October 4, 2017

The October 4, 2017 Cyber Security Day sessions will be held in the Ballroom located in the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (A Building) on Marietta Campus.

Visitor Parking is available across the street from Student Center.  More parking information can be found here.


  • Beth Messick

    Beth Messick
    Digital Forensic Investigator Manager
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation

    Beth Messick is a Digital Forensic Investigator Manager with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Messick was employed with the GBI from 1985 to 1999 as an Intelligence Analyst.  Messick left the GBI in 1999 to work as a System Administrator for Orion Scientific Systems.  In October, 2003, Messick returned to the GBI as a Forensic Computer Specialist. She was promoted to Forensic Computer Specialist Supervisor in June, 2009.  Her title was changed in 2014 to Digital Forensic Investigator Manager.  Her responsibilities include supervising nine Digital Forensic Investigators as well as collecting, preserving and analyzing digitally stored evidence.  She has worked various crimes including fraud, identity theft, child pornography, child molestation, rape, homicide, check forgery, and kidnapping.  She has also testified in court as an expert witness.

    Messick has received the following certification in the forensic field: Certified Forensic Computer Examiner certification from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS); A+ Certified Service Professional certification from CompTIA; AccessData Certified Examiner from Access Data Software; and EnCase Certified Examiner from Guidance Software.

    Messick has attended numerous advance forensic computer courses from the National White Collar Crime Center; the National Criminal Justice Computer Laboratory and Training Center; IACIS; Paraben; Guidance Software and Access Data.

    Messick is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA); International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS); and the Secret Service Atlanta Electronic Crimes Task Force.

    Messick received her Bachelor of Business Administration from West Georgia College in Carrollton, GA and Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • James Edge
  • JoEtta LeSueur Headshot"Homeless to (Ethical) Hacker: My story of making my dreams into a reality.”

    JoEtta LeSueur
    Ionic Security

    JoEtta LeSueur has over 10 years experience in the technology industry.  JoEtta recently graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University. She holds a CISSP certification and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance. She is currently employed at Ionic Security as a product security manager.

  • Revisiting Web Security Vulnerabilities: Challenges and Solutions

    Dr. Hossain Shahriar & Foster Scotland
    KSU College of Computing and Software Engineering


    Despite the awareness on secure programming and tools on vulnerability discovery over the last decade, we still see the presence of known vulnerabilities. In this talk, we will provide an overview of common vulnerabilities for web applications, followed by common techniques useful to combat against security threats. In particular, we will discuss vulnerabilities in applications (code injection, clickjacking) and their exploitations in real world. We will look at static analysis, secure programming and testing approaches.  


    Dr. Hossain Shahriar is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA since Fall 2012. He received his PhD in Computing from Queen’s University, Canada in 2012. His research interests include cyber security, particularly application (web, mobile) security vulnerabilities and mitigation approaches. He teaches IT courses at KSU including cyber security course such as Ethical Hacking. Dr. Shahriar has published more than 70 peer reviewed research articles on various topics on cyber security in International Journals, Conferences, and Book Chapters including ACM SAC, IEEE HASE, IEEE COMPSAC, Computer & Security, and Information Security Journals: Global Perspective. He has been a reviewer for many international journals and PC member of international conferences on software, computer, and application security. He served as Fast Abstract Chair in IEEE COMPSAC 2015-2017, Program Chair in ACM SIN 2016, Publicity Chair in IEEE COMPSAC 2017, Publication Chair in ACM SAC 2017 and 2018, and Student Research Competition Chair in ACM SAC 2016. Currently, he is also a Co-PI of NSF funded project on Secure Mobile Application Development and Affordable Learning Georgia on preparing open source learning materials for Ethical Hacking course. Dr. Shahriar is a professional member of ACM, SIGAPP, and IEEE

  • Chris Gaddis
    KSU Information Security Office