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ISACA: CSX Student Scholarships

Posted on by Capella University

ISACA is excited to announce a unique opportunity for up to 50 university students to receive a scholarship award!

This scholarship offers students an opportunity to attend day two of ISACA’s CSX North America Conference on 20 October, 2015 in Washington, DC. The conference includes sessions on technical training, a seminar on navigating their future cybersecurity career and a student-only session on Building Your Personal Brand.  Winners can also observe the finals of the Global CyberLympics ethical hacking competition, receive complimentary registration for ISACA’s CSX Fundamentals online course, attend a special breakfast reception for all student scholarship winners, receive a personalized letter of appreciation from ISACA’s CEO Matt Loeb and receive one-year of complimentary student membership in ISACA.

Deadline for application submissions:  May 15, 2015

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ISACA Webinar: Why Implement the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework?

Posted on by Capella University

On-Demand ISACA Webinar – Sponsored by Capella University

TITLE: Why Implement the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework?

SPEAKER: Ben Scribner, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Brand Department of Homeland Security

ABSTRACT: The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (Workforce Framework) is the foundation for increasing the size and capability of the US cybersecurity workforce. It was collaboratively developed by over 20 agencies, and numerous industry and academic partners, to categorize and provide a common language for defining cybersecurity work. It groups cybersecurity work into Categories, which are further organized into Specialty Areas, knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), and tasks.

ISACA members can earn a free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.

Here is a link to the on-demand recording:

IAS research survey for federal workers and contractors

Posted on by Mary Brown

Below is a link to a graduate survey related to IAS that needs federal government, military and contractors to participate. The survey has 26 questions and takes 10-20 minutes to complete.

IAS Research Survey

NSA Career Opportunities

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“Defending Our Nation. Securing the Future”
“Confidence in Cyberspace”

The National Security Agency (NSA) anticipates hiring in excess of 1000 personnel in the coming year. NSA currently has a number of openings for full-time positions in all our mission areas. Students receiving degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, or other Information Security and Cyber-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) believes students from the NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence may be particularly interested in the following positions. Students may apply for these full-time positions by visiting and selecting the position numbers listed below:

· 1049471 – Information Assurance Professionals
· 1049473 – Cyber National Mission Force Mitigation Analyst
· 1049475 – Trusted Engineering Solutions – Architecture and Engineering Development
· 1049476 – Software Project Manager
· 1049477 – Cyber National Mission Force Targeting Analyst
· 1049478 – Network Vulnerability Analyst
· 1049479 – Network System Engineer
· 1049480 – Computer Forensics Analyst
· 1049481 – Penetration Tester/Analyst
· 1049482 – Network Analyst
· 1049484 – Software Developer for Cloud
· 1049485 – Communication Systems & Technical Vulnerability Analyst
· 1049486 – Software Engineer
· 1049487 – Software Engineer/Web Developer
· 1049488 – Network Analyst
· 1049489 – Software Engineer
· 1049490 – Vulnerability Analyst
· 1049491 – Information Assurance Client Engagement, Corporate Communications, & Marketing
· 1049723 – Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP)

********** Student Internship, CO-OP, & Scholarship Opportunities ************

The NSA has over 20 different summer Internship Programs in addition to our CO-OP and Scholarship programs that, like our full-time positions, support all our mission areas and offer exciting opportunities in a wide array of disciplines, for example:
· 1048703 – Summer Internship Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA)

Information on student internship, CO-OP, and scholarship opportunities can be viewed by visiting and selecting the “Student Programs” link. To apply for current opportunities, select the “Job Search/Apply Online” link. Using the key word search, enter “internship,” “CO-OP,” or “scholarship.”
The application DEADLINE for most of the summer internships is 31 October; however, some of the math related internships is as early as 15 October.

Please Note:
– U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants
– Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.
– NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

For questions concerning the application process, please contact NSA Recruitment & Staffing at:
1-866-NSA-HIRE (1-866-672-4473) or e-mail


Math/Cyber Position

Posted on by Mary Brown

The Army Cyber Institute (ACI) at the US Military Academy (USMA) has announced an opening for a faculty member with a strong math background for Cyber related research and teaching.

The announcement opened today, 11 Sep, and will remain open for 25 days…the website needs updating as the web site says the announcement closes 25 Sep. This is a term position not to exceed 24 months, possibly ideal for a post-doc or a person not yet pursuing a tenure track position.

Post-docs need to build resumes, and a Term position at USMA and the Army Cyber Institute seems a great opportunity. It could also expose them to the opportunities at NSA they may not otherwise get made aware of.

The details can be found at

Mike Lanham

Michael J. Lanham
LTC, IN (FA53)
Assistant Professor, USMA
Acting Director, Cyber Research Center
(w) 845-938-0897, DSN: 688-0897

Capella launches NEW IAS program with Digital Forensics & Network Defense specializations

Posted on by Capella University

Today, Capella announced the launch of a new online Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security, with specializations in Digital Forensics and Network Defense.

This new program provides numerous advantages for working professionals seeking to advance their career with a master’s that aligns to key industry certifications and standards in the field. They include:

  • A curriculum designed around the most recent standards set by the NSA, the International Organization for Standardization ISO 27001, and the domains of knowledge represented in several leading security certifications, including CISSP®.
  • A Dual-Credential Pathway, offered in partnership with the InfoSec Institute, which provides students the opportunity to earn their MS in Information Assurance and Security degree and CISSP® certification—in less time and for less money than pursuing each credential separately.
  • The opportunity for students to save time and money by earning credit toward this MS for existing IT certifications, such as CISM, CEH, and more.
  • A secure, virtual lab environment that allows students to develop and enhance their skills by practicing with tools used in the information security profession, including EnCase® and BackTrack.
  • A core curriculum designed to prepare information security professionals to evaluate information security practices, analyze emerging threats and countermeasures, and apply security management principles.

Enrollment is now open
For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

Changing technologies: Aerospace and defense: challenging, high stakes field

Posted on by Capella University

Current Capella PhD student, and SCEO at National Security Agency’s Threat Operation Center, featured in the article, “Changing technologies: Aerospace and defense: challenging, high stakes field”, published in the April/May edition of, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information.

(ISC)2 webinar – From the Trenches: BYOD Program Deployments

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(ISC)2 webinar – From the Trenches: BYOD Program Deployments

Capella employee, Matt Pellowski, is participating as a speaker in this roundtable discussion.
DATE: April 10th
TIME: 12:00 PM Central

Join this unique roundtable chat with three InfoSec Professionals who have recently climbed the BYOD mountain and come back down to share their stories. We’ll discuss the industry and regulatory differences, managing user expectations of privacy, legal implications and technical pitfalls in this 60 minute Security Leadership Series webinar, brought to you in partnership with Capella University.
(ISC)2 members can earn a free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.
Registration link –
An on-demand recording will also be available after the live event has occurred.

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ISACA Webinar: Data-Driven Security – Using “Big Data” to protect the Enterprise

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ISACA Webinar – Sponsored by Capella

DATE: March 27th
TIME: 11:00 Central
TITLE:  Data-Driven Security – Using “Big Data” to Protect the Enterprise                                                                     
SPEAKER: Pete Lindstrom, Principal, Spire Security, LLC
ABSTRACT: Data – big, small, or the perfect size for Goldilocks – is revolutionizing the way we think about security. For some, it provides a way to identify risky behavior or activity and react quickly, with an opportunity for fewer false positives. To others, it represents a change in paradigms as they shift from a preventive model to one that strives for resilience. In all cases, the term can be ambiguous or hollow as people miscommunicate with each other about their needs and interests.
This webcast will drill down into all of the different flavors of “big data.” It will identify the sources and types of data that may be brought to bear on problems, the outputs and actions that are possible with a big data program, and the steps needed to get to a robust, data-driven security program.
ISACA members can earn a free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.
Here is the link to register for the event:
An on-demand recording will also be available after the live event has occurred.

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Capella University Announces New Grants and Savings of up to $13,725 for New Students

Posted on by Capella University

As part of its ongoing effort to make higher education more affordable, Capella is offering an updated series of grant opportunities for new students.

For prospective students affiliated with the military, Capella is offering a new grant of $10,000 for new students who enroll in any business or IT doctoral program by Sept. 8, 2014, and meet other requirements. In addition, new students who start their program between April and June of 2014, and pass their first course are eligible to receive a $4,000 Master’s in Information Systems and Technology Management Grant. Click here to view complete list of grants available.

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