Monthly Archives: January 2021

Trends in Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies – a TSC-sponsored Virtual Presentation

The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation on Thursday, February 4th at 4:30 pm. Ryan Painter from FireEye will present on Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the meeting link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.

Title: Trends in Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies

This presentation will focus on some of the latest trends in attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures across various industries. In addition to an examination of these attacker methodologies/defense evasions, strategies for detecting and preventing some of this activity will be discussed.

Ryan Painter is a Senior Consultant at FireEye Mandiant in their Strategic Services consulting division. In this role, Ryan is part of a team responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement in organizations’ information security management, operations, and strategy practices. Prior to joining Mandiant, he held security operations roles including VP and Interim Global Head of Vulnerability Management at BNY Mellon, Team Manager – Threat and Vulnerability Management at Highmark Health, and positions as a SOC and Vulnerability Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security from Robert Morris University and a Master of Science in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Information Systems and Communications program at RMU. He also holds an adjunct lecturer appointment at West Virginia Northern Community College where he teaches courses in network security, networking, and CompTIA A+ prep. Ryan is based in New York City.

Netflix Founder to Fund 20 Full Scholarships at RMU in Technology and Mathematics Fields

Reed Hastings, founder and co-CEO of Netflix, will give $3 million to Robert Morris University to fund 20 full scholarships — including room, board, and textbooks — beginning with students entering the university in the fall of 2021. 

The RMU Next Century Scholarships will be open to applicants from underrepresented groups and others who demonstrate a commitment to empowering members of underrepresented groups, and are aimed at students who wish to pursue careers in technology or mathematics-related fields. Recipients will be able to choose from several degree programs at RMU, including:

  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics and Predictive Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • User Experience User Interface Design (UX-UI)

Excerpt taken from the full article, which can be found here:

Dr. Peter Draus Wins 2021 TRETC Innovation in Education Award

Dr. Peter Draus was the recipient of the 2021 Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) Innovation in Education Award! The theme of this year’s TRETC Conference was Next Level EDTECH.

Dr. Draus was nominated for the award by an RMU student, Danielle Wicklund (’20), now a graduate of RMU, having earned her BS in Business Administration (Accounting) and MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance in December 2020 via RMU’s 4+1 program. Ms. Wicklund noted that “During this challenging semester, Dr. Draus went above and beyond his methods of teaching and made online learning interesting & enjoyable. Thus, I nominated him and submitted a letter of recommendation.”

The application for the award included a video that was produced by Ms. Wicklund and Dr. Draus. During the closing ceremony at the TRETC Conference on January 18, 2021, the video was showcased as Dr. Draus was announced as the recipient of the Professor – Innovation in Education Award. The video that was showcased can be viewed here:

Ms. Wicklund commented about the award, “Aside from acknowledging Dr. Draus’ mentorship skills, it also reflects the high caliber of professors at RMU (specifically in the Department of Computer and Information Systems and School of Informatics, Humanities, and Social Sciences). This award is for the Colonial nation. I am proud to be an RMU alum.”

Congratulations, Dr. Peter Draus, on this stellar accomplishment!

Support the Top Secret Colonials at All Star Sports Bar & Grill this Spring

Now through March 31st, All Star Sports Bar & Grill ( in Robinson Township will donate 10% of food sales to the Top Secret Colonials student organization at RMU. Take out option is available!

To contribute to this fundraiser, all you need to do is take a photo of your itemized receipt from All Stars and email it to before March 31st, and TSC will receive 10% as a donation!