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Posted by raherschbach on 27 May 2016

Capitol and the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) marked an important milestone in their partnership Monday (May 23) as two CUIB cybersecurity professors wrapped up a four-week immersion training program held on Capitol’s Laurel campus.

Leonnel Franz Kwedeu and Ngatchu Damen Nyinkeu completed 120 hours of training that covered basic cybersecurity concepts, Linux system administration, cybersecurity tools, wireless communication and encryption, and internet privacy and anonymity.

The two CUIB faculty members are playing a key role in developing CUIB’s new cyber and information security department, which aims to meet a growing demand for cybersecurity expertise in Cameroon and other West African nations. As an established leader in cybersecurity education, Capitol is in a position to provide guidance on curriculum, academic requirements, course delivery and other aspects of the new program.

Mr. Kwedeu is the departmental chair of Computer Networks and Telecommunications Systems at CUIB, and Mr. Nyinkeu is a faculty member. The immersion program was designed to supplement their existing IT and computer science expertise with cybersecurity fundamentals.

“The immersion program essentially covered the freshman and sophomore cybersecurity courses at Capitol within a four-week period,” said Dr. William Butler, chair of the cybersecurity program at Capitol. “They worked with two of our professors, Dan Ford and Rick Hansen, and received training not only in the materials, but also in the delivery of the materials via classrooms and labs.”

While the CUIB program resembles Capitol’s in many ways, it also takes into account differences in the regional cyber environment. With infrastructure issues and economic disparities limiting access to desktops or laptops, Africans typically rely on mobile devices to a far greater extent than do their US counterparts, Butler explained.

“That means more of a specialized focus on mobile forensics than you’d see in a US program,” Butler said.

Members of CUIB first cohort in the program began their studies in Fall 2015 and will graduate after four years. They will be Cameroon’s first group of cybersecurity professionals with in-country academic credentials in the field.

One of their tasks, Butler said, will be to help raise awareness both in the government and private sector about the key importance of protecting digital assets.

“Here in the United States, we’ve been through a period where computer science and IT had taken off, but people weren’t aware fully of the importance of cybersecurity,” Butler said. “With business in West Africa becoming increasingly intertwined with computer networks, we’re likewise seeing an effort to promote such awareness at various levels – from individual businesses to Chambers of Commerce to the government.”

The concern doesn’t only affect business, he said. “Law enforcement is dealing with cybersecurity challenges, and terrorist networks such as Boko Haram also have the potential to exploit network vulnerabilities to cause harm and advance their agenda.”

CUIB, he said, is helping to build a robust response to these threats by developing its program and partnering with Capitol, an NSA-designated Center for Excellence in the field.

The two institutions also share a similar approach to educational philosophy.

Founded in 2010, the CUIB stresses hands-on learning, empowering students “to be job creators and masters of their destinies through experiential learning (learning by doing).”

Capitol, Maryland’s only independent university with a focus on computer science, engineering and IT, also emphasizes a practical approach education, drawing faculty who are professionals in their fields and engaging students in a wide variety of projects, labs and other applied learning experiences.

“We share with CUIB many underlying tenets in terms of our approaches to education,” Butler said.

 

 

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Posted by raherschbach on 19 May 2016

Have you dreamed of launching a career in cybersecurity but are missing some of the academic background or work experience needed to embark on a master’s degree in the field? If so, Capitol’s Career Changers program could be the answer.

The uiniversity has created a sequence of bridge courses that provide students with a technology or computer science background with the foundation they need to make the transition. After completing these courses, students can then continue on to earn their master’s in cyber and information security from Capitol Technology University.

“The program is geared towards those who want to make the move into cybersecurity but have been held back because they lack the credentials,” said Director of Graduate Recruitment Xavier A. Richards. “The bridge courses allow them to get up to speed and then progress through the full program.”

The first of the bridge courses, Intro to Information Assurance (IAE 500), covers computer, data communications, internet and database fundamentals. Labs, simulations and other resources help students quickly learn what they need in order to progress to the more technical application and analysis skills they’ll be using in the rest of the master’s program.

A second course, Operating Principles (CS 620), provides an overview of UNIX and includes programming projects focused on solving cybersecurity problems using C.

“The program is most suitable for folks who have some sort of technical background but are new to cybersecurity,” Richards explained. “You’ll need some level of computer literacy.”

A key advantage the bridge program offers such students is the ability to proceed into master’s-level education without having to go back and complete another bachelor’s, she said. Typically, a bachelor’s degree in the field is required before embarking on a master’s program.

Capitol, however, recognizes that people with various computer science, technical and even engineering backgrounds have the capability to succeed in a graduate level cybersecurity, even if they did not obtain a field-specific bachelor’s degree. The bridge courses are designed to facilitate that.

“There’s a huge demand for cybersecurity expertise right now, and working professionals in computer and technology fields often see opportunities that they’d like to pursue. However, that means having the right credentials, whether in the form of certifications or a master’s degree. Our program  helps open some of those doors.”

For more information about the Career Changers program, contact the graduate admissions office at gradadmit@captechu.edu.

Alumni Profile: Ed Sealing ‘12

Ed Sealing ’12 is celebrating a milestone: his company, Sealing Technologies, Inc. will mark its four-year anniversary this month. The Columbia-based contracting firm specializes in enterprise-level cybersecurity, with particular attention to combining data from host level security and perimeter defense security.

Steele addresses Capitol’s Class of 2016

“If luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, you are the luckiest people alive,” former MD lieutenant governor Michael Steele told Capitol Technology University graduates in his commencement address Saturday (May 14th).

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Posted by raherschbach on 10 May 2016

Capitol’s student center is becoming home to a full size arcade console, thanks to a group of enterprising students. On Friday (April 29) the students presented “Capcade,” which they designed and built from scratch after coming up with the idea last fall.

It is intended to be a permanent addition to the student center, which currently also houses a ping pong table, TV and gym facilities.

“It all started out at the club fair last fall,” said Danielle Wojeski-Crone, who managed the team under the leadership of senior Bryant Rogers II. “Bryant had built a miniature arcade game console, all by himself, which was about a foot tall. We thought it would be a really cool thing if we could get a group of students together and construct a full-scale one.”

Rogers decided to turn the idea into his senior project, with Wojeski-Crone, a freshman, signing on as manager.

 “We got a team together, with members taking on individual roles on the project. Josh Gidding is our programmer, James Culp and Sean Dabbs handled the wiring and soldering, and Travis Scott was our woodworker," Wojeski-Crone said. "We started out at the beginning of last semester just throwing around ideas, and then we went to Student Life and they gave us the go ahead, along with funding to support us. After that we just kind of ran with it and figured it out as we went.”

Though the style of the console is classic, the technology is current. The games are run off a Raspberry Pi, with an I-Pac USB interface translating joystick and button actions into keypad inputs. Super Mario Brothers is currently loaded onto the console under a public license obtained by the team.

While Rogers is graduating on May 14th, the machine he and his team built won’t be the last of its kind. Wojeski-Crone says plans are already in the words for further additions to Capcade.

“I’m going to be building one every year,” she said. “Since I’m a freshman, that means three more years. I already have the licensing applications out for the next one.”

Following the successful unveiling, the Capcade team retrieved the machine and will be doing additional fine-tuning over the summer. The team plans to install it permanently at the student center in time for the fall semester.

 “It’s a way to make the center more fun, and promote interaction,”  Wojeski said. “That’s the whole point.”

Michael Steele to speak at Capitol Commencement

Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele will deliver the commencement address on Saturday (May 14th) as members of Capitol Technology University’s Class of 2016 celebrate the successful completion of their degrees.

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Posted by raherschbach on 5 May 2016

By Sarah Alspaw, Assistant Director of Career Services and Graduate Student Support

Be careful on the job search. There are people out there who prey on job seekers. They know that job seekers, especially fresh out of school, tend to be more susceptible.

The positions posted on our Online Job Board have been approved by the Career Services office and I do my best to filter these positions and companies. Be aware that ultimately it is your responsibility to research these companies, verify they are real, and decide whether a position is a fits your needs and serves as a positive step in your career.

Here are some resources to start your research:

Please see the “Fraudulent and Scam Job Postings” guide created by LSU (we were given permission for use) for additional tips and information. It can be found in the “For Students” section of the Career Services MyCapitol page. I will be creating one for Capitol during the summer, that should be available in the Fall.

Other great resources can be found here:

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams#job%20placement

https://www.worldprivacyforum.org/2008/07/jobscamtipspayforwarding/

http://www.rileyguide.com/realjob.html

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0175-work-home-businesses

If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a position that is posted, please request a written job description from the employer and/or website address to visit their company job page before emailing your résumé. This will give you the chance to verify not only that the position is legitimate, but allows you to be fully aware of the job responsibilities for that position.

If the position is with a third-party recruiter such as a recruiting company, the name of the company may not be the same as the company you are applying to. If you are concerned, you have the right to request that Career Services confirm that the position is legitimate. Just send an email to careers@captechu.edu with the name of the position in the subject. I will then email you back to let you know how the process works.

If you find an internship that is unpaid, please know that you have certain rights. To understand your rights as an unpaid intern, please see this website. If you are in an internship that you feel is in violation of the rights listed on this website, please email careers@captechu.edu.

Always hold interviews in a public place or at an organization’s location. We advise against agreeing to an interview in someone's home. If this is ever asked of you, we are happy to supply a space on campus to hold the interview.

If they are requesting an online interview, make sure the email address they are using has the domain name of the company for which you are applying. If their email address is @gmail, @yahoo, or another similar domain, then be wary. You can also google the phone number and address they provide to you to make sure there is actually a company location, not a residence.

I would STRONGLY advise against ever cashing a check sent to you through the mail for you to ‘order supplies’; scammers can and do victimize unsuspecting job seekers by means of check fraud. Lastly, do not provide your social security number or bank information for direct deposit unless you have fully vetted the company AND ensured the individual with whom you are speaking is actually affiliated with that company. Some online applications may request this information, but they are never solicited over the phone or email.

We also strongly advise all students to have a trusted guardian or attorney review all employment documentation and contracts before signing. If you need assistance interpreting a job description or offer, please contact Career Services.

If you are still unsure, please contact Career Services at 240.965.2494 or email careers@captechu.edu to speak with Sarah Alspaw, the Assistant Director of Career Services.

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Posted by raherschbach on 27 Apr 2016

Electrical engineering student Yaseman Shiri has been named the 2016 recipient of the Avrum Gudelsky Memorial Scholarship, endowed by Homer and Martha Gudelsky in memory of their son, Avrum. This scholarship recognizes and encourages academic excellence among outstanding seniors who are pursuing a bachelor of science degree. It is the highest academic honor the college confers.

A junior at Capitol, Shiri transferred to Capitol in Fall 2014 after completing her Associate of Arts degree from Carroll Community College. Shiri is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

She actively participates in both organizations’ regional events and activities, including outreach to young people and participation at STEM fairs.

While completing her university education, Shiri has been working during the summer as a Pathways Intern for the Department of Defense at NAS Pax River, supporting the Avionics Department. She plans to attend graduate school after finishing her B.S. degree, while continuing to work at PAX River during the summer.  “I enjoy learning about a variety of engineering topics and then applying them to real-life situations at work,” Shiri says.

She is at home on both the East and West coasts, having alternated between the DC area and northern California while growing up. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and volunteering at the SPCA.

Speaking with Capitology, Shiri expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the scholarship award, saying it would allow her to devote more time and energy to her studies.

“I’m really excited about the scholarship,” she said. “It will allow me to concentrate  on my academics during my senior year without having to worry about the financial part of it.”

 

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Posted by raherschbach on 22 Apr 2016

The spring semester is quickly coming to a close, and here at the Puente Library we are gearing up for our final program of a fun-filled semester which included the edible book contest, our poetry workshop and contest, and a pictorial scavenger hunt. For the final program of the season, you’re invited o come join us at the Puente Library on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at noon to compete in the library’s annual kite flying contest. Contestants will need to bring their own kite in order to enter the competition. Last year’s contest was the inaugural year and thoroughly enjoyed by the participants. Founder and creator of the contest, library aide Keryr Velazquez enthused about the competition:

I wanted to create an event where students can have fun and take some time to relax  from finals and final assignments, so I thought a kite flying contest would be perfect with the nice weather we are beginning to have. I enjoy seeing students running around trying to fly kites…[&] I look forward to the event this year because I will get to see students have fun and enjoy some time off from classes!

There is a sign-up for the competition at the circulation desk in the library, and there will be prizes awarded on style, speed and distance! Also, pizza will be served to all who participate. So make sure to stop by, sign up and get your kite flying skills ready for the final library program of the spring semester!

If you have any further questions, please contact Keyry: kjvelazquez@captechu.edu.

“Oh, oh, oh
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite”

-Lyrics from "Mary Poppins"

Composed by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman


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