Deborah Dent, Chief Information Officer, Jackson State University
Dr. Joseph Whittaker, Vice President for Research and Economic Development/Associate Provost, Jackson State University
1:15-1:30 p.m.    MS-CC: Bringing Together the HBCU Community of Technology Leaders and Facilitating a Supporting and Collaborative Network of Peers Lawrence Williams, MS-CC Program Director, Internet2
1:30-2 p.m.         How Your Campus Can Benefit from IT for Research (Cyberinfrastructure) Ana Hunsinger, Vice President Community Engagement, Internet2
2-2:30 p.m.                        Setting the Stage: IT for Research at HBCUs Dr. Deborah Dent, CIO, Jackson State University
2:30-2:45 p.m.    Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.    NSF Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity Kevin Thompson, Program Director, National Science Foundation
3:45-4:45 p.m.  Federal Funding & Importance to HBCUs Lauren Michael, CI Facilitator, MS-CC
4:45-5:15 p.m.    Overview of Internet2 Community Offerings Ana Hunsinger, Vice President Community Engagement, Internet2
5:15-5:30 p.m.    Wrapping Up the Day, Revisiting Expectations Lawrence Williams, MS-CC Program Director, Internet2
5:30-7:30 p.m.    Reception sponsored by Cisco and Juniper Networks in Ballroom B

Cybersecurity Day | View Presentations Below

Nov. 2, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30-9 a.m.    Breakfast & Networking
9-9:15 a.m.    Kickoff Day 2, Level Set
from Day 1
Lawrence Williams, MS-CC Program Director, Internet2
9:15-10:15 a.m.    Panel: Cybersecurity Threat Landscape Hassan Kassih, Data Center Practice Leader and Senior Director, ConvergeOne:
View Presentation

Greg Mallette, Cybersecurity State Coordinator/Advisor (CSC/A), Region 4 (Mississippi), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Special Agent Sean Scanlon, Acting Supervisor of Cyber Investigations, MS Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Moderator: Lawrence Williams, MS-CC Program Director, Internet2
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.         Panel: Bringing Together Cybersecurity and IT for Research Greg Mallette, Department of Homeland Security
Hassan Kassih, ConvergeOne
Dameion Brown, Jackson State University
Lawrence Williams, MS-CC
Moderator: Lauren Michael, MS-CC
12:15-12:30 p.m.    Wrapping It Up, What Have We Learned Lawrence Williams, MS-CC Program Director, Internet2
12:30-2 p.m.    Lunch and Networking

Hotel Recommendations

The workshop will be held in Ballroom A/Ballroom B at the JSU Student Center at Jackson State University, located at 1400 John R. Lynch St, Jackson, MS. 39217.

Should you be in need of overnight accommodations, the recommended hotels for workshop participants that are within close proximity to Jackson State University:

235 West Capital Street, Jackson, MS 39201

407 South Congress Street, Jackson, MS. 39201

Please contact the hotels directly to inquire about their daily rates and book your reservation.


As an MS-CC participant, we will be able to reimburse reasonable travel and lodging expenses related to workshop attendance. After your registration is processed you will receive additional information via email about the expense reimbursement process. 

Not an MS-CC participant? Participating in and joining our community is simple, quick, easy – and free! Fill out the form, join the mailing list, and stay informed about upcoming meetings and activities. 

Participation in the MS-CC helps us create a vibrant community of practice where peers can collaborate and support one another, and build a coalition to advocate for their needs as a community. 

What Workshop Participants Can Expect

The two-day workshop agenda is designed around two themes: Cyberinfrastructure and Cybersecurity. The workshop program includes keynote presentations, panel discussions with cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity leaders, facilitated group discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities, including access to open-source security tools and documented best practices for campus infrastructure. 

Informal networking opportunities provide you with opportunities to meet and build connections with your peers and cybersecurity professionals and leadership from regional and national non-profit organizations supporting the research and education community in the U.S.

Read 5 Reasons to Join Us at the MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure and Ransomware Security Cyberinfrastructure Workshops. We share the top five reasons you should join us for the cyberinfrastructure and ransomware security workshop. 

COVID-19 Information

The COVID-19 situation in the United States is fluid, and we continue to monitor developments that may impact attendees for the MS-CC Cyberinfrastructure and Ransomware Security Workshop. In order to stay current, check this page periodically leading up to the workshop.

Workshop participants will need to abide by Jackson State University’s COVID-19 guidelines as outlined on their website. 

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