New England Tech Partners with Rhode Island Cyber ACES Online

Rhode Island Cyber ACESRhode Island Cyber Security Competition comes to Rhode Island.

New England Tech along with the Rhode Island Department of Education, the RI Science & Technology Advisory Council, and the Tech Collective join Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) in offering the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.

Known as Cyber Aces Online (ACES), the competition is designed to identify and nurture talented individuals who can become the future cyber policy professionals for United States companies and government agencies.

Because the nation is facing a shortage of cyber security professionals, the Cyber Aces Online competition was developed to offer individuals a fundamental knowledge of cyber security.

Deemed as one of the most effective Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competitions in the nation, ACES is an entry-level competition focusing on a series of increasingly challenging contests sponsored by the Cyber Aces Foundation. This organization works to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by identifying, recruiting and placing the next generation of cyber security professionals.  The three areas of study will include networking, operating systems, and system administration.

“It is clear that sufficiently securing our networks, whether in government or the private sector, will require a well-trained cyber security workforce. As a result of efforts such as the Rhode Island Cyber Foundation Competitions, the RI Cyber Disruption Team, and the University of Rhode Island’s annual Cyber Security Symposia, we are building a statewide consortium that will work to expand the cyber security workforce in Rhode Island, while meeting the increasing need for a strong public-private relationship in cyber space,” said Congressman Langevin.

In past years, the competition was only open to high school students.  However, this year, in addition to high schools students, all teachers, administrators, college students, veterans, job seekers, and those seeking a career change are invited. Participation in the competition is free!

Cyber Aces Online has two parts:

  1. Online tutorials, video and audio education materials that allow participants to expand their knowledge
  2. Quizzes that allow participants to demonstrate mastery

All topics have a separate set of educational materials and a separate test. Each tutorial module ends with an online competition day quiz where participants’ skills will be tested in a series of questions. Competition day quizzes can be completed in 40 – 90 minutes. After all the three quizzes are completed, the final ranks will be determined by the participants’ cumulative scores.

Winners are then eligible to receive a range of prizes from awards and recognition by government and business leaders, to invitations to Cyber Aces Academies, internships, and scholarships.

Individuals interested in participating in this exciting competition should visit  www.cyberaces.org to register or contact Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events at NEIT as well as the Rhode Island Cyber Aces Online State Coordinator, for more information. High schools, after school programs, Civil Air Patrol teams, computer clubs and other groups are welcome to register as well. The registration deadline is Friday, October 12, 2013.  The competitions are scheduled as follows: October 15-16: Competition for Module 1; November 5-6: Competition for Module 2; December 18-19: Competition for Module 3; December 31: Access to content expires. 

As Langevin stated, “These education and training opportunities will direct young people into cyber security and other industries with high growth potential, and provide them with the tools to be competitive in the modern job market. As the cyber security workforce grows, it is also my hope that additional training programs will be developed for unemployed or underemployed individuals looking for new challenges. I believe that Rhode Island can and must be a leader in cyber security, and I hope that our efforts will grow into a national model for harnessing young talent.”

“New England Tech is proud to once again work as an affiliate partner of the Cyber Aces Competition,” stated Flynn. “The mission of the program is to build a future workforce with the cyber security skills required to meet the high demand in both the private and public sectors. We are pleased to be affiliated with this most important program.”

Congressman Langevin Announces Winners of RI Cyber Security Contest At NEIT

From GoLocalProv.com

For the second year in a row, Exeter-West Greenwich High School student Adam Sowden has been named the top finisher in the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.

Beating out more than 100 students from eight different schools, Sowden was lauded for his efforts in the third edition of the contest, where students competed in timed quizzes to test their aptitude in three areas of effective cybersecurity: networking, operating systems and system administration.

Last spring, Langevin called for more Rhode Island business participation in the competition, saying “it is imperative that we increase their involvement,” and, for his efforts, Sowden was awarded a $1,500 check from McCabe Software, a Cranston computer company, as well as a $2,000 scholarship offer from New England Institute of Technology.

The second and third-place finishers, East Greenwich High School’s Xiaoyi (Julian) Wu and Chariho High School’s Joseph Caruso, each won $500 from McCabe and will receive scholarship offers of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively from New England Tech.

“I congratulate Adam, Julian and Joseph on their outstanding performances,” Langevin said in a press release. “With tremendous leadership from Erin and New England Tech, this program is introducing students to an industry that is poised for tremendous growth and new job opportunities in our state. You can’t have effective workforce development, however, unless the business community is fully engaged, so I’m especially excited about the commitment from McCabe Software to giving high schoolers across the state the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity.”

Tech Nite Open House 2012

Come to Tech Nite and learn more about NEIT Don’t miss this chance to learn about the more than 35 technology programs offered at New England Institute of Technology.  Stop by our “Tech Nite” Open House at the East Greenwich Campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Just report to the East Greenwich campus where tours of this campus, as well as the Post Road and Access Road campuses, will depart.  You will have the opportunity to tour our campuses as well as to speak with faculty, Admissions and Financial Aid personnel.

We have so many new Associate in Science degree programs to offer like Veterinary Technology, Respiratory Care Technology and Health Information Management Technology.   Our Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology now offers a cyber security concentration which is a fast- growing field in the computer industry. Licensed Registered Nurses may learn about Rhode Island’s first online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.  We are very excited to now offer our new Master of Science degree in Information Technology.

If you need more information regarding “Tech Nite” or any of our programs, just call our Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit the college’s website at www.neit.edu.

We hope to see you on November 7th!

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Cyber Security Competition

There are exciting things happening in the world of cyber security!

New England Institute of Technology along with the Rhode Island Department of Education, the RI Science & Technology Advisory Council, and Tech Collective will once again join Congressman Jim Langevin in offering the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition. We are looking for talented Rhode Island high school students who one day may be future cyber security experts for U.S. companies and government agencies.

This competition has two parts. The first component is an on-line tutorial and video to help students study. The second part has quizzes so students may demonstrate their skills. Three main topics are covered: networking, operating systems, and system administration. To make it easier to prepare, each topic has a separate set of educational materials and a separate quiz.  The quizzes are scheduled for November 2, November 16 and December 7 2012. So you can plan your time accordingly, each of the three competitions is expected to take a total of 2-6 hours of preparation time and about 1 hour for the quizzes.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting competition, register at www.cyberfoundations.org
by Monday, October 22, 2012. The cost for a high school to register is $100.00 with no limit to the number of students enrolling, or individuals may register for $25.00 per person.

Our Manager for Admissions Outreach and Events, Erin Flynn, is once again, serving as the RI Cyber Foundations Challenge State Coordinator. If you have any questions, contact Erin at 401-739-5000 or at eflynn@neit.edu. Good luck!

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