Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cybersecurity Job Opportunities at the Department of Homeland Security #DHScyber

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for safeguarding our Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats that can affect national security, public safety, and economic prosperity. DHS is actively recruiting ( dynamic cybersecurity professionals in its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to help protect the Nation’s cyberspace.


NCCIC is a 24×7 cyber situational awareness, incident response, and management center that is a national nexus of cyber and communications integration for the federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, the intelligence community, law enforcement, the private sector, and international entities. Qualified candidates must have knowledge, skills, and experience in, but not limited to:

  • Information systems and architecture design
  • Incident response
  • Malware and forensic incident analysis
  • Information security program and project management
  • Information assurance
  • Gathering and analyzing incident data
  • Developing and implementing information systems security programs, polices, and procedures
  • Leading teams in cyber incidents and responses
  • Identifying and analyzing cyber security threats and providing mitigation strategies
  • Identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing
  • Evaluating security incident response policies
  • Reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks


Employment opportunities are posted on USAJobs at Search using keyword “NCCIC”.  For more information, see:

MUST READ Article on Cybersecurity

Student Editorial

I hope everyone’s summer has gone well so far, and I hope that everyone is almost ready for another great school year as August nears. The article below is by far one of the best articles I’ve seen/read on cybersecurity. With the pool of both the good and bad guys involved with cybersecurity only continuing to grow, the battle to protect and damage critical infrastructure will continue to rage on. Shawn Henry, current president of CrowdStrike Services and former FBI Assistant Director, discusses how cyber adversaries are adapting and finding new ways to attack. In addition, he discusses the growing issue with China continuing to illegally access the U.S.’s private data, and how our nation must provide a better response to these incidents.  In addition, a few other topics in cybersecurity are discussed.  All in all, this blog post cannot give you all of the detail provided by this marvelous article. Please take the time to read it.

RMU Professor John Turchek Wins IBM Faculty Award

turchekibmFor the second year in a row, John Turchek, head of the Department of Computer and Information Systems (CIS), was awarded the IBM Faculty Award, a distinguished honor given to one full-time professor at an accredited university that offers degree programs in the nominee’s field.

IBM professionals nominated Turchek, professor of computer and information systems, because of his exceptional collaboration in research and teaching using IBM mainframes. The $40,000 award reflects the advancement and reputation of the Robert Morris CIS program in addition to Turchek’s numerous activities in the field, and must be used to enhance mainframe enterprise systems in some fashion. Turchek wants to use this year’s award for educational activities that will help meet the immediate demand for IBM mainframe enterprise systems professionals in the field.

(Excerpt from RMU News)  See the full article here:

Congratulations, Professor Turchek!