Congratulations to Kyle Daun, a Bachelor of Science degree student in NEIT’s Information Technology/Cybersecurity program, on receiving a generous scholarship from Lighthouse Computer Services through Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Lighthouse Computer Services awards scholarships to Rhode Island students enrolled in Information Technology programs at a Rhode Island college or university and with an affiliation to one of the five U.S. Military branches. Kyle enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served as a Military Police Officer for 12 years, stationed in Missouri, Germany, Hawaii and Virginia. Knowing a college degree would advance his career, this devoted husband and father of four young boys decided to enroll at NEIT. Still in the Army Reserves Kyle stated, “Enlisting in the Army after high school was the best choice for me.” This well-deserved scholarship could not have been awarded to a more worthy individual. Great job, Kyle!
In collaboration with the Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Competition, New England Tech will host the awards presentation for the winners of SANS Cyber Aces Online, a national cyber security contest for high school students as well as adults interested in exploring the skills needed to be successful in the cyber security field. The SANS Institute is a global leader in cyber security training.
The course covers the three foundation areas of information security that include networking, operating systems, and systems administration. Top performers of the competition will be invited to an online State Championship on June 27, 2015, to compete for honors and scholarships. The competition is free to participants and is now open for registration. To qualify for the national championship, competitors must complete the three required program areas by June 4, 2015. New England Tech will offer scholarships to the top three winners. Visit http://www.cyberaces.org/ for more information.
The CyberPatriot competition is a national contest involving middle and high school teams. The CyberPatriot program is sponsored by the National Air Force Association program. The Rhode Island Chapter of CyberPatriot is organized by the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Air Force Association, and the University of Rhode Island. Dean Plowman, NEIT’s department chair of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technologies, serves as President of the Rhode Island Air Force Association.
At the recent 2014-2015 CyberPatriot awards ceremony held on May 6th at New England Tech, Dean Plowman and Erik Van Renselaar, department chair for Information Technology, spoke to the high school students about cyber security opportunities offered at NEIT. Several Rhode Island high schools offer CyberPatriot programs such as Warwick Area Career and Tech, LaSalle Academy, The MET School (East Bay), Middletown High School, Portsmouth High School, Rogers High School, Tiverton High School and The Wheeler School.
NEIT will be hosting the Rhode Island CyberPatriot Open House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Room S330 at the East Greenwich campus. This CyberPatriot recruitment event is open to Rhode Island educators, students and their families to learn more about the program. For more information visit http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/.
It seems like not a week goes by without news of companies being hacked. Sony pictures, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Anthem (2nd largest Health provider in the US), Ebay, SnapChat and British Airways to just name a FEW companies that were hacked recently. Here is a Link to the World’s Biggest Data Breaches for a complete list of recently hacked companies.
Everyone is creating data. Whether you are sending that SnapChat to your bestie or you are purchasing a cool phone case on Ebay. YOU are creating data that CAN be hacked.
Companies are challenged more and more each year with protecting their data. Whether it is customer credit cards, a companies secret patents or private photos posted to your social network. Maybe even bigger challenge for companies than protecting YOUR data, is finding qualified Cyber-Security specialist to prevent the next assault on their data.
Check out this great story from CBS News.
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SANS Cyber Aces Online makes available, free and online, selected courses from the professional development curriculum offered by The SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training. SANS goal in making these courses available as open courseware is to help grow the talent pool and accelerate the rate at which skilled cyber professionals can enter the information security industry – filling mission critical jobs currently going unfilled.
The course covers the three foundation areas of information security.
□ Networking □ Operating Systems □ Systems Administration
The Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Championship
Top performers in the SANS Cyber Aces Online will be invited to an online State Championship on June 27, 2015, to compete for top honors and scholarships. Qualified participants will compete in SANS NetWars. SANS NetWars is a suite of hands-on, interactive learning scenarios that enable information security professionals to develop and master the real-world, in-depth skills they need to excel in their field.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
QUALIFYING ENDS: June 4, 2015
AWARDS: New England Institute of Technology will award scholarships to the top three finalists.
Current New England Institute of Technology students is not eligible for scholarships and scholarships can only be applied to full time degree program at NEIT.
The Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Championship is hosted in partnership with the New England Institute of Technology.
Visit www.cyberaces.org for more information.
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:
- Online tutorials, video and audio education materials that allow participants to expand their knowledge
- 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.”