California Cyberhub moves under Cyber-GuildTM Umbrella

 

Thousand Oaks, CA – 15 July 2019 – In line with requests from both other states across the nation and international audiences, synED, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is pleased to announce the reorganization of their pillar program for Cybersecurity Awareness. California Cyberhub will become a component of a parent program named Cyber-Guild™ to better serve national and international opportunities.

“We were experiencing rapidly increasing interest, from across the US and internationally, with communities wishing to adopt the highly successful model developed in California.” said Executive Director/Chairman of the Board, Scott Young. “The model for community engagement cyber awareness and education is proving to be highly desirable therefore, we needed to establish a parent structure with a universally appealing name.  We also found that other organizations had trademark rights to the Cyberhub name. To address the numerous requests and expand across the nation and around the globe our program is now known as Cyber-Guild.”

Cyber-Guild Director, Liz Fraumann shared, “We will hold the high standards set by the California Cyberhub program and continue to support Californian’s under that name. Cyber-Guild will look to bring new initiatives, projects and activities for everyone under the Cyber-Guild umbrella. We will continue to focus on the K-12 youth, but we look forward to increasing our engagements to include higher education, business and all community members with high value initiatives.”

 Organizations and representatives from other states or nations around the globe interested in utilizing the Cyber-Guild program should visit the website: cyber-guild.organd share what they are most interested in achieving. A Cyber-Guild Alliance is being formed to enable sharing of the leading practices and ideas to facilitate collaboration for cyber education for K-12, cyber competitions, and other activities to help build a cyber-ready workforce. These resources will be available for all Alliance participants.

Additional programs synED offers that maybe of interest to organizations, include the Digital Badge Design program, Rapid Customer Centric Design and services such as Environmental Scans and Needs Analysis from our research and reportOUT group.

 

 ABOUT synED

SynED is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence by promoting synergies between traditional, non-traditional and experiential learning to realize the best possible outcomes for students, faculty, business and society.

For more information, visit synED.org

 

ABOUT the Cyber-Guild Program

Cyber-GuildTMis the leading integrated community engagement program of synED focused on raising cybersecurity awareness and learning across the United States of America, and globally at all levels.

Over the past three years, Ed Garcia has learned right along with his students at Moorpark College when it comes to cybersecurity. Like a lot of IT professionals, he didn’t spend much time thinking about cyber threats until talk of hacking and cybercrime picked up in the media.

Garcia used his drive and connections to quickly launch both an associate degree in cybersecurity and a cyber club at Moorpark College. Both are off to a strong start and poised to continue growing.

“Three years ago, I sensed that cybersecurity was an area that needed more attention,” Garcia said. “I started building courses in the community college system, which is a very long process, so I wanted to get started right away.”

Garcia joined the Computer Network Systems Engineering (CNSE) department at Moorpark College in 2001. Before becoming an instructor, he spent 20 years at Southern California Edison, where he did everything from programming to networking. He also discovered his passion for teaching while working with at-risk students through a company outreach program.

In 2017, he was named a Ventura County Innovates Pathfinder by the Ventura County Office of Education. The ward celebrates talented leaders in education, business and community service who have made significant contributions in building pathways to employment for Ventura County students.

Garcia has never formally worked in cybersecurity, so he looked CompTIA and other industry resources, as well as models in place at other community colleges throughout California. Moorpark College now has the only cybersecurity degree in Ventura County, complete with a state-of-the-art classroom.

Last fall, the college also launched a cyber club to give students even more hands-on experience to complement what they are learning in the classroom. The club helped Garcia host the California Mayors Cyber Cup at Moorpark College and will begin entering its own cyber competitions in the upcoming school year. Read more

In alignment with the recent Executive Order by President Donald Trump, synED and the California Cyberhub team stand ready to help communities across California and beyond, cultivate cyber security awareness and a lifetime of learning. Be Part of the Solution.

Read the Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce here.

Small business’ often believe they are not part of the cyber threatscape. However, a leading practice that can assist is to practice good cyber hygiene and ensure you do simple things like remembering to change the password on your routers. Additional items to help keep the small business community safer can be found here.


Our honeypots frequently detect scans targeting various home automation protocol endpoints. Many of these attacks aim to exploit vulnerable consumer routers. Upon further investigation, we’ve discovered a persistent flaw affecting Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers that allows unauthenticated remote access to sensitive information.

Read the full article here.

In the construction trades, it is often said that the strength of a building is in its foundation. In the ‘90s, with the goal of obtaining Microsoft’s Windows NT 3.5 MCSE certification, my first attempt was their 70-058 Network Essentials exam.

Decades later and unknown to most of us, the current version of their Networking Essentials exam (98-366) appears to languish with a publication date of August 2010, serving as a stepping stone towards Microsoft’s MTA certification (1).

As noted on Microsoft’s website, however, “MTA exams do not qualify for MCP certification, nor are they a prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD certification.”(2) Without that connection to a valued Microsoft professional certification (e.g. MCP), Microsoft has in my opinion effectively devalued this foundational certification exam.

In contrast, CompTIA and Cisco both seem focused on improving their fundamentals certification offerings, recognizing these initial certification offerings as a stepping stone for their higher level certifications.

Read the full article here.

The cyber team at Enochs High School took first place in the Central Valley’s California Mayors Cyber Cup competition less than a year after it was formed. The success was the product of hard work by dedicated students and a supportive network of coaches and mentors to help them along the way.

The Enochs team started at the beginning of the school year after junior Luke LeCain attended a cyber camp at Modesto Junior College (MJC) last summer. He was immediately taken by the experience and recruited 10 of his friends to form two cyber teams.

LeCain and his teammates presented the California Mayors Cyber Cup trophy to Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold at a City Council meeting. They will go on to compete in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge this summer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

In addition to winning the California Mayors Cyber Cup, the Enochs High School teams also performed well in the CyberPatriot competition. LeCain already has his sights set on bigger goals for next year.

Read the full article here.

Between online learning and interactive digital classrooms, technology is completely shifting how students are being taught and gaining knowledge. Not only does this technology affect students, but also professionals undergoing corporate trainings or looking for ways to upskill, according to a recent Gartner report.

“Institutions looking to thrive in the expanding education ecosystem must leverage technology early on that enables them to become more innovative,” Glenda Morgan, senior research director at Gartner, said in a press release.

The report identified the following 10 strategic technologies predicted to have the biggest impact on higher education this year.

Read the full article here.

Thousand Oaks, CA – 24 April 2019 – In a move to continue its leadership role in helping to redefine global educational platforms, synED, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is pleased to announce the expansion of its Board of Directors, the addition of an advisory committee and a new director of its California Cyberhub initiative.

“Including leaders in their fields that have unique experiences and passion is crucial to help drive our efforts to fulfill synED’s charter to change the way our global citizens are educated and trained. We are pleased to announce the following representatives that will broaden our organizational expertise, and expand our influence. In turn, their market presence and stature will serve as a solid base for us to move swiftly and to gain participation in all facets of our organization,” said Executive Director/Chairman of the Board, Scott Young. The following industry leaders are joining the synED Board of Directors:

United States Air Force, Major General (Ret.) Sheila Zuelke – “As a nation, we must start cyber security education early and sustain learning and vigilance throughout our lives…our nation needs every citizen to be a cyber defender to protect our way of life.” Zuelke retired from the United States Air Force Reserve in June 2017 after 34 years of distinguished service, including as a Major General and Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber. During her Air Force career, she also served as the senior reserve advisor to the Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency.  More about Major General Zuelke.

Mr. Gary Wang most recently served as the Army Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6. Wang moved from his position as Director of Intelligence Systems and Architectures, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he has had executive oversight for numerous intelligence programs across the armed services and defense agencies since 2012.

In Army circles, he is best known as the change agent who will help the Army accelerate to the modern, secure and globally-available network needed now and for the future. More about Mr. Wang.

In addition to the Board expansion, Ms. Liz Fraumann will assume the role of Director of the California Cyberhub, a key synED initiative. Under her direction, the organization anticipates deeper community level engagement and growth in all programs associated with California Cyberhub. “We are thrilled to have Liz join the organization. Her rich experience of running the Securing Our eCity Foundation for over eight years and her international experience will lead Cyberhub to new heights,” said Scott Young.

To help guide our efforts, by having a touchstone across government, business, education and society in general, we have established an Advisory Committee that will work directly with the Board of Directors. We are pleased to announce the following individuals as the first two representatives to join this committee. Ms. Laura Lee, Executive VP at Circadence and Mr. Rick McElroy, Head of Security Strategy for Carbon Black.

The current synED Board of Directors and officers include: Ms. Florence Nissim, Secretary; David Daggett, Treasurer; and Scott Young, Executive Director/Chairman of the Board.

ABOUT synED

SynED is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational excellence by promoting synergies between traditional, non-traditional and experiential learning to realize the best possible outcomes for students, faculty, business and society.

For more information, visit synED.org

ABOUT California Cyberhub Initiative

California Cyberhub is a synED initiative focused on engaging communities to advance cyber security awareness and life-long learning. The goals are to provide highly interactive opportunities with a focus on collaboration, communication, creativity, persistence and adaptability for all while fostering cyber career opportunities. Engage with California Cyberhub to advance cyber security awareness and life-long learning: ca-cyberhub.org.

SANS Institute has launched a national cybersecurity program designed specifically for high school girls to encourage more females into the industry and to reduce the national cyber skills gap.

The Girls-only cybersecurity program, Girls Go CyberStart, is the result of a partnership between 27 state governors and SANS Institute. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Girls who want to participate in the free program do not need any experience in gaming or computer science, but must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private school (or the homeschool equivalent) in a participating state.

There are three stages in Girls Go CyberStart. Each stage features a series of digital challenges that introduce participants to important concepts in the field of cybersecurity, according to the release.

The first stage consists of a series of questions that measure existing knowledge, problem-solving skills and the potential for a career in cybersecurity. The second stage involves learning techniques to take on real world challenges such as cracking codes and finding security flaws. The final stage is for the best performing teams from each state who will compete in a national online ‘Capture the Flag’ competition.

More information can be found here.

CyberAegis Aether shows success in statewide efforts to bring girls into cybersecurity and STEM.

Next week, thousands of students from across the country will compete in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot XI Finals in Baltimore, the culmination of a year of hard work and dedication.

Among those teams is CyberAegis Aether, a group of five seventh and eighth grade girls from Oak Valley Middle School in San Diego, who are ranked third among all middle school CyberPatriot teams in the U.S. This dynamic group of young women shows that anyone can excel in cyber competitions and cyber careers, regardless of gender.

Beyond that, though, team members Rachel Lee and Ellen Xu said that the friendships they’ve formed will last into high school and beyond. Part of the team’s success is how well they work together and how close they’ve become.

“We’ll always come back to this group of girls. We’ve all experienced so much together,” said Lee, who is the team’s captain and CyberAegis president at Oak Valley Middle School. “This team will always have a special place in my heart.”

“It doesn’t feel like we’re just a team,” Xu said. “It feels like we’re a family or really close friends,”

Under the direction of Coach Paul Johnson, CyberAegis is a force to be reckoned with, with six of its teams competing in CyberPatriot Nationals. To gain a competitive edge, Lee said team members spend an average of two hours each night studying on their own in addition to scheduled practices.

Even if the team does not win in Baltimore, the girls say the extra effort will be worth it because it’s helped teach them valuable time management skills.

“There are only 24 hours in each day, so we make sure that we make use of each minute and get everything done,” Xu said. “We make sure that we get really in-depth on things that matter to us.”

When CyberAegis Aether competes, they are representing much more than themselves or even their school. Even at a young age, they are aware of the spotlight that’s on them as young cyber leaders.

“As an all-girls team, we want to convey the message to the rest of the world and help other girls around the world know that STEM fields are gender-neutral fields,” Xu said.

It’s a badge they wear proudly on behalf of girls around the United States and around the world.

“When we compete, we’re representing all the girls who are underrepresented in the STEM field and don’t have as many opportunities as we do,” Lee said.

Teams like CyberAegis Aether are an important part of meeting the demand for cybersecurity workers across California. Meeting this need is a high priority for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, which supports the national Girls Go CyberStart program.

Girls Go CyberStart is a series of interactive challenges designed to introduce girls to cybersecurity. More than 6,000 high school girls across the U.S. participated in the program in 2018.

“California businesses are struggling to fill cybersecurity-related jobs with qualified employees. As we work to close that gap, it’s critical that we bring greater diversity to the field of cybersecurity so that our businesses are better able to anticipate the full range of threats they face,” said Governor’s Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Lenny Mendonca. “The GirlsGoCyberStart Program is an important way for us to get more young women and girls to consider cybersecurity as a viable and fulfilling career path. There’s no question that a more diverse workforce leads to stronger businesses and a stronger California.”

Other opportunities for middle and high school girls to become involved in cybersecurity include the California Mayors Cyber Cup and the CyberTech Girls program.

Lee offered a few words of advice for any girls who are interested in cybersecurity but worried about being one of the only girls in the room.

“Don’t let the guys put you down because you can be just as good them and you can be even better than them,” Lee said. “Surround yourself with people who love you and support your and don’t be afraid to follow your passion.”