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.
The CIS Department congratulates Dr. J. Packy Laverty who was inducted as an AITP-EDSIG Fellow at the 2019 EDSIG Conference for Information Systems and Computing. AITP-EDSIG Fellows are inducted in honor of their long-term, meaningful, and effective support of AITP-EDSIG in its mission to improve information systems (IS) education and foster the careers of IS faculty.
During his time in academics, Dr. Laverty has established a consistent research record including publications and innovative outcomes assessment initiatives. He has consistently published in the Information Systems Education Journal and Issues in Information Systems journal, as well as presented his research at numerous international and national conferences. Dr. Laverty has been actively involved with EDSIG throughout the years serving as the workshop chair, publishing papers, making presentations, and always willing to help out wherever needed.
Congratulations, Dr. Laverty, on receiving this prestigious honor.
Starting on November 14th, 2019, students will be able to pick up stockings from Dr. Paullet’s office in Wheatley Center 229 and have a chance to fill the stocking with some of the many items listed below for soldiers that are across seas that won’t be back for the holidays. The stockings have to be returned by November 27th in order for them to be shipped overseas.
If you’re not able to participate then please let others know about this project!
Items that are needed include:
Rick Farina will speak on Wednesday, November 13th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. “Have you ever heard of WPA3 and Enhanced Open? Come learn about the new additions to the WiFi standard and how they can help secure you today.” If you are interested in learning the dangers of Wi-Fi, you will want to attend this presentation.
One hour of professional development SET credit will be awarded. Refreshments will be served. This is a TSC sponsored event.
Below you will find Rick’s bio:
Rick Farina is a well-known wireless expert who is a frequent speaker at a
variety of security conferences including DEF CON. With multiple
colleagues he runs RF Hackers Sanctuary, a not for profit dedicated to
education. RFHS runs the Wireless Capture the Flag at numerous
conventions. Farina enjoys talking to people about wireless hacking
and teaching anyone with an interest in wireless security.
Join TSC as they present Sarah Pfabe, TSC alumni and an information security analyst at UPMC to speak about the dangers of phishing and what organizations do to protect against it on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. She will go through everything from what makes a phishing email, to the tools analysts use to examine and detonate malware. An overview of working in a Security Operations Center and job opportunities at UPMC will also be a part of this presentation.
Information about phishing: Phishing is one of the ways hackers attempt to gain access to your personal information via your computer or smartphone. These attacks often rely on the same basic strategy: to trick you into providing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by making you think the request is coming from a trusted source such as your bank, credit card company, a colleague, or friend. No organization, large or small, is immune to the dangers that phishing emails present.
Students will receive 1 hour of SET credit. Pizza will be provided.
The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 29th from 4:00 pm to close at the All-Star Sports Bar in Robinson located at 6302 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
This fundraiser directly supports the club. We will have raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, and more. We hope to see you there and please spread the word!