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Announcing the DoD Cyber Scholarships for 2021!

November 19th, 2020 Comments off

The U.S. Department of Defense is offering Cyber Scholarships to U.S. citizens who will be Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students in the fall of 2021. Because we are a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, you may be eligible to apply.  This is a one-year scholarship covering full books, tuition, and a $25,000 stipend for undergraduates or a $30,000 stipend for graduate students. The scholarships are renewable but require a new application each year. After graduation, scholarship recipients will work one year of federal service in a cyber security or digital forensics role for each year of scholarship support, 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. Please read the scholarship details document carefully and completely before filling out the application. An official transcript must accompany your application but digital official versions are acceptable. A complete application with all documents included in a zip file must be uploaded by 8:00am Monday January 25 so we can evaluate and include your scholarship in our funding request. All files must be PDF files.

The application and full details of the scholarship are included below.

If you have read all of the materials and you still have questions, please contact Professor Ray Trygstad at trygstad@iit.edu. Please include “DOD Cyber Scholarship” as the first thing in the subject line of your email.

WiCyS @ Illinois Tech Mentorship Program

November 3rd, 2020 Comments off

WiCyS @ IllinoisTech
The Spring 2021 WiCyS @ Illinois Tech Mentorship Program aims to connect cybersecurity newbies with more experienced cybersecurity students (all within Illinois Tech)!

Students:
  • Sign up for the program as a mentee or mentor: https://forms.gle/zvWM5rdf14NQio3B6
    • Anyone can sign up to be a mentee.
    • Mentors must have at least one year of professional, relevant experience in the cybersecurity industry
    • Each mentee will be assigned one mentor. And each mentor will be assigned one mentee. (1:1)
  • Mentors and mentees will be paired before the start of the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Throughout the program, mentors and mentees will meet for at least 30 minutes twice a month.
  • The goal is for mentors to provide mentees with guidance regarding school life, coursework, and careers in cybersecurity while creating a lasting friendship.
The deadline to apply for the program is January 5, 2021. If you have any questions about the mentorship program, please let us know at wicys@iit.edu!

WiCyS Conference Support Applications Now Open

September 1st, 2020 Comments off

WiCyS 2021Happy September 1st or in COVID-19 times… March 185th! We’re pleased to announce that Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) has their #WiCyS2021 applications for scholarships, grants, and fellowship awards OPEN! This opportunity is what WiCyS lives for… to pay it forward ❤️
Apply here: www.wicys.org/scholarships-grants-and-fellowship-awards

Post-Quantum Cryptography

September 1st, 2020 Comments off

Quantum computing is expected to change the face of cybersecurity. What is the quantum threat to  public key #cryptography? Over in the CNSP #blogCSNP COO and co-founder Emily Stamm shares the current state of post-quantum cryptography. Read it here: https://lnkd.in/gPWeSVx

Post Quantum Crypto

Nice Conference and Expo: Students Attend Free!

August 10th, 2020 Comments off

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo in November 2020 will be virtual and online this year, and registration for students is free! The annual NICE Conference and Expo brings together thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and non-profit organizations to address the community’s cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs. This year’s conference, hosted by Florida International University and New America will host over 30 presentations, 40 professional exhibitors, and a projected 800+ attendees.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our nation secure.

For more information go to https://www.niceconference.org/.

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Centers for Academic Excellence Virtual Career Fair

August 10th, 2020 Comments off


The 4th annual CAE in Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the National Science Foundation, is right around the corner! This career fair brings together students and alumni from over 300 institutions across the Nation designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity with employers offering internships, temporary, part-time, and full-time employment. This year, the CAE Virtual Career Fair will take place on September 4th, 2020, from 9am to 1pm Pacific Time.
Each year, the number of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni participating in this event continues to grow. Participants come from a variety of disciplines, including cybersecurity, security studies, computer science, engineering, math, physics, policy, and project management. Students from CAEs in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) are invited to participate for FREE. The ITM Department, through our Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education, has been a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education since 2016.

Students and alumni can submit resumes before the virtual career fair begins to allow employers to view resumes before the career fair. Students will also have the ability to build their profiles within the environment to ensure success. Students can participate in a series of workshops leading up to the CAE Virtual Career Fair to help them build their resume and interview skills.

For more information and to register, please visit www.caecommunity.org.

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ITM Professor Thomas Johnson Profiled as IDG Connect Secret CSO

August 10th, 2020 Comments off


ITM Adjunct Industry Professor Thomas “T.J.” Johnson was recently profiled by the I.T. website IDG Connect as “The Secret CSO.” The CISO at Server Central Turing Group, as an ITM faculty member Professor Johnson is a winner of the Jeffrey Kimont Memorial Teaching Award and is a member of the ITM Curriculum Committee and the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education Advisory Board. He received his Master of Information Technology and Management in May 2012. Congratulations to T.J. for this recognition of his professional expertise!

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New Tool for Cybersecurity Career Planning

August 10th, 2020 Comments off


The Cyber Career Pathways Tool from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will help you identify, build, and navigate a potential cyber career pathway by increasing your understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to begin, transition, or advance your cyber career. The tool presents a new and interactive way to explore work roles within the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. It depicts the cyber workforce as five distinct, yet complementary, skill communities. It also highlights core attributes among each of the 52 work roles and offers actionable insights for employers, professionals, and individuals considering a career in cyber. https://niccs.us-cert.gov/workforce-development/cyber-career-pathways.

DoD Cyber Scholarships for 2020-2021

December 5th, 2019 Comments off

The U.S. Department of Defense is offering Cyber Scholarships to U.S. citizens who will be Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students in the fall of 2019. Because we are a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, you may be eligible to apply.  This is a one-year scholarship covering full books, tuition, and a $25,000 stipend for undergraduates or a $30,000 stipend for graduate students. The scholarships are renewable but require a new application each year. After graduation, scholarship recipients will work one year of federal service in a cyber security or digital forensics role for each year of scholarship support, 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. Please read the scholarship details document carefully and completely before filling out the application. An official transcript must accompany your application and should be attached, unopened, to the application. A complete printed and signed physical application must be delivered to the ITM Department office, Perlstein Hall suite 223 no later than 8:30am Monday February 17th so we can evaluate and include your scholarship in our funding request, which is due February 28th. When you submit your physical application, you will be given instructions for uploading a digital copy of your application in PDF format. Multiple files may be submitted as a .zip file but all files must be PDF files.

The application and full details of the scholarship are included below.

If you have read all of the materials and you still have questions, please contact Professor Ray Trygstad at trygstad@iit.edu. Please include “DOD Cyber Scholarship” as the first thing in the subject line of your email.

DoD Cyber Scholarships for 2019-2020

January 25th, 2019 Comments off

The U.S. Department of Defense is offering Cyber Scholarships to U.S. citizens who will be Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students in the fall of 2019 This is a one-year scholarship covering full books, tuition, and a $25,000 stipend for undergraduates or a $30,000 stipend for graduate students. The scholarships are renewable but require a new application each year. After graduation, scholarship recipients will work one year of federal service in a cyber security or digital forensics role for each year of scholarship support, 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. Please read the scholarship details document carefully and completely before filling out the application. A printed and signed physical application must be delivered to the ITM Department office, Perlstein Hall suite 223 no later than 8:30am Monday February 18th so we can evaluate and include your scholarship in our funding request, which is due February 28th. The application and full details of the scholarship are included below. 

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.