ProCon 2020 - 23rd Annual Professional Development Conference


The Twenty-Third Annual IEEE Cedar Rapids Professional Development Conference, ProCon 2020, is a one-day, two-track regional event for engineers and other professionals, to be held April 21, 2020, at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.


Payment is appreciated at time of registration, cash and check will be taken at door.

When registering please select your session interest (Track 1 or 2) by selecting the corresponding menu selection and track i.e. (Chicken Track 1 or Chicken Track 2), etc.


  Date and Time




  • Date: 21 Apr 2020
  • Time: 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • 1200 Collins Road NE
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • United States 52402
  • Building: Mariott Hotel


Doug Jacobson and Andy Neller Doug Jacobson and Andy Neller


Cyber Security and the Internet of Things


The Internet of Things:  Why I should fear my toaster by Doug Jacobson


Recently hackers managed to disrupt a key service (DNS) in the Internet.  In this attack it was estimated that over 100,000 devices sent a constant stream of requests to the DNS servers owned by one company which was more traffic than they could handle. They did this by taking over computers and other devices connected to the Internet and using them overwhelm the DNS service.  Devices like cameras, alarm systems, and home comfort are now being connected to the Internet to make our lives simpler.  These devices are referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) and make up more than half the total number of systems connected to the Internet. 

This presentation will look at the growth of IoT ranging from industrial control to our power grid and the home market.  We will explore what types of attacks playout against IoT.  We will look at methods to secure both critical infrastructure as well as your home network.   


IOT Security - The new insider threat by Andy Neller

Description: Attendees will see how hidden threats may be lurking in their homes and offices. I will show examples of IoT exposures and methods to help protect yourself and your privacy. During the presentation, I will outline many different threat scenarios and some of the common pitfalls when implementing these types of systems.


Doug Jacobson, Ph. D

Doug Jacobson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and currently holds the rank of University Professor.   Dr. Jacobson joined the faculty in 1985. Dr. Jacobson’s current funded research is targeted at developing robust countermeasures for network-based security exploits and large scale attack simulation environments. He is director of the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) test bed project.  Dr. Jacobson has given over 150 presentations in the area of computer security and has testified in front of the U.S. Senate committee of the Judiciary on security issues associated with peer-to-peer networking. He has published numerous papers on computer security education and the use of hands-on laboratories to teach computer security, as well as written a textbook on network security. He also created a computer security outreach program targeted at the general public, post-secondary students and faculty. He co-authored a book on security literacy for the non-technical audience and also lectures on this topic. His team has developed a cyber security literacy curriculum for grades k-12.



Dynamic leader in cybersecurity focusing on providing best-in-class security programs, security architecture, governance and regulation compliance, secure cloud migration, and IT security risk management strategies and services to enable delivery of solutions to the business. Over 20 years of cybersecurity experience providing innovative and scalable capabilities, services and consulting to stakeholders in support of a preventive data loss security posture. Currently Mr. Neller is the CyberSecurity Operations Manager and HIPAA Security Official for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Inc.

Presented by CyberAmbassadors Presented by CyberAmbassadors


Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership

Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership Training
for Multidisciplinary Research Teams - Presented by CyberAmbassadors


The use of cyberinfrastructure (CI) in research is becoming ubiquitous as the use of computing emerges in nearly every scientific domain. Out of necessity, many scientists have become CI-Users: individuals who need to employ advanced computation in their research, but who do not have broad expertise in CI. These CI-Users frequently request the support of CI-Professionals, who are experts in computational tools and methods. The assistance provided by CI-Professionals ranges from brief, routine interactions (e.g., providing accounts and access to CI resources and training) to in-depth, long-term collaborations (e.g., creating new computational tools or contributing to multidisciplinary research projects).

As the integration of CI in research continues, CI-Professionals find themselves tackling problems and consulting on projects that are increasingly complex and collaborative. In order to respond to these various requests, CI-Professionals need both the expertise to solve computational challenges and the professional skills to work effectively in teams with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and goals. This workshop provides professional skills training in communications, teamwork and leadership for graduate students. This workshop will help prepare Graduate Students to collaborate effectively with CI-Users to advance multidisciplinary, computationally-intensive research.


Time Track 1                                                      Track 2    
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 10:00

The Internet of Things:  Why I should fear my toaster - Part 1 -- Doug Jacobson

Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership - Part 1 -- CyberAmbassadors
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:45

The Internet of Things:  Why I should fear my toaster - Part 2 -- Doug Jacobson

Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership - Part 2 -- CyberAmbassadors

11:45 - 1:15 Luncheon Speaker -
1:15 - 2:45

IOT Security - The new insider threat - Part 1 -- Andy Neller

Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership - Part 3 -- CyberAmbassadors
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:30

IOT Security - The new insider threat - Part 2 -- Andy Neller

Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership - Part 4 -- CyberAmbassadors