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NSA information security research paper competition

Posted on by Mary Brown

The NSA is holding a competition for authors of information security focused research papers. See the attached document for details. NSA_paper_compads-12.20

Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair

Posted on by Mary Brown

On February 26, 2014, the Intelligence Community (IC) will be hosting a Virtual Career Fair. Those interested will be able to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings.

Participating IC Agencies include:
· Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
· Federal Bureau of Investigation Language Services Section (FBI LSS)
· National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
· National Security Agency (NSA)
· National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC)
· Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

For more information or to register for this event, please visit:

NIST Framework 1.0 and Road Map

Posted on by Mary Brown

Today NIST published their Critical Infrastructure Security Framework 1.0 and an associated Road Map for how they view the evolution of the framework advancing over the near future. Share your thoughts.

Alumni Association February 2014 Event

Posted on by Mary Brown

The Minnesota Schools IT student and alumni association is holding their February 2014 event in St. Paul on February 11th at 5:30. If you are interested in attending go to the URL below to register.

Session Title:

Emerging technologies and YOU! What does it mean to be an IT pro in 2014?

Featured Speaker is:

Ryan Carlson, Technology Evangelist and Co-President, The Nerdery

Register at:

ISC2 foundation scholarships

Posted on by Mary Brown

The ISC2 foundation offers a number of scholarships in the field of Information Assurance and Security. See the info at the link below if you are interested:

NIST proposes security infrastructure framework

Posted on by Mary Brown

NIST has a proposal for a framework that public and private entities would follow in order to create a secure infrastructure.  They are looking for comments so if you have an interest in how these rules turn out, I encourage you to get involved.


Bruce Schneier on taking back the Internet

Posted on by Mary Brown

Bruce Schneier, creator of some of the earlier encryption methodologies, has posted an interesting discussion about changes needed to restore trust in the concept of encryption that has taken some hard hits lately.


Twin Cities ISC2 Chapter Get Together July 22nd

Posted on by Mary Brown
July 22: Social Get Together hosted by the Twin Cities Area (ISC)2 Chapter – 3pm at Hell’s Kitchen  which is located at 80 S 9th St in Mpls 55402

Info can be found on the chapter website:

Link to BrightTalk webinar on ‘Big Data’

Posted on by Mary Brown

Charlie McClain, one of our excellent faculty who teaches in the School of Technology recently participated in an ISC2 sponsored webinar.  For those who missed it, here is a link to the recorded presentation.

ISC2 Foundation IAS Scholarship for Military Learners

Posted on by Mary Brown

ISC2 is offering a scholarship in IAS for those who have served in the military.  Here is the criteria to qualify:

  • Applicant Qualifications:
  1. Honorably discharged from one of the five branches of the United States Military
    (Supply copy of DD214 short form)
  2. End service date must be between 7/1/2008 and 7/1/2013
  3. Worked at any of the following levels: IAT I, IAT II, or IAM I. (Note: holding a certification within those levels does not prohibit an applicant from applying for this program. This program is designed to assist returning service people to “train up” to the SSCP, CISSP, CAP or CSSLP certifications)
    3a. Performed 5 or more of the tasks listed on the attached spreadsheet as part of their
    military duties
    3b. All 5 tasks do not have to be within the same technical level
  4. Possess work experience as required by the certification the applicant is seeking (attach resume: see specific instructions in F1 of application)
  5. Submit to a background check if awarded a U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship
  6. Must complete education and exam no later than 12 months from the time the scholarship is awarded at the end of October 2013.

If you meet the criteria and are interested, you can apply at:


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