Posted by svanhorn on 7 Nov 2017

On Halloween night at Capitol, the university library had become a haunted house. Phantoms and monsters of every description lurked among the creatively decorated stacks.

“It brought out all of the students who really appreciate Halloween,” explains Brandi McKee, director of Student Life and Residential Services. “The creative use of going to the dollar store and getting spider webs and streamers, and blacking out windows to create the maze and to have people strategically in different places… the creativity was the coolest part of it. They really utilized resources phenomenally.”

For McKee, the event was an ideal example of the student community coming together to do something fun for their fellow students – a philosophy encouraged at the university.  S-Lab (the student run, student leadership board) had several meetings to put the event together, working with non-S-Lab student community members to make the event a success.

“Student life is student driven.” You’ll hear that motto often at Capitol. But what does that mean for students who want to start a club, who want to participate in on-campus activities, or who just want to be able to meet other students?

According McKee, it means that any student can come to her with an idea and she can help to make it a reality. “The students generate the ideas. They generate the ‘This is what I want’ ‘This is how I want to do it.’ And we’re here to provide the resources, and that’s not just money.” McKee helps to pull Capitol’s resources towards various student projects and desires. She connects students to each other, the Resident Assistants on campus, and S-Lab to help make what they want possible.

Ideas can be as simple as wanting more people to eat with at your favorite restaurant. One student said to McKee, “I wish I had more people to go and eat with, I really like Buffalo Wild Wings.” McKee involved the RA’s, who organized groups of people to start going on Thursday nights.

 Another student reached out to McKee because she had family in Puerto Rico and wanted to do something to help. From there, McKee helped to foster the student’s ideas to create a charity drive for Puerto Rico. The student reached out to outside resources planning similar projects and rallied the support of her fellow students to make the drive possible.

The student behind the drive has also inspired a community blood drive for Puerto Rico, coming up Wednesday (November 8). The charitable drive itself will focus on medical supplies, with more information to follow from Student Life.

“The students have to have that investment into it,” said McKee. “What do you want to do? Okay. And then the student life piece of it is how do we get you there?”


Posted by raherschbach on 7 Nov 2017

The Capitol community recently welcomed SAS representatives to our campus for a special event on Friday (November 3). SAS, an industry leader in analytics software and services, came out to discuss the rising demand for analytical talent in technology and business.

Students who attended the event were able to gain a better understanding of the current lack of people resources available to companies regarding analytical needs, what analytical business and cyber analytics programs might involve, and the demand for these skilled workers in both government and industry positions.

Andre de Waal, analytics consultant, SASQualified professionals in the field are in short supply, said SAS analytical consultant Andre’ de Waal. “As everybody knows, there’s a huge shortage of analytical talent out there and some estimates are that millions of students will be needed.” 

Many companies, from traditional businesses to technology pioneers are looking for students with these specializations, he added.

SAS sees a mutually beneficial relationship in assisting universities like Capitol with developing programs in analytics, De Waal noted. “We have the technology and the tools. So we’d like to make our tools and technology available to universities so that you can be exposed to the tools and analytics, so that when [students] get to the workforce they are ready to succeed without the companies having to go for further training.”

Preparing students for the workforce through hands-on training and collaborative learning has long been a cornerstone of Capitol Technology University’s approach to technology education. Starting in Fall 2018, the university is launching a master’s degree program in cyber analytics and an undergraduate degree program in business analytics.

Starting a cyber analytics program is a natural fit for Capitol in many ways. Given the university’s longstanding engagement with cybersecurity, we are in a unique position to prepare our students to become the pioneers of the field. Capitol was one of the first institutions of higher education to offer an academic degree program in cybersecurity. In 2010, it started the nation’s first doctoral degree program in the field. Capitol’s cybersecurity program is a DHS and NSA-designated Center of Excellence in cybersecurity education.

With the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks on the increase, many see analytics as a way to keep ahead of potential adversaries. “It opens up the possibility of predicting malicious behavior before it happens,” Sarah Alspaw, Director of Career Development and Student Success, said. “As many companies and organizations have learned, pre-empting an attack is far less costly than cleaning up after one."

To learn more about our upcoming programs in business and cyber analytics, contact the admissions department at or phone 800-950-1992


Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Nov 2017

The internet has transformed the way we live, work, and interact. In many respects, it has also opened up uncharted legal territory, with experts scrambling to sort out the implications. Businesses want to know who is liable if sensitive data is compromised in a breach. Individuals want to protect themselves from losses and damage incurred by events such as “doxxing” or identity theft. The list goes on.

We asked Dr. Curtis KS Levinson, a leading cyber policy expert, to identify some of the hot-button legal issues impacting the cyber arena. Dr. Levinson is the US Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO and also runs a private consultancy specializing in compliance, continuity/recovery, governance, and security issues.

While cyber law is a vast field, Levinson said, four areas are of particular interest currently: ransomware, identity theft, the Internet of Things, and the legal requirement (in many states) for businesses to have a valid Written Information Security Program on file.

Ransomware: In recent years, more and more individuals and businesses have fallen prey to cyber criminals who infiltrate computer systems, encrypt valuable assets, and threaten to destroy the data or render it permanently inaccessible unless money is paid to them. “I almost always recommend not paying the ransom,” Dr. Levinson says. “Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for it to have it happen all over again.” Those hit by such an attack, he notes, not only suffer the consequences of losing their data but must go through the often messy process of assigning valuation to what has been lost. If they have taken out cyber insurance, there may be questions as to what is covered.

Identity Theft: Malicious actors not only appropriate the identities of individual persons but in some cases are able to impersonate entire organizations. In both cases, Levinson says, questions may arise as to who is liable for actions performed in the name of that individual or organization. “It’s not like with credit card fraud, where you’re only liable for a set amount and the credit company picks up the rest,” he warns. “If your identity has been stolen, there may be no clear limitation on what you’re legally liable for, and for how much.”

Internet of Things (IoT): “We’re currently filling our homes and offices with IP-enabled gadgets, from coffeepots to security systems. All these devices and networks are potentially vulnerable to being breached or hacked,” Levinson says. “Your IP-enabled security system may be protecting your home or office, but who is protecting the security system?” If a system is breached and a home or business is attacked, questions arise concerning the legal recourse for victims and the liability that can be assigned to the manufacturer of the system or the vendor that sells it.

Written Information Security Program (WISP): More and more states are now requiring businesses and organizations to have a valid Written Information Security Program (WISP) on file – but many are unaware of the requirement or the steps needed for compliance, Levinson says.

If an incident occurs and a business does not have a valid WISP, any cyber insurance it has purchased may be of no avail. “There’s a lot of fine print involved in cyber insurance, and often that includes a clause stating that you must not only have a WISP in place and have tested it. Your organization can pay cyber insurance premiums every month and then not be able to collect when an attack happens.”

At Capitol Technology University, students earning a masters in cyber security will take IAE-671 Legal Aspects of Computer Security and Information Policy. This course provides an overview of the legal rights and liabilities associated with operation and use of computers and information, including the legal and regulatory compliance issues critical for chief information security officers.




Posted by raherschbach on 31 Oct 2017

"Winning this scholarship has not only lifted my financial burden, but brought smiles to my family," Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Award winner William Shaw said Wednesday (October 25) at the university's annual Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast.

Shaw is one of 55 Capitol students who have been awarded a wide variety of scholarships for 2017-18. Many were at the breakfast event, which gives scholarship winners an opportunity to meet and mingle with benefactors, trustees, faculty, and administration.

A senior majoring in computer science, Shaw chose Capitol for his university degree after getting to know the university while a high school student at Charles Flowers High School, which has an ongoing student internship program with Capitol. His experiences at Capitol have helped him develop his computer science skills to the point where he has been able to mentor others, Shaw said.

"Instead of me going to people for help, people have started coming to me for help," Shaw noted.

Capitol's new president, Dr. Bradford L. Sims, was on hand to thank benefactors and highlight the essential role they play in sustaining the life of the university and helping students achieve their academic goals.

The event also featured a keynote address by Thomas Scholl, a technology entrepreneur and inventor who founded the Hal and Kay Scholl Family Foundation Scholarship in honor of his parents. He spoke of Capitol's unique attributes as a university, describing it as a "gem" in the DC metro area.

"As a student, if you want to get a degree in engineering, technology, computer science, or cybersecurity, it turns out your choices are actually quite limited when you take everything into account: location, school size, tuition, curriculum, on/near campus living, online/in-class courses, and so on." When all these factors are taken into consideration, Capitol "comes out very favorably and often at the top," Scholl said.

Scholl's son William, who received his B.S. in cyber and information security from Capitol in 2015, then took the podium to describe some of the reasons he chose the Laurel-based university for his degree.

"When I first visited Capitol I came to realize it was the place for me. The things I liked most were the fact that it was close to home, I could study in my dorm room without distraction, and the environment was centered around people helping me succeed,” he said.

The Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast, held each year in the fall, honors the hard work of Capitol’s scholarship recipients and the generosity of those who make the scholarship opportunities possible.

Capitol is the only independent university in Maryland with a specialized focus on engineering and technology. Undergraduate programs offered at the university include astronautical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and cyber and information security. The university offers a wide range of scholarships, including the Avrum Gudelsky and Homer Gudelsky memorial awards, given each year to students who have earned high academic distinction.

For more information on how you can support Capitol students through donations and scholarships, contact Melinda Bunnell-Rhyne, assistant vice president for student engagement and university development, at


Posted by raherschbach on 30 Oct 2017

With interest and employment opportunities in analytics rising at a swift pace, Capitol Technology University is hosting SAS, a leading producer of analytics software, for a special event on Friday (November 3).

SAS representatives will be introducing students to the field, discussing current and future trends, highlighting career paths, and meeting with Capitol faculty to outline specific industry needs that will inform a brand-new master’s degree program in cyber analytics as well as an undergraduate degree program at Capitol in business analytics, to be launched in Fall 2018.

“Analytics is a field with rapidly rising employer demand, “ associate director of career services Sarah Alspaw said. “SAS is one of the key companies in this arena and the insights they provide will be immensely valuable as we prepare to make our new programs available to students starting in Fall 2018. The event will be a valuable opportunity for our students to hear about analytics opportunities straight from the source."

Faculty members will also meet with SAS to help chart out course curriculum and plan resources.

“Our professors will be working with SAS to ensure that students gain experience with the software that the industry is using and that they are obtaining the skills and knowledge that employers need,” Alspaw said.

During the Capitol event, representatives of the company will lead two workshops. An IRS representative will also be joining SAS for a panel on how federal agencies are making use of analytics tools.

“There are many things students can learn from attending the event,” Alspaw said. “They’ll learn about business and cyber analytics, and about a leading organization in the field. They’ll learn terminology used in the field and become acquainted with software and other tools and resources. And they’ll find out about employment opportunities.”

Starting a cyber analytics program is a natural fit for Capitol, given the university’s longstanding engagement with cybersecurity. Capitol was one of the first institutions of higher education to offer an academic degree program in cybersecurity. In 2010, it started the nation’s first doctoral degree program in the field. Capitol’s cybersecurity program is a DHS and NSA-designated Center of Excellence in cybersecurity education.

With the volume and sophistication of cyber attacks on the increase, many see analytics as a way to keep ahead of potential adversaries.

“It opens up the possibility of predicting malicious behavior before it happens,” Alspaw said. “As many companies and organizations have learned, pre-empting an attack is far less costly than cleaning up after one.”

The SAS event will start at 9 am in the Avrum Gudelsky auditorium on the Capitol campus. For more information, contact Career Services at