Colonel Terrence A. Adams – Thursday Keynote
Colonel Terrence A. Adams is the Commander, 375th Communications Group, Scott AFB, Illinois. He leads 725 personnel in two squadrons: the 375th Communications Support Squadron and the 375th Communications Squadron. He is responsible for providing U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, 18th Air Force, the 618th Air Operations Center, three total force flying wings and 28 tenants with innovative, cyberspace capabilities for their global reach missions. His personnel operate and defend a cyberspace hub supporting systems and infrastructure for the Department of Defense at over 200 sites around the world. The unit also develops mission specific software to enhance mobility operations, monitors and maintains joint command and control systems and manages resources valued in excess of $2 billion dollars.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Information Systems, Auburn University at Montgomery
1995 Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, MS
1997 Masters of Business Administration, Troy State University
1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2001 Masters Certificate, Organizational Management, George Washington University, Wash. DC
2004 Advanced Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, MS
2006 Masters in Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Air War College (correspondence), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2013 Master of Science, National Security Strategy National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Lieutenant Colonel George W. Sconyers III – Friday Breakfast Keynote
Lieutenant Colonel George W. Sconyers III is the Senior Cybersecurity Officer in the Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The organization conducts Department of Defense Information Networks Operations and Defensive Cyberspace Operations of DISA’s enterprise infrastructure and services for the Department of Defense in support of the warfighter. Lt Col Sconyers is charged with evolving the organization to integrate defensive capabilities for the Department of Defense’s Internet Access Points and security stacks.Lieutenant Colonel George W. Sconyers III is the Senior Cybersecurity Officer in the Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Center, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The organization conducts Department of Defense Information Networks Operations and Defensive Cyberspace Operations of DISA’s enterprise infrastructure and services for the Department of Defense in support of the warfighter. Lt Col Sconyers is charged with evolving the organization to integrate defensive capabilities for the Department of Defense’s Internet Access Points and security stacks.Lt Col Sconyers received his commission in December of 2000 through the Air Force ROTC program at University of Cincinnati, Detachment 665. He has held broad and diverse positions throughout the Air Force, specializing in both cyberspace operations and cyberspace support roles, and leading joint and coalition planning teams in four combatant commands. He is married to and is raising three young men.
2000 Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Northern Kentucky University
2001 Basic Communications Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
2001 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2009 Masters of Arts, Military Studies, Joint Warfare, American Military University
2010 Undergraduate Network Warfare Training, Hurlburt Field, Florida
2011 Intermediate Network Warfare Training, Hurlburt Field, Florida
2012 USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
2012 Masters of Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery AFB, Alabama
Dr. Prashant Palvia – Friday Keynote
Dr. Prashant Palvia is Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor in the Bryan School of Business & Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. Dr. Palvia served as Department Head from 2000 to 2004, Information Systems Ph.D. Program Director from 2003 to 2008, and McDowell Research Center Director from 2007 to 2011. Prior to 30 years in academics, he had 9 years of industry experience. He received his Ph.D., MBA and MS from the University of Minnesota and BS from the University of Delhi, India. Twenty Ph.D. students have completed their dissertations under his guidance. Prof. Palvia received UNCG’s senior research excellence award in 2005. He has worked extensively in the field of Global Information Technology Management (GITM). He founded the Global Information Technology Management Association (GITMA) in 2000, and chaired its annual conferences from 2000 to 2014. He also chaired the EMR Implementation conferences at UNCG in 2010 and 2011.
Professor Palvia is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Associate Editor for Information & Management and is on the editorial board of several journals. His research interests include global information technology management, healthcare IT, security and privacy, virtual teams, electronic and mobile commerce, and media choice theory. He has published 115 journal articles which include such outlets as the MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, Information & Management, Decision Support Systems, and ACM Transactions on Database Systems. Additionally he has published 224 conference articles. He has co-edited four books on Global Information Technology Management and recently published the co-edited book “Global Sourcing of Services” in 2016. In 2013, he formed an international research team and launched “The World IT Project”, which looks at important IT issues in over 45 countries across the world. This is a multi-year project, currently in advanced stages.