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News stories every day show the need to protect national security, corporate and other institutions from cyber attacks. Thus, inspiring a new generation of students to enter the cyber security field is the goal of a free camp taking place at USD this summer.

The GenCyber Academy of Excellence, funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, engaged students in a variety of exciting activities including responding to mock cyber attacks and hacking, designing systems to prevent them, along with the basics of cyber security knowledge and ethics.

“Capturing students’ attention at an early age is the way to build a pipeline of young professionals ready to meet these challenges,” said Chell Roberts, PhD, dean of USD's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

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One of the things I appreciate most about Circadence® is the company’s dedication to training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Not only do we have a superior internship program, but also Circadence is involved in a number of ongoing efforts to address the critical cybersecurity skills gap.

This summer Circadence is partnering with the University of San Diego (USD) to facilitate the week-long Advanced GenCyber Rising Cyber Stars Program. Funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, the program aims to address the critical cybersecurity skills gap, which information security advocacy group ISACA predicts will grow to 2 million unfilled jobs by 2019.

During this program, which will run from July 31 to August 4, 25 STEM-interested rising 10th-12th grade students will receive formal instruction from USD faculty, gain hands-on experience with cyber defense tools and work in teams to solve real-world cybersecurity problems. They will also tour local cybersecurity organizations. By the end of the week, they will be able to demonstrate intermediate knowledge of foundational elements of cybersecurity in the context of application to a career field.

Article originally posted on University of San Diego website.

They are still in high school but a group of students from around the country will explore some of the most sophisticated elements of cybersecurity at California’s only Advanced GenCyber Rising Stars Camp at the University of San Diego.

Students will take on roles as security engineer, cyber investigator, penetration tester and cyber analyst at the camp funded by the National Security Agency that runs from Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.

“Nearly every day, our nation faces cyber attacks on our security, government, industry and nonprofit institutions,” said Chell Roberts, Dean of the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “We are honored and excited to host this exclusive advanced camp that will help develop a pipeline of talented, young professionals to meet these challenges.”

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“Cyber Monday” is for shopping but a “Cyber Friday” at the University of San Diego this month gave local Catholic high school students the opportunity to learn the basics of fighting cyber crime.

The day-long seminar on Dec. 1 was sponsored by USD’s GenCyber Academy of Excellence, one of only two camps funded in California by the National Security Agency to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s cyber professionals as the United States continues to face daily cyber attacks in the public and private sectors.

A group of 44 students, including 28 female and 14 male students from Cathedral and Our Lady of Peace high schools, learned the basics of digital forensics and encryption, including recovering deleted and corrupted files and finding messages hidden behind photos and images.

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Collin Read won’t graduate from high school until next spring but he’s already experiencing his “dream job” of working as penetration tester for cyber attacks.

After winning a hacking competition at the University of San Diego’s GenCyber Academy of Excellence Advanced Camp last summer, Read was invited to intern this fall with Circadence, the camp’s industry partner and a leader in the federal cybersecurity community.

The internship has given Read a chance to practice his hacking skills that he hopes to use one day to prevent cyber attacks.

Read is working on “developing vulnerable applications so that we can collect data against it as part of our Machine Augmented Red-Teaming System,” said Circadence’s Chief Technology Officer Ashton Mozano who also teaches in USD’s Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology (CCSET).

Honors People Who Made a Difference in Cyber Security

Cyberhub Advisor Allen Stubblefield honored for making a difference!

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SANS Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the SANS 2017 Difference Makers Awards which celebrate individuals who are quietly succeeding and making breakthroughs in advancing security. The SANS Difference Maker Awards were created to honor the unsung heroes in cyber security whose innovation, skill, and hard work have resulted in real successes in information security.

According to John Pescatore, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends, "The nominations for the 2017 SANS Difference Maker Awards represent some interesting trends in cyber security. From more innovative methods to increase the cyber security talent pool to creative, low cost ways of finding and fixing vulnerabilities, this year's winners have demonstrated they are working hard and making a difference in advancing security. We are honored to recognize these talented individuals for their outstanding achievements."

After months of planning and practice, this year’s CyberPatriot competition officially began with Qualification Round 1 on November 4.

Moreno Valley College hosted 78 students from the Moreno Valley Unified School District for the round 1 competition, which also served as the Inland Empire National CyberPatriot Kickoff. The event highlighted the partnerships between community colleges, high school, the state legislature, and nonprofit organizations.

“These partnerships are vital in the growth and progression of the students and the programs,” said Donna Woods, Cyberhub Community Manager and CyberPatriot Academic Coach at Canyon Springs High School. “Our work is a collaborative effort that creates an incredible pathway for students and helps them make connections they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.”

Educators, government and business come together to meet workforce demand and create opportunities for students across the state

Contact: Scott Young
Interim Director, California Cyberhub
[email protected]

SACRAMENTO — No matter how you count, there’s a major shortage of cybersecurity workers in California. There are some 40,000 unfilled positions across the state, and that number is growing every day.

California’s higher education system is poised to meet that need through its 114 community colleges, 23 CSU campuses and 10 UC campuses. With so many players involved, communication and collaboration are key to making meaningful progress. Those conversations are already happening throughout the state and recently received the support of the California State Assembly.

The California Cyberhub, along with key players from education, industry and government were brought together by the State Assembly Joint Oversight Committee for a hearing titled “Cybersecurity Education and the Needs of the Workforce.” (Video) The hearing included representatives from the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, California Cyberhub and National University, as well as industry partners like Cisco Systems and CompTIA.

With the first round of CyberPatriot competition just around the corner, more than 100 students and their teachers met at Coastline Community College for a taste of what they might expect.

The practice round was unique in that teams who will be competing against each other on November 4 worked together to help each other.

“The more experienced teams helped the first year teams, and there was good sharing of information,” said Cyberhub Community Manager Donna Woods. “ It was a great learning day all around.”

Many of the instructors at the training were CyberPatriot alumni, which gave students the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what the state and national competitions were like.

By Steff Thomas, Federal News Radio

Finding more comprehensive and robust ways of protecting data and medical information from hackers is even more necessary as the digital world continues to evolve. Everyone is talking about the positives of cyber technology, as well as the “dark web,” but no orene has put a number on its growth or its cost until now.

“We use the spending patterns of the past to really predict what’s going to happen in the future,” Matt Hummer, director of analytics at Govini, said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. “In this past most recent year, overall spending actually reached $20 billion, and that’s more than twice the amount it was from five years ago. If we continue that current trajectory, we’re going to be looking at $43 billion worth of cyber spending in the federal government by fiscal year 2020.”

When Allen Stubblefield started the cyber competition team at Fullerton’s Troy High School in 2010, there was little in the way of guidance and he admits that he didn’t know what he was doing.

He now has the largest team in the country and was named CyberPatriot Coach of the Year in 2016. He’s partnering with the California Cyberhub initiative to share what he’s learned to help other teachers at middle schools high schools start their own CyberPatriot teams and for local colleges to support these middle and high school teams.

Stubblefield was one of the speakers at a CyberPatriot coaches training and workshop held September 16 in Ventura. The program was coordinated by Donna Woods, California Cyberhub Community Manager, and Paula Hodge, Deputy Sector Navigator for Information and Communications Technologies / Digital Media in the South Central Coast Region.

The facility will monitor for malicious activity around the clock and serve as a platform for new pilot projects and capabilities in the years to come.

By Jason Shueh, Statescoop

California is fortifying its data and digital assets with the launch of the state’s first Security Operations Center (SOC).

The state said in a blog post that the cybersecurity center, which went live in July, will defend California around the clock as it operates out of the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) Office of Information Security.