Last week, 13 members of a militia group, the Wolverine Watchmen, were arrested by state officers and FBI agents in Michigan. Federal charges of conspiracy, terrorism, and weapons violations were filed against six men. Seven others have been charged under two counts of Michigan law. Detailed in the arrest warrants for the Wolverine members indicate individuals had been building improvised explosive devices, conducting tactical weapons training, and surveying the homes of law enforcement officers and the Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer. It is alleged that the Wolverine Watchmen’s ultimate goal was to start a civil war.
The Texas A&M University system partnered last week with a cybersecurity education group to give students experience monitoring and defending networks as they learn technical skills on-the-job though a new apprenticeship program.
Texas A&M has received an award from the National Science Foundation to promote regional Cyber expertise in a multi-institution partnership led by PI Dhruva Chakravorty, Associate Director for User Services at Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing. TAMIDS Director Dr. Nick Duffield will serve as educational coordinator for CC* Team: SWEETER–SouthWest Expertise in Expanding, Training, Education and Research.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting a Texas A&M University College of Engineering project to improve the cybersecurity and energy efficiency of commercial buildings.
The Securing Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings through Cyber Defense and Resilient System project, led by Dr. Zheng O’Neill, received $3.5 million from the DOE’s Building Technologies Office to research, develop and demonstrate a real-time advanced building-resilient platform through multi-layer prevention and adaption mechanisms.
Texas A&M’s partners on the three-year project include Raytheon Technologies Research Center, Drexel University, Arizona State University, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory and Northwestern University.
The internet is an inevitable part of our everyday lives. And now with the outbreak of the virus, work and school are mostly online. This move to the virtual platform doesn’t seem like it will be ending anytime soon.
Professor Carlisle’s class is only one of many other virtual gatherings that have become victims to disruptions and hijackings in their conference calls.
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Local officials are stressing cyber security after recent cyber-attacks on multiple state agencies. Governor Greg Abbott says the state is seeing nearly 10,000 cyber-attacks every minute from Iran. He says that because of this, everyone needs to remain diligent with online safety. “We want to make sure the state, as well as local governments, as well as the private sector, is going to be best prepared to deal with, and that is potential cyber terrorism as a result and by-product of the Iran situation,” said Governor Abbott.
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To support the progression of solar power, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it would provide $128 million in funding to advance solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the DOE will fund innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs, while working to boost solar manufacturing, reduce red tape and make solar systems more resilient to cyberattacks. Among the 75 teams to receive an award is a team led by Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station researchers. [Read more…] about Texas A&M Researchers receive $4.4M Department of Energy grant to enhance solar technology
The Department of Homeland Security and the United States Air Force have awarded a $4.2 million cybersecurity contract to Texas A&M University Central Texas and Texas A&M University, as announced in a press conference held Friday afternoon in the Bill Yowell Conference Center at Texas A&M University Central Texas.
The contract, which also includes Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station and CENTEX, Inc., is for four years and is for research purposes. The scope of the research is to protect cyber infrastructure against external manipulation of hardware and software, specifically for cyberattacks targeting communications of law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel; energy generation and water distribution; military defense and national infrastructure. [Read more…] about Texas A&M University – Central Texas Awarded Cybersecurity Contract
By: Research @ Texas A&M
With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Texas A&M University will lead a multi-institution network to promote cyber expertise among research universities, community colleges, minority-serving institutions and other organizations in the southwestern United States.
The SWEETER (SouthWest Expertise in Expanding, Training, Education and Research) network will provide training and personnel to support and encourage collaboration across the invisible boundaries that often separate disciplines and institutions, said Dhruva Chakravorty, associate director for user services and research at Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing (HPRC). [Read more…] about Texas A&M will lead network to support cyber expertise
By: Stephanie Jones, Texas A&M University Engineering
Cody Williams, a senior computer science and engineering student at Texas A&M University, participated in the latest U.S. Cyber FastTrack competition where he made it to the finals and was awarded a $22,000 scholarship to attend the SANS Technology Institute’s undergraduate certificate program in applied cybersecurity.
U.S. Cyber FastTrack is an innovative nationwide competition that provides high-aptitude students with the practical cybersecurity training that employers demand. From April 5 to September 16, more than 13,000 students from across the United States competed to solve more than 250 cybersecurity challenges. The 100 finalists represented undergraduate and graduate students from 63 schools in 23 states. [Read more…] about Computer science and engineering student wins $22K cybersecurity scholarship October 18, 2019
By: National Science Foundation
Today, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) launched Frontera, the fastest supercomputer at any university and the fifth most powerful system in the world. The system is the result of a $60 million investment by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the next generation of leadership class computing.
Faculty at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin are leading the world-class Frontera science applications and technology team, with partners from the California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Georgia Tech, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, the University of Chicago, the University of Utah and the University of California, Davis. [Read more…] about NSF-funded leadership-class computing center boosts U.S. science with largest academic supercomputer in the world
Peter Casey, a member of the 2020 class in the Department of International Affairs, has been awarded a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS), which supports undergraduate and graduate students studying cyber-related disciplines. SFS is a federal government program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for federal, state, local, and tribal governments.
By: Kenny Wiley
FBI Director Christopher Wray, in an appearance before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, praised the Texas A&M University System for its work to help other academic institutions with their cybersecurity efforts, and for its collaboration with the bureau on matters of national security.
By Kathleen Witte, KBTX
Adults who use devices like the Amazon Echo (Alexa) or Google Home in our places of residence generally know there’s a privacy concern–after all, the devices are listening for our cues. But now, a group of senators says children don’t have the same understanding, and they have greater legal protections.
While it’s hard to ascertain what event represented the tipping point on the perception that cybersecurity issues in the energy industry are serious, that is indeed the case today. After Stuxnet, Shamoon, WannaCry, NotPetya, and a host of other incidents, commercial firms and government are unable to keeps their heads in the sand on the cybersecurity issue. This was one of the key lessons to emerge from a recent Cybersecurity in Energy Symposium at the University of Houston.
By Spirit Magazine
How Texas A&M University is preparing its students to tackle issues of cybersecurity.
By: Deana Totzke, Texas A&M Engineering
Two students affiliated with the Texas A&M University College of Engineering have been named finalists in the 2019 SC Awards for exemplary professional leadership in cybersecurity. Philip Smith and Casey Stephens were named Student of the Year finalists in the Professional Award category of the SC Awards.