The Top Secret Colonials and CIS Department wish students, faculty, and staff a happy holiday season!
Join the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) as they present Thermo Fisher Scientific for a presentation on their Corporate Infrastructure and Security Intern Program on Thursday, October 28th at 4:30pm in the Wheatley Atrium.
Mike Condupa and his team will discuss the opportunities available at Thermo Fisher.
Students who attend will receive 1-hour of SET credit. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
Join the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) as we present Proofpoint‘s team, with 3 TSC alumni, for a presentation on Security Awareness on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. Colleen Gaffney, Corey Beynon, Sarah Pfabe and Jake Pacari will be here to provide tips on security and discuss intern and full-time job opportunities with Proofpoint. Information on their presentation is listed below. Students who attend will receive 1-hour of SET credit. Pizza will be provided.
TODAY’S CYBER ATTACKS TARGET PEOPLE, NOT JUST TECHNOLOGY. And people are busy. They’re distracted. Sometimes they click the wrong things. Even your best people can open the wrong email, fall victim to fraud, and make the same digital mistakes we all make. People are your greatest business asset—and your weakest security and compliance link.
Join us in exploring the human-centric side of cybersecurity! Phishing and social engineering are the starting point for 93% of all data breaches. Proofpoint’s Security Awareness Platform, combined with Managed Services, helps companies train users to be the first and last line of defense when it comes to cyber security. Learn from the leaders in email security on how to protect yourself in today’s threat landscape. Get a taste for the real-world threats that organizations face every day, and the different job opportunities around them.
Members of the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) collectively donated $1,000 to a scholarship fund at RMU. Pictured below are members of TSC presenting a check to Dr. Karen Paullet. The donation was given to the Craig Paullet Making a Difference Scholarship Fund which helps students in Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors who are academically talented and economically challenged. The scholarship fund honors Dr. Paullet’s late brother, Craig Paullet, by making a difference in the lives of students who might not otherwise be able to pursue their educational goals. This generous donation from this group of students will help a future CIS student pursue their academic career.
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.
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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.
Now through March 31st, All Star Sports Bar & Grill (www.allstarsportsbargrill.com) 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 email@example.com before March 31st, and TSC will receive 10% as a donation!
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.
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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.
The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation and workshop on Thursday, October 29th at 2:00 pm.
The topic of the virtual presentation and workshop will be “Deepfakes”. Chet Hosmer, Chief Scientist and Sr. Vice President of WetStone Technologies, will be presenting. Chet will present during the first half of the session on Deepfakes where he will pull video from Twitter and run a Python script to determine if the video is real or has been altered. For the second half of the presentation you will be taught how to pull EXIF data from an image using python. Files will be sent prior to the presentation so that you can participate remotely. 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.
Chet Hosmer is Chief Scientist, Sr. Vice President, and a co-founder of WetStone Technologies, Inc. Chet has been researching and developing technology and training surrounding data hiding, steganography and watermarking for over a decade. He has made numerous appearances to discuss the threat steganography poses including National Public Radio’s Kojo Nnamdi show, ABC’s Primetime Thursday, NHK Japan, CrimeCrime TechTV and ABC News Australia. He has also been a frequent contributor to technical and news stories relating to steganography and has been interviewed and quoted by IEEE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Government Computer News, Salon.com, and Wired Magazine. Chet also serves as a visiting professor at Utica College where he teaches in the Cybersecurity Graduate program.