Category Archives: cybersecurity

Cyber Attack and Digital Forensics Response – a TSC-sponsored Virtual Presentation

The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, March 11th at 4:30 pm. Tyler Hatch, founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, will present on Cyber Attack and Digital Forensics response. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.

Tyler Hatch is the founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, a Vancouver-based digital forensics and cyber-attack response firm.

Tyler is a former litigation lawyer and current certified digital forensics examiner who, along with his team at DFI Forensics, investigates digital evidence related to criminal acts, civil litigation proceedings, and cyber-attacks.

He and his team routinely assist businesses during and after a data breach, ransomware attack, business email compromise, or DDoS attack.

The link for the presentation is:
https://meet.google.com/kpd-jfpi-eyo

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.

https://meet.google.com/wmk-vsby-tju

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.

RMU Recognized in Best Online Cyber Security BS Degree Programs by Learn.org

RMU was named as one of Learn.org’s 2020 Best Online Cyber Security Bachelor’s Degree Programs, ranking in at #7:
https://learn.org/articles/best_online_schools_for_cyber_security.html

You can learn more about RMU’s Cybersecurity B.S. program here:
https://www.rmu.edu/academics/undergraduate/cybersecurity-bs

Security and Autonomous Vehicles Presentation – a TSC sponsored Event (November 19, 2020)

The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, November 19th at 2:00 pm. Kevin Cody from Argo AI will be presenting on Security at Argo AI which tests autonomous (self-driving) vehicles in the Pittsburgh Area. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. Below you will find the link to the Google Meet session. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.

Google Meets Link:
https://meet.google.com/vfw-tpzd-hgp

Kevin Cody is a penetration tester at Argo AI, with experience working at several Fortune 500 enterprises. Although his particular expertise is geared toward hacking Web and Mobile applications, he is also experienced in the entire gamut from mainframes to embedded systems. Kevin is adamant on helping build-up developers through security, which can be seen in his involvement within OWASP or while speaking at events like CodeMash or BSides. In his spare time, Kevin can be found attempting to repair something (via online DIY videos), reading tech books, fishing, or simply spending time with his wife and children.

“Securing Patient Data” Presentation – a TSC-sponsored Event

The Top Secret Colonials are holding their first virtual presentation for the semester on Tuesday, October 20th at 4:30 pm.

The topic of the virtual presentation will be “Securing Patient Data: What happens to your data after it is collected by your healthcare provider?” Dr. Gary Janchenko will be discussing the security issues surrounding patient information.

Below you will find a link to the Google Meet session. You will need to click the link to join. Names of everyone that joins the presentation will be collected and all (undergraduates) will receive credit for 1 hour of professional development SET credit.

https://meet.google.com/evs-ojnd-oio

Dr. Gary Janchenko’s Bio:

Dr. Gary Janchenko is the CIO for Central Ohio Primary Care, the nation’s largest independent physician practice with over 500 physicians across 80 locations around the greater Columbus, OH area. Before joining COPC, Gary worked for Pediatric Alliance, P.C. for 10 years, serving as their CIO for 8 years before their acquisition by Allegheny Health Network. He is a lifelong learner, recently earning his Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University as well as an MBA and an M.S. in Management Information Systems both from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his work at COPC, Gary is an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program Grant

Dr. Ping Wang

Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang!

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This grant will establish a new DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) at RMU to recruit and prepare cyber talent for the DoD cyber workforce and to enhance the national pipeline for qualified cyber professionals. The grant funding provides support for three (3) graduate student scholarships and for faculty research on cybersecurity education and mentoring. Students graduating from the CySP program will be placed and serve professional positions of cybersecurity within DoD agencies.

This award was possible as RMU is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by NSA/DHS. This designation must be in good standing to apply for this competitive grant.

Dr. Ping Wang is the Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant project. The project period is 12 months and the grant is valued at $243,465. For 2020-21, three students have been awarded this scholarship. Each student will receive $68,660 (to cover full tuition & fees, living stipend, laptop computer, and textbook allowance) and is eligible to take up to 18 credits per semester.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wang!