Conference Week for ITM

October 4, 2017 author: Comments off

The ITM Department Office will be closed on and off this week, because nearly everyone who works there will be away at conferences.

Amber Chatellier and Angela Jarka are representing the 2018 Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, FL, sponsored by the Anita Borg Institute. Named for computing pioneer and U.S. Navy Admiral Grace Hopper, the celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with over 18,000 in attendance this year. As the hosting Logistics Committee for WiCyS, Amber and Angela will be seeing sponsors and potential attendees for the WiCyS Conference to be held at the Hilton Chicago March 23rd and 24th, 2018.

ITM Associate Chair Industry Professor Ray Trygstad, Industry Associate Professor Jeremy Hajek, and Senior Lecturer Dr. Yong Zheng will represent Illinois Tech at the 2017 ACM Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (SIGITE)/Research in Information Technology (RIIT) Conference in Rochester, NY. Ray is a member of the ACM SIGITE Executive Committee and will represent the School of Applied Technology as a Gold Sponsor of the conference. Jeremy and Yong will present papers co-authored with ITM students at the RIIT Conference.

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ITM Department and C2SAFE to host Women in Cyber Security 2018

October 4, 2017 author: Comments off

The Department of Information Technology and Management and the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education are pleased to announce that we will host the Fifth Annual Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) Conference. This National Science Foundation funded event will be held March 23 through March 24, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. It is the mission of WiCyS to bring together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry from across the United States. The event is exclusively designed as the forum for speakers and guests to exchange knowledge, experience, networking, and mentoring to raise interest in the field of cybersecurity. We will be seeking volunteers to assist with the conference and to meet arriving delegates at the airports later this fall.

ITM Associate Chair Ray Trygstad will serve as conference co-chair, while Amber Chatellier and Angela Jarka of the ITM Department comprise the conference logistics staff.

New New York regulations will drive cybersecurity advances

September 27, 2017 author: Comments off

New regulations on cybersecurity have been published by the New York State Department of Financial Services. 23 NYCRR Part 500 will have a major impact on American business as it has serious requirements and mandates for all financial services companies doing business in New York state–which of course are almost all of them. A good article on the topic is is at https://digitalguardian.com/blog/what-nydfs-cybersecurity-regulation-new-cybersecurity-compliance-requirement-financial. Significant requirements include:

  • Policy & Program: Covered entities must instate and maintain a documented cybersecurity policy, and adopt a robust cybersecurity program, by August 28, 2017.
  • CISO: Designate a qualified Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to oversee and implement the cybersecurity program and enforce policy.
    • The CISO must submit a written report annually to the Board of Directors and an annual compliance certification to the Department of Financial Services.
  • Data encryption: Organizations must enact controls, including encryption of sensitive data, depending on the outcome of a risk assessment.
  • Continuous monitoring: Covered entities must continuously monitor cybersecurity functionality OR conduct annual penetration testing and bi-annual assessments.
  • Enhanced multi-factor authentication: Covered institutions must employ multi-factor authentication for all inbound connections to the entity’s network.
  • Incident reporting: Covered entities must document and report all cybersecurity events.

Free AITP Student Membership Yields Great Benefits!

September 6, 2017 author: Comments off

AITP LogoStudent Membership in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is now free since their merger with CompTIA. Among the significant benefits provided to student members is 33% to 60% savings on CompTIA exam vouchers & training products, but there are many more including great networking opportunities. Chicago has one of the largest AITP Chapters in the country and is very active. This costs NOTHING and every ITM student should sign up for their free student membership at https://www.aitp.org/join-now/Register/Student/ and then sign onto the Chicago Chapter email list at http://aitpchicago.com/membership/join-aitp-mailing-list-only/.

How much do you know about cybersecurity?

August 31, 2017 author: Comments off

PEW quiz header
Take the Cybersecurity Knowledge Quiz from Pew Research! Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 1,055 randomly selected adult internet users surveyed online between June 17 and June 27, 2016.
http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/cybersecurity-knowledge/

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ITM Student Handbooks for Fall 2017 Posted

August 16, 2017 author: Comments off

ITM Student Handbooks for Fall 2017 have been posted and are available for students.
ITM Undergraduate Student Handbook
http://itm.iit.edu/data/ITMUndergraduateStudentHandbookFall2017.pdf
ITM Graduate Student Handbook
http://itm.iit.edu/data/ITMGraduateStudentHandbookFall2017.pdf

DoD Cyber Information Assurance Scholarships

April 14, 2017 author: Comments off

The U.S. Department of Defense is offering Cyber Information Assurance Scholarships to U.S. citizens who will be Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students in the fall of 2017. This is a one-year scholarship covering full books, tuition, and a $22,500 stipend for undergraduates or a $30,000 stipend for graduate students. The scholarships are renewable but will require a new application each year. Payback is one year of federal service in a cyber security or digital forensics role for each year of scholarship, or four years of military service. Applicants must be eligible for a security clearance. Applicants are not limited to students in the Department of Information Technology and Management but may also be students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Business, but because of the nature of the application, knowledge of and a clear understanding of cyber security is a necessity. A printed and signed physical application must be delivered to the ITM Department office, Perlstein Hall suite 223 later than 8:30am Monday May 22nd so we can evaluate and include your scholarship in our funding request, which is due May 31st. The application and details of the scholarship are included below. (Note: if you downloaded the announcement or application prior to 11:00am on Wednesday, April 19th, please download them again as the DOD provided us with updated copies.)
ATTACHMENT C IA Scholarship and Vacancy Announcement 2017
ATTACHMENT D NEW Student Application 2017-2018 (site 1)
ATTACHMENT D NEW Student Application 2017-2018 (site 2)

Contact Professor Ray Trygstad for questions: trygstad@iit.edu. Please include “DOD Cyber Scholarship” as the first thing in the subject line of your email.

 

Fall/Summer 2017 Undergraduate Advising Notes

February 28, 2017 author: Comments off

Advising notes for the 2017 summer and fall semesters are now available for undergraduate students in ITM. Updated 3/21/17. Three locations for maximum redundancy! Fall 2017 ITM Undergraduate Advising Notes
http://naperville.rice.iit.edu/Fall2017ITMUndergraduateAdvisingNotes.pdf
http://itm.iit.edu/data/Fall2017ITMUndergraduateAdvisingNotes.pdf

New IT Professional Association!

January 24, 2017 author: Comments off

A new IT professional association will emerge this spring as CompTIA, home of the A+, Linux+, and Network+ certifications absorbs the Association of Information Technology Professionals. From these pieces the new association will emerge, and students have the opportunity to get onboard at the ground floor with a very minimal expense: twenty-nine bucks!  See the full details at http://www.land.certification.comptia.org/CompTIA-IT-Pro-Association.

Cybersecurity Scholarships from (ISC)²’s Center for Cyber Safety and Education

January 3, 2017 author: Comments off

Graduate, undergraduate, and women’s scholarships are offered by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². They will begin accepting applications on February 28, 2017 for graduate and undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000, and are currently accepting applications for women’s scholarships of $8,000 or more. One undergraduate student may also be selected for the Harold F. Tipton Memorial Scholarship; the most recent award recipient for this scholarship is Kyle Dean Murbach from Wheaton, IL. Please see the (ISC)² scholarship page at https://www.isc2cares.org/Scholarships/ for full details.