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Posted by Zahra Qureshi on 28 Sep 2017

It’s no secret – if you want a career path with an almost certain guarantee of being hired at a good salary with ample room for growth, cybersecurity is that field.

Incidents like the recent breach at Equifax demonstrate just how costly and destructive cybercrime can be, and just how important it is to have cybersecurity expertise in place.

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Forbes magazine recently claimed cybersecurity as the “fastest growing job with a huge skills gap.”

“Every year in the U.S., 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cyber-security related roles,” the magazine reported, citing data from CyberSeek.

Within the cybersecurity field, the most sought-out positions include penetration tester, cybersecurity engineer, and CISO, according to TechRepublic.

The outlook for all three, and for similar or related job paths, is robust. In the future, “we may see a heavier focus on engineering and analysts, and a lot of companies are probably going to be looking for designated leadership with cybersecurity," the article quoted Stephen Zafarino, senior director of recruiting at Mondo, as saying.

With organizations looking for specific skills and professional expertise, it’s important for cybersecurity bachelor’s programs to keep abreast of the evolving needs of industry, says Dr. William Butler, chair of Capitol Technology University’s cyber and information security program and director of its Cyber Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center.

“We’ve made that a cornerstone of our program,” Butler said. “Our cybersecurity faculty consists of working professionals in the field – people who deal head-on every day with the fast-changing threat horizon. We also consult regularly with business and industry to find out what their most pressing needs are so we can tailor programs to meet those needs.”

“Our approach is practical and hands-on,” he said. “It’s about teaching the skills you’ll actually need on the job.”

Capitol graduates have gone on to work for firms such as General Dynamics and Leidos, as well as for the DoD and other agencies. Some, like James C. Foster of ZeroFOX, have launched their own companies.

“Our track record and access to industry sets us apart even from larger competitors here in Maryland,” he said. “Whether you want to work for a contractor, the federal government or the private sector, Capitol can help you get there,” Butler said.

 

 

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Posted by raherschbach on 27 Sep 2017

With a recent, high-profile breach potentially impacting 143 million Americans – close to half the population – cybersecurity is already on the front burner as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) begins on October 1.

“It’s very sobering,” Dr. William Butler, chair of the cybersecurity program at Capitol Technology University, says of the attack. “This incident hits closer to home, for most Americans, than previous breaches did. Almost everyone depends on credit to some degree or another, and until now it was widely assumed that the credit rating agencies had the ability to protect vital data. That assumption has now been forever shattered.”

Building public awareness of cybersecurity threats is a high priority for Butler and his colleagues in Capitol's program, one of the nation’s first. During NCSAM, Capitol is undertaking several activities designed to keep the spotlight on cybersecurity issues, including an October 14 Cybersaturday event at the school’s renowned Cyber Lab.

On October 20, nationally known cybersecurity educator Dr. Diana L. Burley will address students in Capitol’s two doctoral programs – a DSc program in cybersecurity and a PhD in management and decision sciences – as they arrive for their doctoral residency. Executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and a professor at George Washington University, Dr. Burley also co-chairs the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education.

During the month, Capitol will also host Maryland MESA students from area high schools for a day of cybersecurity-related education and activities, and the cybersecurity program will also be conducting a poster contest for undergraduates.

“NCSAM is always an exciting time for us at Capitol,” Butler said. “We are one of the most experienced schools in the nation, indeed around the globe, when it comes to cybersecurity education. We take cybersecurity very seriously at Capitol and it gives a great sense of honor to be working to help protect Americans from the widening array of cybercriminals and adversaries. NCSAM provides an opportunity to shine the spotlight on what we do.”

“The events and activities during October are a representative sample of what we do throughout the year,” he said.

Butler also recommended that consumers concerned about the Equifax Breach should consult a webpage set up by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): "The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do | Consumer Information": https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

Capitol is a NSA and DHS-designated Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in cybersecurity education. It offers cybersecurity programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. For more information, contact the cybersecurity program at cyberevents@captechu.edu

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Posted by raherschbach on 21 Sep 2017

Building global internet access is an endeavor that betters the lives of billions, and the global communications firm OneWeb is helping to spearhead the effort.

Hank Tseu, a senior ground software architect at the firm, will be visiting the Capitol Technology University on Tuesday (September 26) to discuss OneWeb’s plans to build the world’s largest satellite constellation in a bid to make affordable internet access available to everyone on the planet.

According to the company, “we’re applying advanced technologies such as cloud computing and big data to launch and operate the world’s largest satellite constellation. And by doing so, we will transform how the world interacts with the internet through affordable, ubiquitous access for all.”

Tseu is the keynote speaker at this fall’s Career Conference at Capitol, a twice-yearly event designed to help match companies and organizations with up-and-coming talent in the business and technology fields.

“We’re excited,” said associate director of career services Sarah Alspaw, who is organizing the event. “The skills and qualifications of our students happen to match OneWeb’s hiring needs closely, and we also believe students will be excited to hear about the company’s mission and the opportunities they might have to contribute.”

Firms like OneWeb depend on being able to recruit qualified engineers and technologists, and Capitol attracts these industries because of the degree programs offered at the university, including astronautical engineering and computer science, Alspaw said.

Industry is drawn to Capitol because of its ABET-accredited engineering programs and its designation as Center of Excellence in cybersecurity, and because of the practical experience that students at the university acquire early on, she said.

“They’re impressed by the hands-on projects that students are involved in here, such as the Cactus-1 satellite project, and by the fact that these projects are largely student-driven,” she said. “We enable our students to become leaders early on in their academic career, whereas at other schools that might not get that experience until their senior year.

Companies, Alspaw said, are also impressed by the Capitol Technology University Commitment, under which the school pledges that qualified graduates will be hired at competitive salaries within their fields within 90 days of graduation. Should that not happen, Capitol offers up to 36 undergraduate credits tuition-free.

“It shows we have great confidence in our programs and in the employability of our graduates,” she said. “Not many schools are willing to make that kind of commitment.”

The Career Conference will take place from at the McGowan Center on the Capitol campus in Laurel, MD. Doors open at 10 am for juniors and seniors, and at 11 am for freshmen and sophomores. Workshops will be held in the afternoon, from 2pm to 5pm. You do not have to be a Capitol student to attend; the event is open to interested members of the wider community. For more information, contact Career Services at careers@captechu.edu

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Posted by raherschbach on 14 Sep 2017

Dr. Soheil Hosseini holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo and has also accumulated extensive experience in the private sector. While a graduate student, he developed a new machine learning algorithm to forecast short-term electricity load using the data from a North American electric utility, potentially leading to millions of dollars in savings due to better prediction accuracy.

Dr. Hosseini joined the faculty of Capitol Technology University in August, 2017.

How did you first become interested in the engineering field?

When I was a teenager, I used to experiment with making simple circuits. That was the starting point.

 At the time, I was very interested in mathematics. During high school, I learned that mathematical formulas could be used to model circuits, and that was fascinating to me. Eventually I decided on electrical engineering as my field of study.

As a professor and researcher, what are your main areas of focus within the field?

Mathematical modeling of circuits remains my primary interest. I like modeling and analyzing circuits, building them, and seeing the results – the way they work not only on paper, but in real-world applications.  

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I like being able to convey the things that I’ve learned to students, to transfer that knowledge to them. In order for this to happen, it’s important to make sure the class is engaging, not boring. Students have to be engaged in order for them to learn something. My goal is for the students to leave each class session knowing something that they did not know before – understanding a new concept, for instance. And I want them to be interested in the concept, so that they’re motivated to go home and study it further. I like students who are active learners, and I try to encourage that through providing opportunities for extra credit, among other things.

What drew you to Capitol Technology University? What do you find most appealing about this university?

It’s a small university, and there’s a future here. Capitol is growing and I want to be part of that.

Outside of your teaching and academic work, what are some of your interests?

I do some boxing, and I like to go to the gym regularly.

 

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Posted by raherschbach on 14 Sep 2017

Are you a high school or community college student 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 9 am on Saturday, October 14 for a series of exciting, game-type activities, including virtual lockpicking.

The event is part of an ongoing series of Cyber Saturdays held on at Capitol Technology University's Cyber Lab, a pioneering facility that provides a venue for practicing cybersecurity skills and techniques in a real-time setting.

Food will be provided, and participants will also have the opportunity to win door prizes. The lab is located on the second floor of the McGowan Center at Capitol's campus in Laurel, MD. Look for 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 Dr. William Butler, chair of the Cybersecurity program at Capitol.

Cyber Saturdays have been a recurring event at Capitol since 2013. Meghan Young, director of admissions, says the program has been highly popular.

"Capitol is in an ideal position to offer events like these because of our designated Cyber Lab and our faculty who take the time to make learning fun and interesting,” Young said. “It gets better and better each year."

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 cybersat@captechu.edu.

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, click here.


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