Posted by raherschbach on 15 Oct 2015

Capitol’s Cyber Lab is excited to present the latest in a series of special events, dubbed Cyber Saturdays, designed for students and young people with an interest in computers, coding, gaming and cybersecurity.

If that sounds like you, you’ll want to be at the McGowan Center on the Capitol campus starting at noon this Saturday (October 17) for a series of exciting, game-type activities, including “Oddball” and “Lock Picking.”

Food will be provided, and participants will also have the opportunity to win door prizes. The event will be held at the Cyber Lab, a pioneering facility that provides a venue for practicing cybersecurity skills and techniques in a real-time setting. The lab is located on the second floor of the McGowan Center, in Room M201.

Cyber Saturdays are mainly intended to be fun, while at the same time involving skills utilized in cybersecurity, one of today’s most in-demand fields.

“These events increase awareness and then they get students interested in the [cybersecurity] profession,” says Professor William Butler, chair of the Cybersecurity program at Capitol.

Cyber Saturdays have been a recurring event at Capitol since 2013. Megan Young, director of admissions operations, says the program is retooled on a regular basis to make it even more fun and challenging for participants.

“It gets better and better each year,” Young said. “Different people run it each year, and each set of organizers brings their own take to the event, so we’re continually introducing a fresh perspective. The basic purpose remains the same, but there’s variety in terms of the specific activities.”

The event is open to anyone with an interest in computers or gaming, but space is limited. To find out more, contact the Cyber Lab at



Posted by raherschbach on 14 Oct 2015

The president of the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) was at the Capitol Technology University campus in Laurel, MD on Wednesday (October 14) to flesh out new details of a partnership announced earlier in the year.

Fr. George Nkeze (pictured, right) met with Capitol administration and faculty, including Vice President of Academic Affairs Vic Maconachy, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Dianne O’Neill, Academic Dean Helen Barker, and the chair of Capitol’s cybersecurity program, William Butler (left).

CUIB, founded in 2010., is building one of West Africa’s first academic programs in cybersecurity, a field of rapidly increasing importance around the globe. Capitol has agreed to mentor the effort by training CUIB faculty and helping to develop curricula and materials.

Faculty from the partner institution will have the opportunity, as needed, to visit Capitol and make use of the university’s Cyber Battle Lab, an innovative facility that aims to set the bar for real-time, hands-on cybersecurity training.

Possible future plans include hosting CUIB faculty at the Laurel campus and making Capitol courses accessible to CUIB students via online platforms.

“The meeting today with representatives of the CUIB was another step towards establishing a more formal agreement between the two universities on a collaborative cybersecurity education degree program,” Maconachy said. “We look forward to the next step.”

Capitol and CUIB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July. According to O’Neill, Wednesday’s discussions aimed at developing more details of the planned collaboration. “We’re at the next level,” she said.

Forging international partnerships is one of the goals laid out in Capitol’s five-year strategic plan, adopted in 2013. Among other avenues of institutional deveopment, it outlines a commitment to become more active in serving international countries, companies and learners.

“I’m very excited about our continuing partnership with CUIB and the expansion it brings for our internationalization,” O’Neill said.


Posted by raherschbach on 9 Oct 2015

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Puente Library has books and resources available for those wishing to explore the many facets of this crucial and rapidly evolving field.

The library is highlighting those resources throughout the month, while also helping to get the word out about best practices when using computers and networks.

"In a world where we are increasingly all becoming digital citizens, cybersecurity awareness could not be more important to the well-being of all online users. The National Cyber Security Alliance is running an excellent national cybersecurity education and awareness campaign called “STOP.THINK.CONNECT” which helps to promote safe usage for online users by cultivating awareness and promoting safe practices," said librarian Susanna Carey.

"Similarly, here at the Puente Library, we want to help support students, faculty and staff who utilize online library resources to be conscious of their online habits, practice Internet safety and understand that while there are risks in having a digital footprint, we can safely utilize the Internet’s resources with careful usage practices," Carey said.

Library aide Nayovi Leon has been closely involved with this month's activities at Puente.

"We have set up displays and programs to help inform Capitol students about what is available here at the library in terms of resources," she said. "We want everyone on campus to know that cybersecurity is of high importance, and that the library is doing its part to promote awareness."

Leon urged students to maintain a cybersecurity mindset and follow precautions such as setting strong passwords and not sharing those passwords with anyone else, making sure antivirus software is installed and up to date, locking the computer when it is not in use, and keeping an eye out for suspicious e-mails or attachments.

Stop by the Puente Library anytime this month see a display promoting cybersecurity awareness and learn more about the campaign at!



Posted by raherschbach on 8 Oct 2015

As director of residence life and student services at Capitol, Jason Kilmer is in charge of the residence halls, and also responsible for students living off-campus at The Towers. He supervises the residential assistants and oversees student activities, making sure clubs have met the requirements for recognition, have an active membership, and continue to hold meetings. He also helps facilitate a wide range of activities, from movie nights to trips to events such as Baltimore’s Otakon.

With the fall semester in full swing, we asked Kilmer to comment on the issues and challenges that he sees students commonly facing as they adjust to university life.

What are some of the questions and challenges that incoming students face when they're adjusting to campus life?

For the majority of students, it’s sharing space with seven other peers. It’s having roommates, when they haven’t necessarily had roommates before. It’s someone needing to be more cognizant of cleaning up after themselves. Mom, Dad or little sister’s chore might have been to run the dishwasher, to clean up after dinner – and now you realize that it’s on you to do that. Grocery shopping – there’s another. These are probably the biggest themes that we see during the first few weeks of the semester.

What about after they’ve been here awhile?

After that, it’s adjusting to the freedom that they have and what to do with that freedom. The time management piece is important.  Before they were in school from 8 am to 2 pm and they were at the high school, in a structured environment.  Now, they may only have 1½ to three hours a day of class, so they have all that unstructured free time – how are they managing it? Are they going back and doing their work – reading, or doing the math problems? Are they keeping up with the lab work? Or are they playing video games, or s playing Risk or Monopoly instead of getting their homework done? How are they managing their time with all this freedom? We don’t have built-in study halls here like they might have in high school. So what steps are they taking to create a study hall environment? Are they going to the library? Or doing other things and then realizing at 1 am that they have a paper due?

Do you have any advice for them concerning strategies for time management?

The most important thing is to find your routine. Try to work out a plan for, say, Monday – and then make every Monday follow that plan. That way you’re in the routine, you know what to expect, and you’ll have a head-start in case something comes up that disrupts your schedule.

Life happens. The unexpected happens. If you have time built in for that unexpectedness, then it’s a lot easier to adjust.  Otherwise what happens is that you put off something until the last minute, and then something you didn’t plan for happens and you can’t get it done.  So have a routine, expect the unexpected, and plan ahead.


Posted by raherschbach on 2 Oct 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)! With the goal of promoting vigilance and best practices among all users of computers and networks, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have sponsored NCSAM every year since 2004.

As home to nationally recognized programs in cybersecurity and computer science, Capitol Technology University places great signifiance on this annual occasion. For October 2015, the university is marking it with a series of notable events, including talks and presentations, a visit to campus by an NSA education representative, and a day of cyber competitions and games held at the university's Cyber Battle Lab. For a complete calendar, scroll to the end of this post.

Tech talks held on October 15 at Puente Library will focus on reverse engineering and drones. The following week, on October 21, cybersecurity chair Wiliam Butler will deliver a webinar on security issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT), in conjuncution with the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).  His presentation will be accessible online to IWCE members.

Meanwhile, on October 17, anyone with an interest in cybersecurity is invited to attend the university's Cyber Saturday held at the Cyber Battle Lab at the McGowan Center. Games and competitions have been designed for students at all levels.

Capitol faculty are starting off the month with participation in panel discussiions at the 13th Annual Cybernetics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3®) conference and the inaugural National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference. On October 1, cybersecurity program chair William Butler joined Shanice White and Marilyn Fitzpatrick of Charles Herbert Flowers High School in discussions on dual high school enrollments, stackable credentials, and transfer pathways.

“Every citizen has a part to play in protecting our critical infrastructure,” Butler says. “Although you may not think that phone in your hand or the computer at your desk is critical infrastructure, actually it is. It’s potentially another venue hackers can use to get into the system and wreak havoc.

"All of us can and should take steps to protect our phones, computers and data and thus help contribute to improved cybersecurity. That’s what this month is all about.”

The complete list of Capitol activities marking NCSAM follows below.


Oct 1-2

 13th Annual Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity (C3®) Conference. Capitol and Flowers HS faculty will participate in panel discussions focused on dual high school enrollments, stackable credentials, and transfer pathways.The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum, Maryland
Oct 8NSA education representative visit to campus. Our NSA education outreach representative and a young cyber engineer will discuss work life and career opportunities at the Agency.

Cyber Battle Lab

Oct 15

CAE Tech Talks. Capitol will host two cutting edge presentations of interest; all interested students are invited to attend: 

Introduction to Reverse Engineering x86 (1 – 2 pm EST) Presenter: Professor Matt Miller (University of Nebraska at Kearney)

The Age of Drones and Cybersecurity (2:15 – 3:15 EST)  Presenter: Professor Vincent Nestler (Capitol Technology University)

Puente Library, L102 or online via Adobe Connect:

Oct 17

Cyber Saturday. Action packed day of fun cyber competitions and games for all. This day targets beginners, intermediate and advanced students.  All are welcome to attend.

Cyber Battle Lab
Oct 21

Internet of Things Security Presentation. Professor Bill Butler will present to International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) members on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The presentation will be virtual to the IWCE membership.

International Wireless Communications Expo
Oct 28

Cyber Maryland. Professor Bill Butler will speak with a panel focused on NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (Promoting Education & Research).

Baltimore Convention Center
Oct 28

Maryland Cyber Challenge Final Round: Capitol advanced to round 2 with the final round being held in Baltimore on this day.

Oct 29Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

The admissions office will host 40 school students from MESA Howard County. Students will have the opportunity to hear about Capitol, tour the campus and be apart of a Cyber demonstration in the university’s Cyber Battle Lab.

Capitol Campus