Bill Dafnis

Associate Dean of Technology, School of Business and Technology
Capella University
Bill Dafnis serves as Associate Dean of Technology for Capella University's School of Business and Technology. Dr. Dafnis' professional background includes 25 years of information technology, project management and manufacturing and distribution leadership positions at a media conglomerate where among others he lead in the strategic evolution of new technology. Dr. Dafnis’ higher education experience began in an adjunct capacity at various institutions of higher education as a technology faculty member that quickly progressed into the Dean of Information Systems and Technology at Strayer University. His research interests, editorial contributions, scholarly presentations and publications focus on disruptive innovation, cybersecurity and business process modeling. Dr. Dafnis serves as an ABET program evaluator, project management professional (PMP) and holds a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University, an MSIT in Information Security and Assurance from Carnegie Mellon University, MBA from Lake Forest College and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois.


1:15 PM Identifying and building a 21st Century Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline: A Blockchain Imperative for Industry and Academia

Major industry trends fueled by the Internet coupled by healthcare and information technology innovation continues to grow exponentially. Such growth requires that a talent pipeline be differentiated on a myriad of factors. Today’s  talent management systems do not afford an immutable means to discover Cybersecurity candidates and therefore new methods and processes such as Blockchain must be exploited to build and inform for a 21st  workforce. This presentation affords CIOs and thought-leaders visibility into a conceptual model of the Blockchain promise for a distributed peer to peer ecosystem in an academic computing program with industry parallels. Takeaways:
 
·         Track and build your talent requirements with deeper competencies.
·         Understand how Blockchain may introduce a new workflow that further transparency across your ecosystem.
·         Differentiate your talent search by seeking out other disciplines beyond the computing domains.
·         Build talent management models that create and empower cross-functional teams of underserved populations.