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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

Posted on by Capella University

(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

Posted on by Capella University

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.

NSA Job Openings

Posted on by Mary Brown

The National Security Agency (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:

· 1043479 – Cyber National Mission Force Targeting Analyst
· 1041718 – Cyber National Mission Force Mitigation Analyst
· 1042292 – Trusted Engineering Solutions – Architecture and Engineering Development
· 1043394 – Software Project Manager
· 1043995 – Network System Engineer
· 1043482 – Network Vulnerability Analyst
· 1043477 – Information Assurance Fulltime Development Programs
· 1037523 – Information Assurance Professionals

Students may apply for these positions by visiting and looking for the position numbers listed above.

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


Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security

Posted on by Mary Brown


Since 2011, ACSA has provided scholarships to women studying for their B.S. and M.S. degrees in fields relating to information security.  These $5000 to $10,000 scholarships provide assistance to women at formative stages of their careers.  With the addition of HP’s multi-year financial commitment to this program starting with the 2014-15 academic year, ACSA will be able to increase the number of scholarships, in turn helping to increase the number of women in the field.

Also new for the 2014-15 academic year, the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), an arm of the Computing Research Alliance, is joining the SWSIS program.  CRA-W will participate in SWSIS publicity and in selecting scholarship winners through their extensive network of faculty members in the field.

Use the link below for more information about applying for the scholarship.


RSA conference controversy

Posted on by Mary Brown

The RSA conference, which has typically been one of the hottest security conferences held each year, has been embroiled in controversy since the Snowden revelation that RSA was working with the NSA to compromise some encryption functionality.  Some speakers chose to cancel their presentations and others decided to attend and protest as their response to these accusations.  Stephen Colbert addressed his reasons for choosing to show up and address the crowd.  If you are interested in his rather amusing, if a bit controversial, comments, see the link below.



CISSE – Call For Papers

Posted on by Mary Brown

The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education has posted a call for papers to be submitted in relationship with their conference in San Diego in June. Paper submission deadline is March 15th, 2014. Details are in the link below:

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