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Aggie Cyber Hack #102: Check Your Privacy Settings
We have become accustomed to accepting terms and conditions or site agreements within different social media outlets or email accounts without first knowing what we are agreeing to, simply for the sake of time. By using a simple Google search, you can find easy ways to check your privacy settings, as well as view easy-to-understand descriptions of the security policies of each of your accounts. Limiting which pieces of personal information you are allowing these media outlets to share can help you protect what is most important to you! Daniel “Rags” Ragsdale shared his insight on this topic on KBTX Focus at Four.
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Welcome to our new feature series, Aggie Cyber Hacks: Life Hacks for a More Secure Interconnected World!
AggieCyberHack #101: Freeze Your Credit Score
Due to the recent Equifax data breach, credit freezing is now free through June 30th. A credit freeze adds one more layer of protection against ID thieves attempting to steal your social security number to open new credit cards or loans. Contrary to popular belief, credit freezing will not affect your credit score and can be lifted if you are applying for credit. This level of protection is recommended by cybersecurity professionals, including the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center director, Daniel “Rags” Ragsdale.
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This past week, six Texas A&M students attended the National Cyber Summit and competed in the National Cyber Cup in Huntsville, AL. Andrew Meserole, Nick March, Shota Ehrlich, Casey Stephens, John Zenick, and George Zenner were accompianed by Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Director, Dr. Daniel Ragsdale. This year’s conference was attended by over 1500 attendees, and featured over 60 speakers, with events focusing on “cyber training, education and workforce development aimed at protecting our nation’s infrastructure from the ever-evolving cyber threat”. More information about the conference can be found on NCS’ Website. [Read more…] about TAMU Students Win National Cyber Cup at National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, AL
VIDEO: The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets features a multitude of special units for specialized fields and military special forces. Seeing an increase in the importance of cyber, cadet Andrew Laramore found a way to create a career-readiness unit specifically for education and training in cyber operations. This program supplements a general bachelor’s degree, giving Texas A&M Cadets increased specialty training in cyber tactics including applicable certifications that allow them to start more advanced jobs quicker than the average college graduate, providing value to the cyber workforce.
In late April, several Texas A&M cybersecurity students competed in the National Cyber League’s (NCL) annual postseason team competition. The NCL postseason event provides a safe and challenging environment for individual players from the Regular Season to apply their knowledge and skills in a team setting. As real-world cybersecurity work is often done in teams, this event requires players to work together to solve real problems, with real deadlines, under time (and in some cases) technical and resource constraints.
VIDEO: The fifth Southeastern Conference Academic Symposium concluded on April 10th, 2018. Out of 14 SEC universities, Texas A&M is one of only three designated by the NSA as an institute for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Cyber as a whole is a developing field with breakthroughs in both technologies and malicious attack methods developed every day. Educators debate on what exactly cybersecurity is, and what it looks like from an academic’s point of view. The conference aimed to spur conversation on generation of a consensus for cybersecurity education for the production of qualified individuals for the cyber workforce.
Texas A&M was featured in the host-produced recap video of the conference, as well as in the SEC Network coverage of the event. Check it out!
The Texas A&M University Cybersecurity Program was featured in USA Today’s latest edition of Cybersecurity Magazine. While many colleges and universities offer cybersecurity and ancillary degree and certificate programs, Texas A&M was one of only 10 chosen to be featured in April’s USA Today publication. The headlines are filled with examples that show a lot of work needs to be done to mitigate ongoing cyber threats to individual Americans, businesses, national infrastructure and the U.S. government. Texas A&M’s ongoing efforts to fill the gaps in both cybersecurity research and in-demand cyber professionals. [Read more…] about Texas A&M One of 10 Institutions Featured in USA Today’s Cybersecurity Magazine
The 2018 SEC Academic Conference was held at Auburn University April 8-10th, with faculty and students from the Cybersecurity Center representing Texas A&M. The conference, entitled Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, explored computer and communication technology; the economic and physical systems that are controlled by technology; and the policies and laws that govern and protect information stored, transmitted and processed with technology.
Seven Texas A&M students from Computer Science and Engineering and the Mays Business School attended the 20th Annual CERIAS Information Assurance Symposium accompanied by Center faculty member, Dr. Paula deWitte. The two-day symposium included keynotes, fireside chats with panels of experts, and a student research reception and poster session. The event looked at the “past” — or history of CERIAS — of cybersecurity as well as the future, touching on adapting for the next 20 years. [Read more…] about Cyber Students Represent Texas A&M at CERIAS Symposium
Four faculty members in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering were awarded a grant from the Instructional Technology Services’ (ITS) Innovative Pedagogy Grant program. This program offers Texas A&M faculty and staff the opportunity to learn how to skillfully interlace technology into an online or hybrid course. Dr. Paula deWitte, associate professor of practice, is focused on developing an online course on cybersecurity risk. The risk assessment and management course provides students with the knowledge and skills to assess, analyze and manage risk to make good business and technical decisions. [Read more…] about Cybersecurity Faculty Member Awarded Grant for Online Cyber Course
U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Daniel E. Payne, Director of the Defense Security service, honored Texas A&M as the recipient of the 2017 Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence. “This award represents the extraordinary achievement in keeping America’s secrets and protecting the research that is being done on behalf of the defense department and the intelligence community from our adversaries,” said Senator Cornyn. In 2010, the Defense Security Service began giving out an annual award to recognize contractors, including universities, that best demonstrate the ability to stop foreign theft of United States defense and national security technology.
“We are at a pivotal moment in our history, a nationally recognized transformation in engineering education.” – Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering
On the north end of campus, you can’t miss it: a mammoth yet sleek structure of glass and steel. It’s the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, the 525,000-square-foot edifice that has, even before its opening, become a symbol of the College of Engineering.
In mid-March, Texas A&M Bush School students traveled to Washington DC to compete in this year’s Cyber 9/12, an international cyber competition in which student teams confront a serious cybersecurity breach of national and international importance. Teams composed policy recommendations and justified their decision-making process, considering the role and implications for relevant civilian, military, law enforcement, and private sector entities and updating the recommendations as the scenario evolves.
The Texas A&M team performed well in the competition, placing 7th out of 36 teams after the first day of competition. This is the second year in a row that Aggies have qualified for the semifinals. Finalists included seasoned professionals including teams from NDU and Air University.
BSides Austin functions as the largest yearly security conference in the state of Texas. Featured as the keynote speaker, center director Daniel Ragsdale presented Next gen CTFs: Integrating blue-team oriented and live network challenges into jeopardy-style CTFs along with Texas A&M graduate student Andrew Meserole and software engineer Nate Graf.
Daniel Ragsdale, director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center, said denial of service attacks are “very difficult to defend against” because they involve contacts from hundreds or thousands of computers located around the world. Victims can’t block every one of them because they might be blocking legitimate customers, he said. [Read more…] about Dr. Daniel Ragsdale on Denial of Service Attacks
The TAMU Cybersecurity Competitive Team has been representing Texas A&M in cybersecurity competitions against other universities and teams, both in the United States and across the world. Last semester, the Cybersecurity Competitive Team officially competed in several competitions, most recently winning first place at the Deloitte ACE Competition held at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association conference in San Antonio. [Read more…] about TAMU Cyber Team Hits the Ground Running
Select students studying with the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center will have the opportunity to earn a National Science Foundation scholarship to pay for their education starting this year as part of a newly awarded $4.4 million grant to the program. The program will combine the academic expertise at both Texas A&M and Houston Community College to develop and mentor a group of students over a five year period.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy Walsh on Cyber Attacks in Public and Private Sector
“Cyber Attacks: Building Partnership and Resiliency between States and the Military”
Thursday, February 1, 2018
12:20-1:20 pm: 1017 Allen Building
Dr. Michael A. Sardaryzadeh has been named Associate Vice President for Cybersecurity, Policy and Compliance and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Texas A&M University. Following a national search, he was selected from nearly a hundred applicants and will assume his new duties on Feb. 5. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Names New Associate VP for Cybersecurity