Top 10 Norwich University News Stories of 2016

Norwich CSIA majors, faculty and alumni stand in front of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on the eve of Super Bowl 50
Norwich University Office of Communications

December 14, 2016

It’s that time of year—a chance to highlight just some of the many accomplishments of Norwich University’s outstanding students, alumni, faculty, and staff during 2016. While they may make taking on difficult challenges and achieving distinction look effortless, it isn’t. A case in point: This list of stories below. In the end, we couldn’t winnow it to ten and were forced to sneak in four more.


1. Norwich Cyber Majors Help Safeguard Super Bowl 50

After a year of preparation, Norwich CSIA majors and faculty based in California and Northfield, Vt., worked with Santa Clara city, California state, and federal law enforcement officials to analyze and flag potential cybersecurity threats during the NFL championship matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

2. Norwich University Celebrates 100 Years of ROTC
The birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Norwich University celebrated ROTC’s centennial anniversary with a leadership symposium in April that drew scores of military VIPs. Among them, 39th U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley, who gave the keynote address.

3. Norwich Class of 2020 Largest in University History
This fall, Norwich welcomed close to 900 first-year students to campus, the largest incoming class in the university’s nearly 200-year history.

4. Forbes Awards Norwich an “A” for Financial Strength
In August, Forbes magazine published their analysis of the financial footing of roughly 900 private colleges and universities, ranking Norwich University in the top 20 percent.

5. Writing Prof. Sean Prentiss Wins National Outdoor Book Award
Winning the history/biography category, Finding Abbey chronicled Prentiss’s two-year search for the hidden desert grave of environmental writer Edward Abbey.

6. Student-Built Tiny House Showcases Innovation, Hands-On Service Learning
Norwich architecture, construction management, and engineering majors and faculty designed and built C.A.S.A. (Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture), a 334-square-foot tiny house with a small price tag to address Vermont’s affordable-housing crisis. See related article and video.

7. Norwich’s Standout Athletic Teams and Coaches Fight to a Four-Way Tie

8. Nisid Hajari Wins NU’s 2016 William E. Colby Book Award
A journalist who oversees Asia coverage for the editorial page of Bloomberg News, the first-time author won for Midnight’s Furies, an account of the 1947 partition of India and its surrounding violence following the end of British colonial rule. Founded at Norwich University, the annual book award and symposium celebrates outstanding writers, authors, and ideas from the fields of military affairs, military history, intelligence, and international affairs.

9. NUARI Cyber Attack Simulation Software Nominated for “Innovation of the Year”
Developed by the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, the DECIDE-FS cyber-gaming platform has been used by major U.S. financial industry firms, regulators and law enforcement agencies to test institutional preparedness and resiliency in the face of cyberattacks.

10. Norwich Wins $700K+ NSA Grant to Train Next-Generation Cyber Soldiers
Working in collaboration with the United States Army Reserve, the National Security Agency announced in December that it had awarded Norwich over $700,000 to support scholarships for soldiers.

Bonus: Washington Post Columnist Says NU’s “I Will Try” Is Best College Motto
Writing in her Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post, education reporter Valerie Strauss opines on “The Small Vermont University With Arguably the Best School Motto.”

Norwich University Awarded Grant to Train the Next Generation of Cyber Soldiers

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dec. 1, 2016

Norwich University was recently awarded $714,285 from the National Security Agency (NSA) in collaboration with the United States Army Reserve (USAR) in order to support scholarships for soldiers, capacity building to enhance the overall educational experience and outcomes, and to enhance local and regional community outreach and development.

“Norwich University continues to keep Vermont at the cutting edge of cyber security training and preparation. When the Appropriations Committee set up this program we knew how important cyber security is, and the threats we face from abroad, but we could not have predicted that 2016 itself would be the year of some of the largest hacks in history, many of them originating from overseas,” stated Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “The work Norwich is doing is more important than ever, and I am proud that Vermonters are sought out by the U.S. Army Reserves to make sure their men and women are prepared to respond to threats to our networks.”

Norwich will provide scholarships to U.S. Army Reserve soldiers to enter the online graduate certificate programs for information security and assurance. The grant will also provide critical software and hardware upgrades that will be made part of the student experience.

Other investments into cybersecurity education infrastructure on the Norwich campus include improved equipment and software to enhance engagement and experiential learning. This includes improvement of virtual (online) laboratory environments.

“As the world is increasingly driven by technology, skilled cybersecurity professionals are essential to our nation’s defense,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). “Quality education is a key component in developing our National Cyber Mission Force. I strongly support this critical component of the mission of Norwich University and am pleased that it has received this funding for scholarships and improving the educational experience for cyber professional students.”

As a function of its role as a national leader in cybersecurity education, over the past several years, Norwich University undergraduate students have been supporting and mentoring the Cyber Patriot Team at the Northfield Middle and High School. Through Norwich’s Cyber P3i partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve and recent grant award, there is now opportunity to open the program to a larger group of students with the addition of equipment, travel costs to competitions and greater engagement with Norwich faculty and students.

As a well-recognized world leader in the field of cybersecurity training and education, Norwich is one of six universities in the nation to partner with the United States Army Reserve in a public/private effort called Cyber Private Public Partnership Initiative (P3i), which is focused on fostering the intellectual development of next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

“Our missions are one in the same: to educate the next cyber intelligence professionals, both in the armed forces, government and private sector,” said William Clements, vice president and dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “Our nation requires these trained professionals to counter and eliminate emerging threats and risks. Norwich is committed to developing the next generation of cyber soldiers.”

Through the grant, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) will provide curriculum development in support of both undergraduate and graduate programs. The online graduate certificate offerings will see significant enhancements to aid the hands-on experience for students enrolled. NUARI will also develop reusable modules, or units, to support and integrate a critical infrastructure response and recovery exercise using the DECIDE™ platform.

“Norwich has a great responsibility to meet the demands of the cyber industry’s shortage of professionals,” said Phil Susmann, president of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) and vice president of Strategic Partnerships. “Since receiving the opportunity to serve with the USAR, we’ve been on the fast track to be as effective as we can. From building a gateway for high school students right here in Vermont to upgrading our campus facilities to educating cyber soldiers via our online distance-learning programs.”

In support of the USAR, Norwich initiatives will be focused on its successes as a nationally recognized National Security Administration (NSA) cyber education Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by forging ahead with these four elements: scholarship for service, curriculum development, capacity building and community outreach.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

In October 2016 Norwich University participated in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by dedicating the month to cybersecurity training, bringing in speakers and running contests in security knowledge, among other activities.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 197 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes appoints VP of Business Development

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 17, 2016

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has named Suzanne E. Kecmer vice president of business development, responsible for the leadership of NUARI’s expanding business opportunities and driving revenue, as well as its business strategy and corporate development.

Kecmer holds an MBA from Columbia University and brings 20 years of experience from the global, aerospace and defense industry. She has held equity research and investment banking positions at leading financial institutions, as well as a corporate strategist role at the Raytheon Company.

Aligned with NUARI’s diverse endeavors in cybersecurity, banking sector resilience and other critical infrastructures, Kecmer will find new business areas, as well as foster long-term business relationships, with both customers and industry luminaries. She will complement and enhance NUARI’s ability to meet the evolving needs of customers through proven innovative solutions to the marketplace.

“Suzanne brings to NUARI expertise in both cyber security and experience with emerging businesses,” NUARI President Phil Susmann said. “With that unique set of skills, she will make connections between the marketplace and NUARI’s critical cybersecurity products.”

About NUARI

The Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) were federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) in 2002 and are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of the nation and to prepare its graduates to protect the American way of life. NUARI builds on the university’s status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs by conducting rapid research, developing and deploying necessary technologies, and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission by developing strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes to apply cyberwar tool to energy sector

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 17, 2016

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) will utilize its risk resiliency response software, called Distributed Environment for Decision-Making Exercises (DECIDE), for the first time on an energy sector.

NUARI will be a featured presenter on Tuesday, Oct. 18, during the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) annual Grid Security Conference, held in Quebec, Canada.

The training event, entitled “Securing the Grid,” will utilize NUARI’s DECIDE platform to emulate information sharing and collaboration techniques to test sector-wide incident response and business continuity capabilities against distributed cyber-attacks across the power grid.

The event will be conducted in partnership with Utility Services Inc., a service organization specializing in NERC Compliance and Reliability Programs.

“This will be NUARI’s first cyber resiliency exercise to be conducted for the energy sector,” said Phil Susmann, President of NUARI. “We are delighted to bring a ‘front line’ war gaming capability to the energy sector and share our lessons learned from similar exercises we have conducted within the financial sector.”

The only system of its kind, DECIDE-FS® was initially designed to test U.S. financial sector cyber risk resiliency and has been adapted for use in other critical infrastructure arenas, such as electrical grids and health care. The software engages an organization by using a simulation that participants experience interactively with their peers, competitors and supply chains to simulate systemic risk.

About NUARI

The Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) were federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) in 2002 and are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of the nation and to prepare its graduates to protect the American way of life. NUARI builds on the university’s status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs by conducting rapid research, developing and deploying necessary technologies, and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission by developing strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

NUARI DECIDE-FS® Software Nominated for “Innovation of the Year” by FedScoop 50

Developed by the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, the software has been used by key players in the U.S. financial system, including banks, regulators and government agencies, to test their response and resiliency during simulated cyberattacks.
Norwich University Office of Communications

August 31, 2016

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Applied Research Institutes’ (NUARI) Distributed Environment for Critical Infrastructure Decision-making Exercises – Financial Sector (DECIDE-FS®) risk resiliency response software has been nominated by FedScoop 50 as one of the best and brightest technologies implemented this year that make the federal government more efficient and effective. Online voting to select the top 50 awardees in the IT community will close September 16 and winners will be announced October 4.

The FedScoop 50 Awards celebrate those people and products that make a positive impact in the government community and in public service. To vote for NUARI’s DECIDE-FS® technology innovation, visit: http://fedscoop.com/events/fedscoop50/2016/vote/#innovation-of-the-year.

FedScoop is the leading government tech media company in Washington, DC and gathers top leaders from The White House, federal agencies, academia and the tech industry to discuss how technology can improve government, exchange best practices and identify ways to achieve common goals.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury and developed by NUARI, DECIDE-FS® exercise software has been used over the past three years to support the banking and finance critical infrastructure sector and its Quantum Dawn exercises.

The DECIDE-FS® software allows business leaders to rapidly test and identify flaws in their incident response plan when faced with a threat.

NUARI built the resiliency assessment platform, DECIDE-FS®, under a $9.9 million contract awarded in August 2013 by the DHS S&T Directorate.

The only system of its kind, DECIDE-FS® was initially designed to test U.S. financial sector cyber risk resiliency and has been adapted for use in other critical infrastructure arenas, such as electrical grids and health care. The software engages an organization by using a simulation that participants experience interactively with their peers, competitors and supply chains to simulate systemic risk.

“DECIDE-FS® is the only human-in-the-loop distributed resiliency assessment platform that allows industries to test their response plans in a safe and confidential environment for all staff to practice decision-making,” said NUARI President Phil Susmann.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a member of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, sponsored legislation that chartered NUARI in 2002 and announced the DECIDE-FS® contract at Norwich’s Northfield campus in 2013.

Through the simulation, individuals and organizations learn to operate under stressful conditions—similar to how simulators are employed to condition the response of pilots and mariners to emergencies—as well as develop more persistent tactics for countering the unknown. DECIDE-FS® grew in part out of war game simulations. Such games have been used for decades by military organizations to validate strategies and tactics and refine response plans.

NUARI has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly a decade, preparing individuals and institutions to respond to catastrophic network failures, natural disasters, distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and other events that can impact market activity, communications, and essential services affecting critical infrastructures.

DECIDE-FS®, created at NUARI, is a massive, multi-participant simulation that effectively immerses industry decision makers, securities traders, IT and business continuity managers and others into complex, simulated scenarios focused on the effects of cyber incidents and other business disruptions.

ABOUT NUARI

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.
DECIDE-FS® exercises serve to strengthen the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructures in the face of cyberattacks from nation-states and trans-national actors.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

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dlarkin@norwich.edu
802-485-2886 or 595-3613(m)
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Norwich Earns Second Project Management Accreditation

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 2, 2016

Norwich University Joins the Ranks of Select Institutions Offering a Project Management Degree Program Accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs

The online Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance (MSISA), Project Management concentration at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies was recently accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Degree programs that achieve GAC accreditation must demonstrate and meet the GAC’s rigorous global standards of accreditation, which include an assessment of each program’s objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, onsite and online resources, annual self-evaluation, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education. Over 105 project management degree programs in sixteen countries are accredited by GAC. Programs at more than ten other universities are in the process of accreditation. GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.

This is Norwich’s second such accreditation. The Master of Business Administration, Project Management concentration was accredited in 2014.

Norwich’s MSISA Project Management concentration prepares students for this field and hones skills in key project management knowledge areas. Students can become proficient in project planning; scope, risk, and cost management; and project procurement. Students enter the concentration after completing a series of foundational courses in information assurance technology, risk management and information assurance management and analytics.

To date, nearly 980 students have graduated from Norwich’s online information security and assurance master’s program, with another 117 currently enrolled.

“It is a great achievement for Norwich University to earn the PMI accreditation for a second program concentration,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “The GAC accreditation provides our students an immediate applicability to further enhance their Norwich educational opportunities. This exemplifies our commitment to help students attain the skills necessary to become effective project managers and leaders in a variety of fields.”

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 197 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

NSF awards Norwich grant for free teen summer cyber camp for second year

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

July 7, 2016

Norwich University has received a grant for more than $72,000 from the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Security Agency, to lead a weeklong summer camp on cybersecurity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Dubbed GenCyber@NU, the comprehensive program is free to all participants and will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and alumni.

Twenty-one students will dive into the fields of cybersecurity and cyberdefense. The pre-college program will be held July 17-23 and is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, field trips and program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants. This is the second year in a row that Norwich is offering this free program.

When asked last year to name a favorite aspect of the camp, students said: “Hands-on activities and good counselors,” and “I Ioved the fact that they were teaching us things such as the tools used for the forensic studies.”

About GenCyber:

“GenCyber” is a partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how skills in that area can pay off for them in the future. Educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is a priority for leaders in both the public and private sectors. Cyber threats are only growing, and improving defenses to better protect the nation is a must in this digital era. While the program, launched in 2014, focuses on raising awareness among students, camps for teachers are also available to help educators build curricula for their own schools.

GenCyber summer camps will be hosted by non-profit organizations, K-12 school systems, and university and college campuses in 35 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The program is exposing largely middle and high school students and teachers to subject matter and cyber problem solving that will help prepare them for college coursework. The camps, some of which are overnight, are free for participants.

This is the third year of the program. The goal is to expand GenCyber from the current 133 camps to 200 by 2020.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education:

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top 10 best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Ideas @ Work: #13 Summer Camps

Photo of students at the Norwich University GenCyber@NU summer cyber camp

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

How do you recruit promising high school students to test drive the Norwich experience? Think summer camp. For 15 years now, NU’s Future Leaders Camp has brought teenagers to campus for a two-week, military-leadership adventure camp. Last year, Norwich launched two new summer programs. GenCyber@NU offered a free, weeklong cybersecurity immersion for high school juniors and seniors. The program was cosponsored by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. The School of Architecture + Art also hosted a Summer Design Academy for aspiring architects taught by Norwich faculty and alumni. All three camps return this summer, along with a new offering: an entrepreneur boot camp hosted by NU’s School of Business and Management.

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Norwich offers summer camps for architecture and cybersecurity

Photo of students at the Norwich University GenCyber@NU summer cyber camp

~Camps give students the opportunity to learn at a top cybersecurity program and at the only accredited architecture school in northern New England.~

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 29, 2016

Norwich University is offering two summer camps led by standout Norwich faculty, alumni and students for rising high school juniors and seniors.

The first program, GenCyber@NU, is a free, U.S. government-sponsored camp for cyber security and cyber defense. In it, students will be provided the hardware and software to build a mini computer, which they will keep at the end of the program. The week-long, pre-college program, to be held from July 17-23, is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

The camp is funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation and is FREE for attending students. All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, field trips, and other program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants.

Applications are due April 15. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via email to gencyber@norwich.edu. For more information, go here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/business/gen-cyber-camp/.

Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). Norwich University has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program since 2002.

The second program is facilitated by Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, which will hold a Summer Design Academy from July 10-16. During the week-long program, students will grapple with design thinking and explore the communication of their ideas through various media and hands-on projects.

Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complement daily design studios. Students will gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their college applications. Students will also be advised on the college admission and portfolio-building processes.

Local designer and Norwich alumnus Joshua Chafe of Truex Cullins in Burlington, Vt. will join School of Architecture + Art faculty to provide design guidance and critique as students learn to design and build full-scale structures and spaces during studio time.

The cost, including room and board, is $750. Applications will be accepted through April 25. For more information, go here: http://profschools.norwich.edu/architectureart/summer-camp-front-page/

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only NAAB accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes to develop cybersecurity course for first responders

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 22, 2016

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) has been contracted to develop a cybersecurity course for first-responders. On February 11, 2016, NUARI signed a Subaward Agreement in the amount of $251,301 with the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute as prime contractor.

As a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC), NUARI has received a subaward under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security National Training Program to develop a 64-hour web-based course.

The NUARI web-based course will be entitled “Introduction to Vulnerability Assessment.” The objective of the course is to provide instruction enabling students to evaluate vulnerability assessment, threat assessment and risk analysis projects as they relate to cyber security. After development is complete and the course is certified by DHS FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED), six courses will be delivered and approximately 200 students will be trained during the program period. The course will then be added to FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED) course catalog and made available on the ongoing basis.

“Norwich continues to develop cutting edge educational experiences with direct access to cyber security tools,” NUARI President Phil Susmann said. “This body of work further expands the Norwich educational audience and is aimed at preparing state and local first responders with the tools needed to protect an increasing cyber centric world that becomes less secure each day.”

The award, totaling $3 million, is disbursed among the consortium.

The NCPC training objective for this award is to develop and deliver two new instructor-led, hands-on, scenario-driven courses, and three new web-based courses. The courses collectively touch on many different topic areas in cybersecurity including network security, network monitoring, incident response and recovery, information sharing, security awareness, policy, disaster recovery, business continuity, and risk/vulnerability management.

Each of the five NCPC courses developed through this program are targeted to serve the following professional disciplines: Emergency Management Agencies, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials Personnel, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, State and Local Governments, Public/Private Utilities, and all other critical infrastructure in both the public and private sectors.

Since 2013 NUARI has partnered and collaborated with four university centers, which formed the NCPC. The NCPC is organized around the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) that emphasizes cybersecurity as being the responsibility of the “whole community.” The whole community includes the public and private sectors as well as any individual within the community who accesses the internet or a computer network. The other NCPC members are the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (Memphis); University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute (CJI); University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS); and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

In October 2014, the NCPC received an award in the amount of $2,379,124.00, with NUARI serving as the prime contractor and program manager for the project. The FY2014 award period of performance extends through September 30, 2017.

The FY2015 award is being supported by Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Homeland Security National Training Program, CFDA 97.005, under award number EMW-2015-CA-00152-S01.

The FY2014 award is being supported by Federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Homeland Security National Training Program, CFDA 97.005, under award number EMW-2014-CA-00129.

ABOUT NUARI

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu