Cybersecurity Scholarships

Students in cybersecurity degrees should consider the following federal scholarship opportunities:

CyberCorps Scholarship For Service from the US Office of Personnel Management
DoD Cyber Scholarship program from the US Department of Defense

Dr. Laverty honored as AITP-EDSIG Fellow

lavertyThe CIS Department congratulates Dr. J. Packy Laverty who was inducted as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow at the 2019 EDSIG Conference for Information Systems and Computing.  AITP-EDSIG Fellows are inducted in honor of their long-term, meaningful, and effective support of AITP-EDSIG in its mission to improve information systems (IS) education and foster the careers of IS faculty.

Dr. Laverty is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and Coordinator of Enterprise Systems at Robert Morris University.  Prior to his time at RMU, he held faculty positions at University of Pittsburgh, St. Vincent’s College, Community College of Allegheny County, and Carlow College. He has 35 years of professional consulting experience which includes working closely with IBM on its z-System academic initiative and curriculum. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting and a MBA from Duquesne University. He received his Ph.D. in Academic Computing from University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has obtained numerous IT-related certifications. During his 44 years as an information systems and business administration educator, he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes including Linux, Java, IBM DB2, Unix, COBOL, Oracle, HTML, JavaScript, and MySQL-PHP, just to name a few.

During his time in academics, Dr. Laverty has established a consistent research record including publications and innovative outcomes assessment initiatives. He has consistently published in the Information Systems Education Journal and Issues in Information Systems journal, as well as presented his research at numerous international and national conferences. Dr. Laverty has been actively involved with EDSIG throughout the years serving as the workshop chair, publishing papers, making presentations, and always willing to help out wherever needed.

Congratulations, Dr. Laverty, on receiving this prestigious honor.

Stockings for Soldiers Project

Starting on November 14th, 2019, students will be able to pick up stockings from Dr. Paullet’s office in Wheatley Center 229 and have a chance to fill the stocking with some of the many items listed below for soldiers that are across seas that won’t be back for the holidays. The stockings have to be returned by November 27th in order for them to be shipped overseas.

If you’re not able to participate then please let others know about this project!

Items that are needed include:

– Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butter Cookies
– Trail Mix
– Beef Jerky
– Granola Bars
– Breakfast Bars
– Slim Jims
– Twizzlers
– M&M’s (all flavors) – other chocolate will melt
– Pop Tarts
– Cards
– Crossword Puzzles
– Soduko
– Gum
– Caramel Popcorn
– Gummie Candy
– Chapstick
– Hot Cocoa Mix, Lemonade packets, etc. 
– Nuts
– Pretzels
– Fruit Roll-ups
– Drink mixes – iced tea, fruit punch, etc, 

Wi-Fi Workshop on Wednesday, November 13th

Rick Farina will speak on Wednesday, November 13th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. “Have you ever heard of WPA3 and Enhanced Open?  Come learn about the new additions to the WiFi standard and how they can help secure you today.”  If you are interested in learning the dangers of Wi-Fi, you will want to attend this presentation.

One hour of professional development SET credit will be awarded. Refreshments will be served. This is a TSC sponsored event.

Below you will find Rick’s bio:

Rick Farina is a well-known wireless expert who is a frequent speaker at a
variety of security conferences including DEF CON. With multiple
colleagues he runs RF Hackers Sanctuary, a not for profit dedicated to
education.  RFHS runs the Wireless Capture the Flag at numerous
conventions. Farina enjoys talking to people about wireless hacking
and teaching anyone with an interest in wireless security.  

UPMC Presentation on Phishing, Security Operations, and Jobs

Join TSC as they present Sarah Pfabe, TSC alumni and an information security analyst at UPMC to speak about the dangers of phishing and what organizations do to protect against it on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium.  She will go through everything from what makes a phishing email, to the tools analysts use to examine and detonate malware.  An overview of working in a Security Operations Center and job opportunities at UPMC will also be a part of this presentation.  

Information about phishing: Phishing is one of the ways hackers attempt to gain access to your personal information via your computer or smartphone. These attacks often rely on the same basic strategy: to trick you into providing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by making you think the request is coming from a trusted source such as your bank, credit card company, a colleague, or friend. No organization, large or small, is immune to the dangers that phishing emails present.

Students will receive 1 hour of SET credit. Pizza will be provided. 

TSC Fundraiser at All-Star Sports on October 29th

The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 29th from 4:00 pm to close at the All-Star Sports Bar in Robinson located at 6302 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

This fundraiser directly supports the club. We will have raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, and more.  We hope to see you there and please spread the word!

TSC All Star Black and Gold

Hackathon and IT Career Connection Event This Saturday!

It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Hackathon event! The event will be held this Saturday, October, 19th.

masterthemainframe.com (for the contest registration)

ibm.biz/IBMZatRMU (for the lunch/Q&A session)

There will be 65 attending, along with unique clients/employers: Erie Insurance, Broadcom,  M&T Bank, PNC Bank, BNY Mellon and IBM.  Come hear about what employers are looking for when hiring mainframe talent.  Each company will have a table set up that you can visit with during the lunch hour networking event.  

Companies will be handing out free gifts, prizes, etc.

You can also get SET CREDIT.

Agenda is listed below along with an attachment for the Master the Mainframe contest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Master the Mainframe Registration