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.
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.
Shannon Abbott and Anne Richmond, both second-year international affairs students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, placed third in the 2017 Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Law and Policy Challenge. The competition took place at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Bush School Students Finalists In World’s Largest Cybersecurity Law And Policy Challenge
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
Texas A&M University received $4.4 million over five years to provide scholarships for students willing to work after graduation in a cybersecurity position for the government through CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. [Read more…] about NSF awards nearly $5.7M to defend America’s cyberspace
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
The Army offers a number of cyber programs tailored for youth, even those with no interest in being part of the military. The Army Cyber Institute has developed and implemented the Cyber Leader Development Program (CLDP) for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Since its inception, the program has been extended to ROTC programs at colleges across the country, including the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The CLDP is a multidisciplinary effort encompassing material across math and engineering to legal and ethical topics. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Beneficiary of Army Youth Cyber Programs
Second-year international affairs students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, placed third in the 2017 Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Law and Policy Challenge. The competition took place at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.
The proliferation of digital technology in the last two decades has brought with it a slew of various cyber-threats, especially cybercrime, the most common example of which is data breaches. When will the U.S. follow the lead of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation? Center Director, Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, comments on this question for the Battalion, as well as the new generation of cybersecurity professionals graduating from Texas A&M University and their impact on the field. [Read more…] about Dr. Ragsdale on Common Cybercrime: Data Breaches
Four members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadet’s Cyber Ops Special Unit participated in the Hackathon hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The event was designed to leverage both offensive and defensive cyber operations against adversaries intent on attacking DoD networks. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Cyber Cadets Participate in DARPA’s Hackathon
The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) recently sponsored an event for Cybersecurity Month in cooperation with the Brazos Valley Project Manager’s Institute and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) – a panel of local experts who talked about how got into a career in cybersecurity. [Read more…] about Texas A&M DoIT Sponsors Cybersecurity Panel
The popular camp, presented by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and funded by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Governor’s Summer Merit Program, has been occurring for the last three years, attracting more applicants than there is space available, says TEEX Cybersecurity Training Coordinator Diane Cornwell. [Read more…] about Cyber Innovation Campers at Texas A&M Hear from the Experts
Dr. Jeffery Tomberlin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Fellow and director of the Texas A&M University Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program in College Station has been named the director for Texas A&M and his colleague, Associate Professor Dr. Aaron Tarone, has been named co-directors of the newly formed Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science. [Read more…] about TAMU Participates in Nation’s First NSF and NIJ Jointly-Supported Forensic Science Center
Dr. Laszlo Kish, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, is founder of the idea of unconditional security using electronics and thermal noise. He studies the physics of electronics and computing. [Read more…] about Texas A&M’s Dr. Laszlo Kish a Cybersecurity Pioneer
Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center Director Dr. Daniel Ragsdale was featured on a panel discussing “what general counsel need to know about cybersecurity” for the Houston Chapter of the Texas General Counsel Forum. [Read more…] about Center Director Featured on Texas General Counsel Forum Panel