Trident University International Ph.D. Graduate Receives Award at Technology Conference

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Dr. Joshua Sipper, a graduate of Trident’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, received a Best Paper Award at the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA) Cyber 2020 Conference.

Dr. Joshua Sipper, graduate of Trident's Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program

Dr. Joshua Sipper, a graduate of Trident University International’s (Trident) Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program, received a “Best Paper Award” for the submission, “The Cyber Microbiome and the Cyber Meta-reality" at the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA) Cyber 2020 Conference in Nice, France.

His paper, “The Cyber Microbiome and the Cyber Meta-reality,” examines the concept of cyber meta-reality with a thorough analysis of the cyber microbiome. The author attempts to correlate these two entities through an examination of familiar cyberspace (e.g. – “public web”) and the levels of cyberspace, such as the Dark Web, that remain unknown to most casual users.

“The cyber realm as an entity continues to evolve and grow,” explains Dr. Sipper. “Similar to how human beings share chemical and biological physicality with the planet’s flora, fauna, bacteria, and viruses, the cyber meta-reality is growing into a type of non-physical, yet tangible sphere where additions or subtractions to it could have far-reaching ramifications. These impacts are not currently understood.”

“For instance,” Sipper continues, “until scientists and physicians understood the human microbiome, they overprescribed antibiotics and other medicines harmful to the beneficial flora and fauna that inhabit human systems. The same type of 'over-prescription' could occur in cyberspace if we do not have a fuller understanding of the cyber meta-reality and microbiome.”

Dr. Sipper is a Professor of Cyber Warfare Studies at the Air Force Cyber College, Air University at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a military veteran who served in intelligence, and also worked in a similar capacity at Lockheed Martin.

His professional focus shifted to cyber during stints as a Systems Engineer for General Dynamics at the Air Force’s 26th Network Operations Squadron and as a civil servant at the Air Force’s Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education.

Dr. Sipper is a 2012 graduate Trident’s Ph.D. in Educational Leadership program. He holds a Master of Arts in Education from Troy University and a Bachelor of Science in English from Faulkner University.

About Trident University International
Founded in 1998, Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident has nearly 27,000 alumni, of which more than 22,000 have a military affiliation and has received acknowledgements from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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