Category Archives: cybersecurity

“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!

Online Speaker on April 21st – Intelligence Analyst Felipe De Vega discusses Jumping the Air Gap

The Top Secret Colonials are holding their third online presentation on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:00 pm. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit. Below you will find a link to Google Hangouts. You will need to click the link to join.

Intelligence Analyst Felipe De Vega who is with the Department of Defense Special Access Program Cyber Threat Intelligence Cell will present on Jumping the Air Gap.

Presentation Topic: Jumping the Air Gap

Information system owners and information security personnel have viewed the air (physical) gap between information systems as an effective mitigation to protect data exfiltration. This can include disparate networks, or disconnected stand-alone information systems.

Intelligence Analyst Felipe De Vega’s Bio

Department of Defense Special Access Program Cyber Threat Intelligence Cell

Felipe de Vega is an intelligence analyst with ManTech International Corporation and a retired career naval intelligence officer. He is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an honors graduate of National University.

At sea, de Vega served as air intelligence officer for Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131) onboard USS Constellation (CV-64) during Operation Southern Watch. He also served as air wing intelligence officer for Tactical Support Wing / Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 (CVWR-20).

Ashore, de Vega led instruction for satellite imagery analysis courses at Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific in San Diego. He was the operations officer of Joint Reserve Intelligence Center, New Orleans and served as red team leader and Navy intelligence doctrine developer at Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, VA. Additionally, he completed National Capital Region tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence and U.S. Cyber Command.

In his current position, he provides intelligence and supply chain risk management assessments that support the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force, and Navy Special Access Program systems accreditation.

Google Hangouts Meeting Information

Meeting ID
meet.google.com/ryw-yksr-hur

Phone Numbers (US)
+1 904-580-9686
PIN: 572 123 798#

Online Speaker on April 14th – Dr. Gary King discusses the Cyber Kill Chain

The Top Secret Colonials are holding their second online presentation on Tuesday, April 14th at 1:00 pm. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit. Below you will find a link to Google Hangouts. You will need to click the link to join.

Special Agent Dr. Gary King from the AirForce Office of Special Investigations will hold a virtual presentation on the Cyber Kill Chain. Below you will find information on the presentation and Dr. King’s bio.

Presentation Topic: Cyber Kill Chain

Each step in the cyber kill chain presents an opportunity for an adversary to get closer to the target and establish long-term persistent access. However, each step is an opportunity for the network security staff to detect, react, and mitigate the threat to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and information systems.

Special Agent Dr. Gary King’s Bio

Dr. Gary King is a federal investigator with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) specializing in cyber crime and computer forensics. He has over 30 years of law enforcement and counterintelligence experience with more than 19 years of cyber crime and computer forensics experience.

Dr. King serves as the Chief, Cyber Security, AFOSI Special Projects, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, District of Columbia. During his AFOSI career, he has served as AFOSI’s cyber investigations and operations program manager, liaison officer to the National Cyber Investigations.

Google Hangouts Meeting Information

Meeting ID
meet.google.com/jqv-jzxg-qfp

Phone Numbers
(US)
+1 402-337-4224
PIN: 427 553 517#

Online Speaker on April 9th – Threat Actors and their Motivators

Dr. Al Wong from The MITRE Corporation, a government think tank, will be giving an online presentation on Threat Actors and their Motivators this Thursday, April 9th at 3:00 pm.  Students are able to earn 1 hour of SET credit.  This event is sponsored by the Top Secret Colonials (TSC).

Presentation Topic:  Risk Management – Threat Actors and their Motivators
It is not a matter of if but a matter of when an organization becomes the target of a cyber attack. As the cyber threat landscape evolves, the types of threat actors that attempt to undermine organizations’ cybersecurity grow increasingly diverse. Threat actors range from opportunistic hackers who are merely after bragging rights to highly skilled, nation-backed teams who launch sophisticated cyber attacks over prolonged periods of time. Effective risk mitigation thus relies heavily on identifying the types of threat actors that are likely to attack an organization’s information systems, as well as understanding the methods they are likely to use. This discussion introduces the various types of threat actors, as well as the sectors that are frequent targets.

Google Hangouts Meeting Information
Click the link below to attend the presentation on Thursday, April 9th at 3:00 pm.

Meeting ID
meet.google.com/nss-sohh-kty

Phone Numbers (US)
+1 484-854-3144
PIN: 712 788 397#

Dr. Al Wong’s Bio
Dr. Wong is a principle systems engineer with the The MITRE Corporation’s McLean Virginia headquarters where he secures and manages sensitive but unsecure (SBU) labs. He has 15+ years of experience in developing security architectures and security operations centers for the United States Federal Government as well as for private industry.

Mr. Wong is a Harvard University-trained cybersecurity analyst in managing risks in the information age. He holds a Doctorate degree in Information Systems and Communications, a Master’s degree in Information Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Internetworking Technologies.

Summer and Full-Time Opportunities available at BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon is looking to identify new and emerging talent for a range of technology roles including:

  • Developer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Analyst

Technology Campus Program

During this 18-month program, participants will work within the Client Technology Solutions department and experience:

  • Robust technical software development training
  • The opportunity to develop technical, professional, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Networking support from a host of corporate leaders including mentors, executive sponsors and a dedicated program manager

Apply to this full time opportunity for December 2019 – May 2020 graduates at bnymellon.com/careersSearch 1910946

Summer Analyst Program

This 10-week internship offers new analysts:

  • Global corporate experience
  • Challenging real-world projects that help grow leadership abilities
  • Professional network to help launch a technology career

Apply to this internship opportunity for December 2020 – May 2021 graduates at bnymellon.com/careersSearch 1906793

BNY Mellon is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that attracts the best talent and empowers their people to reach their full potential.

See attached flyer for further detail:

BNY Mellon Tech Campus

RMU Named in Best Masters’ in Internet Security Programs for 2020

masters_internet_securityIntelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, announced their Top 30 Master’s in Internet Security Degree Programs for 2020.  Robert Morris University made the list for our Master’s in Cyber Security and Information Assurance.  This ranking was based on an assessment of 191 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

RMU Students win TRISS Scholarships

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Congratulations to Brandon Nelson, Christopher Cullen, and Kaden Mahsoob, who each won a $1,000 scholarship, awarded by the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS) planning committee. Thanks to Professor Karen Paullet for her recommendation. Professor Paullet and the Top Secret Colonials have been active supporters of the TRISS the symposium and the TRISS Scholarship Program.