ACM SIGITE 2020 Virtual Conference

August 12, 2020 author: Comments off


The 21st Annual Conference on IT Education will be held VIRTUALLY from October 7th through 9th, 2020. Sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on IT Education (SIGITE), the conference is hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science & Technology. Registration for ACM SIGITE Members is $50, $10 for Student/Research Scholars, and free for Community College Faculty K-12 Educators. This is the premier conference for the information technology academic discipline and  as a virtual conference, provides everyone with an opportunity to attend without travel or hotel expenses. Professor Hajek and his students have had three papers accepted for presentation, Professor Zheng and his students have one full paper, one big idea and three posters accepted, and Professor Stolley has a poster session as well. The theme of the SIGITE conference this year is “Technology on a Human Scale”. It is a combination of Programming, Human Computer Interaction, Networking, Databases, and Web Technologies with an overarching security component. More at http://cist.unomaha.edu/SIGITE2020.

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Nice Conference and Expo: Students Attend Free!

August 10, 2020 author: 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 10, 2020 author: 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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CNSP Monthly Cybersecurity Challenge for August 2020

August 10, 2020 author: Comments off

Competing with others to solve a challenge is a fun way to get your foot in the door in cybersecurity and learn how to protect yourself online. The first CNSP challenge is about password security and multi-factor authentication. The 2 best submissions will be rewarded with a $25 gift card and optionally recognized on CNSP social media. At least one of the winners selected will be an aspiring professional or student. https://www.csnp.org/challenge.

The President and Co-Founder of Chicago’s CNSP (CyberSecurity NonProfit) is ITM Alumnus Abdel Sy Fane. Abdel earned his Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and Master of Cyber Forensics and Security as a co-terminal student in May of 2014; he is a Senior Manager for Security & Privacy at Protiviti.  BITM alumnus Oluseyi Akinlolu serves as Director of Africa for CNSP.

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ITM Professor Thomas Johnson Profiled as IDG Connect Secret CSO

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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

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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.

ITM Professor Shawn Davis Named to Federal Committee on Data for Evidence Building

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ITM Adjunct Industry Professor Shawn Davis, Master of Information Technology and Management alumnus and winner of the Jeffrey Kimont Memorial Teaching award, has been appointed to the United States Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building. See the full details at https://www.iit.edu/news/itm-adjunct-professor-named-federal-committee-data-evidence-building  Congratulations to Shawn for this recognition of his professional expertise!

Fall 2020 ITM Undergraduate Advising Notes

March 24, 2020 author: Comments off

The Fall 2020 ITM Undergraduate Advising Notes are now available here at Fall 2020 ITM Undergraduate Advising Notes and at http://itm.iit.edu/data/Fall2020ITMUndergraduateAdvisingNotes.pdf. (Revised 4/2/2020)

Google Drive File Stream

February 12, 2020 author: Comments off

Google Drive File Stream: We’ve recently had a great addition to our Google for Education services: Google Drive File Stream.
Like many good things around here, this was brought to our attention by one of our students.
Google Drive File Stream, once installed on your Windows PC or Mac, will mount your Illinois Tech Google Drive as a local drive on your system. You can treat it just like any other drive; in Windows it even has a drive letter. And it’s fast. You get two directories on the drive: your own Google Drive and your Shared Drives (what used to he called Team Drives). Log onto your Illinois Tech Google account and go to https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7329379 to download the app and get started. First uninstall the Google Drive application or Google Drive Backup and Sync app if you have either installed. For some reason the text in the installation app on both PCs we installed it on appeared as gibberish, but you might want to use the command-line installer anyway. Open a command line in your download directory, and run “GoogleDriveFSSetup --silent --desktop_shortcut --gsuite_shortcuts=false“. There is a daily limit of 750 GB of file transfer but this just means you can’t upload your terabyte hard drive all in one day. A HUGE workflow enhancer; enjoy!

NIST Big Data interoperability Framework

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Most of us are familiar with the huge quantity of cybersecurity publications from the National Institute for Standards and Technology, but they have a standardization role that reaches far beyond security. A prime example that many of us might find useful is the NIST Big Data interoperability Framework (NBDIF). Built as a vendor-neutral, technology- and infrastructure-independent ecosystem; it can enable Big Data stakeholders (e.g. data scientists, researchers, etc.) to utilize the best available analytics tools to process and derive knowledge through the use of standard interfaces between swappable architectural components. It is a series of 10 NIST Special Publications:

NBDIF V3.0 Final Version

  1. NIST SP 1500-1r2  -- Volume 1: Definitions
  2. NIST SP 1500-2r2  -- Volume 2: Taxonomies
  3. NIST SP 1500-3r2  -- Volume 3: Use Case & Requirements
  4. NIST SP 1500-4r2  -- Volume 4: Security and Privacy
  5. NIST SP 1500-5    -- Volume 5: Architectures White Paper Survey
  6. NIST SP 1500-6r2  -- Volume 6: Reference Architecture
  7. NIST SP 1500-7r2  -- Volume 7: Standards Roadmap
  8. NIST SP 1500-9r1  -- Volume 8: Reference Architecture Interface
  9. NIST SP 1500-10r1 -- Volume 9: Modernization and Adoption

All found at https://bigdatawg.nist.gov/V3_output_docs.php. And as always with everything from NIST (since our tax dollars paid for this), it’s free.