NEIT’s Cybersecurity Day Provides Inside Look at Fast Growing and Increasingly Critical Industry

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) hosted a Cybersecurity Day recently for approximately 100 students enrolled in the university’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity & Network Engineering degree programs.

Four professionals representing different facets of the industry presented their unique perspectives:

  • Special Agent Kevin Swindon, of the Boston FBI, spoke about Cyber Crimes on the national level
  • Detective Brian Macera of the Rhode Island State Police presented about the cyber crimes unit in the state
  • Tony Faria, Chief Information Security Officer at Rhode Islands’s FM Global, spoke about the softer side of Cybersecurity
  • Kyle Daun, a 2016 Grad from NEIT’s Cyber Security Bachelor’s degree program and currently an IT Security Auditor at Compass IT Compliance spoke about IT Compliance Issues

A couple of common themes emerged throughout the event – the point of being proactive when formulating a cyber security plan, and the necessity for education and training for employees throughout any organization to promote safe computing habits.

To help put the cybersecurity industry in perspective, Steve Morgan, founder, and CEO at Cybersecurity Ventures and editor in chief of the Cybersecurity Market Report, produced in 2016 a Cybersecurity Industry Outlook through 2021. His research concludes that Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and largest technology sectors. Four predictions from Cybersecurity Ventures frame the cybersecurity economy over the next five years, from 2017 to 2021.

Learn more about how you can turn your technology skills into a satisfying and critically important career at www.neit.edu

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New England Tech, Host Site for Cloud Security Seminar May 26 – Keynote by Congressman Jim Langevin

RI Cloud Security Seminar

On Friday, May 26, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will be the host site for a full-day educational event around Cloud Security, provided by RI (ISC)² and ISACA-RI, in partnership with OPTIV Security. (details below)

The event is open to the public and a learning opportunity for all levels of information security professionals, IT Auditors and those interested in this growing field. Attendees will learn about the latest solutions available in this space, hear success stories put in place by practitioners and earn 7 CPEs.

A keynote address will be given by Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, a recognized congressional leader on Cybersecurity.

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. (ISC)² Chapters provide members with the opportunity to build a local network of peers to share knowledge, exchange resources, collaborate on projects, and create new ways to earn CPE credits.

ISACA, founded in 1969, helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. It provides knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals to its more than 100,000 constituents in 180 countries.

This past winter, students in NEIT’s Video Game Design and Development (VGDD) program had a real-world experience of a lifetime when the Newport Naval War College’s (NWC) Center for Cyber-Conflict Studies (C3S) sponsored a video game design charrette – a collective brainstorming process – with real world application. More than 40 students enrolled for the opportunity to pitch real-time strategic-operational level game concepts to a panel of five judges, with the best designs meant for a prototype game to be developed.

The selected concepts were then examined by a faculty team from the NWC’s Center for Cyber-Conflict Studies. The result of the C3S team’s review was a new composite game design concept loosely based on components of the students’ games. The new concept – known as F.I.T.E., Futuristic Intelligent Tactical Equipment – is the basis for the next charrette. The result of this event will be the development of a playable prototype to be used by the Naval War College for training Naval Officers in strategic cyber security problem-solving.

NEIT offers a range of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Information Technology, including a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and Network Engineering. Learn more about how you can turn your passion into a great career at www.neit.edu.

  • When:    Friday, May 26, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
  • Seminar Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00AM – 8:30AM
  • Seminar Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost: $10 (Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included)
  • Where
    New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Contact:
    William C. Soares | ISACA-RI | bill.soares@cox.net

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New England Tech Lands Top-Finish in National Cyber Security Competition

NEIT Faculty Member Leads Team to Top-Tier Finish in Cyber Security Competition

New England Tech's Jesse Roberts leads a high school team to a top-tier finish in a national cyber security competition.

New England Tech’s Jesse Roberts leads a high school team to a top-tier finish in a national cyber security competition.

 

Through the months of October to January, New England Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Network Engineering and Cyber Security, Jesse Roberts, led a team of four students from East Greenwich High School to a top-tier finish at the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team placed number one in the state of Rhode Island and was one of two teams to compete in the highest tier in the state of Rhode Island. The CyberPatriot competition includes nearly 1,700 teams competing from across the United States.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. The organization was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cyber-security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Each team receives access to the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. This allows the team to download several operating systems and productivity tools that can be used to prepare for the competition.

Before the rounds of competition, teams download “virtual image” representations of operating systems with known flaws, or cyber-security “vulnerabilities.” Teams must find the flaws while keeping computer functions (such as email “services”) working. Team progress is recorded by a central CyberPatriot scoring system.

In the later rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber-security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region. Teams which reach the platinum tier in each state get a chance to compete in the regional competition. Top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they compete face-to-face against other teams to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. Winners of the National Finals are awarded scholarship grants.

“The students from East Greenwich High School were amazing, as was the East Greenwich High School cyber security coach, Donna Wayles,” says Roberts. “Sam Delong, Anthony Agatiello, Bryce Ingram and Conor Mason are extraordinarily talented young men. I’m happy to see them so interested in Cyber Security especially given the current state of affairs in the industry. The competition is a great tool to get younger kids more involved in this rapidly growing industry.”

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