Cyber Round Up: Higher Ed. Establishes foothold in Cybersecurity

  • Illinois State Meets Growing Need for Cybersecurity Professionals (ISU News): According to this news release, Illinois State University (“ISU”) is trying to prepare students to fill the projected 18 percent growth in Information Security jobs over the next ten years.  ISUs School of Information Technology’s Information Assurance and Security has 125 students and their new cybersecurity program slated to launch in the fall of 2017 has room for even more, according to this release.  To help drive interest and maintain relevance in a dynamic industry, ISU has supported an annual cyberdefense competition which is open to Illinois high school students and is currently in its fifth year, according to the release.  Given the anticipated rate of job growth within this sector one can expect to see more and more educators exploring training options in this burgeoning field.  The full text of the article is here.
  • University of Oregon: Cybersecurity Looks for Students to Counter the Dark Art of Hacking (The Register-Guard): According to Diane Dietz’s article, the University of Oregon (“UO”)  is holding its sixth annual Oregon cybersecurity day to bring in top cybersecurity experts for key sessions on the current state of cybersecurity.  Associate Professor Jun Li created the UO Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy last year and began to draft plans for an advanced UO degree in the field of cybersecurity, according to the article. The article states that thus far Li has received a $507,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine fraud and attacks on social networks and OU at the same time received $1.5M from the US Department of Energy to examine cyberattacks in the context of the nation’s grid infrastructure.  Demonstrating that cybersecurity is being taken seriously and early adopters in higher education seem to be gaining a foothold.  The full text of the article is here.
  • UC Recognized as Cybersecurity Leader in Education (UC News): According to a University of Cincinnati (“UC”) press release, UC has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2021.  UC launched a Cybersecurity track within the undergraduate Information Technology program, followed by a Master’s level program launched a year later, according to the release.  The release indicates that UC is now the ninth institution in the US to contain both NSA Centers of Academic Excellence in both Cyber Op and Cyber Defense and this solidifies UC’s position as a national leader in cybersecurity education.  The full release is here.

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography

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