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.    

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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 University Names New Digital Forensics Professor and Director of Computing Center

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 21, 2105

NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University has named Huw Read, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Norwich University Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics, beginning fall 2015.

Read began his academic career as a research assistant in 2004 working on improving tools for digital forensics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales), Read went on to become a lecturer, later a senior lecturer and course leader specializing in computer forensics at the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom.

Read has authored and co-authored a number of research papers to conferences and journals in the areas of computer forensics and computer security. He has worked closely with the government and military sectors in the UK and enjoys relating the research challenges encountered during consultancy work back to the classroom for the benefit of his students.

“I find the areas of forensic science, the law, and their application to the digital realm fascinating, especially when applied to potential presentation of findings in a court of law,” Read said. “I enjoy the challenge of not just identifying evidence on a suspect system, but trying to understand their actions rippling out from a core digital epicenter across the cyber realm.”

Citing Norwich students as his main motivation for coming to the university, Read said he was “bowled over by their enthusiasm and their love of the subject.

Norwich University operates its own private cloud computing resource where students use the most up-to-date technology to solve real-world problems.

“I look forward to encouraging them towards their goals, and I hope to learn new things from them too.”

“Digital forensics and investigations is a critical feature of our Computer Security program; one that sets us apart from most other programs,” said College of Professional Schools Dean Aron Temkin. “Exceptional scholars in this area are rare, and so we are fortunate to have found someone with Huw’s enthusiasm and experience to carry forward the great work initiated by the Center’s founding director.”

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

Norwich offers a bachelor of science in computer security and information assurance (BSCSIA) with concentrations in cyber forensics and advanced information assurance. Graduates of that program have gone on to careers at NSA, DHS, DoD, federal law enforcement, and private sector organizations such as Booz Allen, among others.

In keeping with growing demand for cybersecurity professionals across all sectors of society, over the past four years this undergraduate program has grown by 66% from 79 students to 120. Likewise, Norwich has another 125+ students in its online cybersecurity programs – a Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance and a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security.

Norwich University has been at the forefront of cybersecurity issues since the late-1990s, and today builds the tools to defend critical infrastructures through cyber-gaming. Norwich consistently graduates students who are hired upon completion of its cyber security curriculum.

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 Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

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Norwich In the News: “Camp Teaches Teens to Solve Cyber Crimes”

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated July 14, 2015

Vermont Public Radio’s story on the Norwich GenCyber@NU digital forensics summer camp for high school juniors and seniors was rebroadcast by the national news program Here & Now. A co-production of NPR and WBUR in Boston, Here & Now is carried on 383 radio stations across the country and is heard by an estimated 3.6 million listeners each week. The midday news program aired the GenCyber@NU segment on July 13, 2015.

VPR radio reporter Charlotte Albright first profiled the GenCyber@NU program on June 25, 2015. The free, weeklong camp allowed 20 rising high school juniors and seniors to explore the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics with Norwich faculty and cybersecurity majors. Participants built their own computers and solved a fictional crime by real-life gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. Albright interviewed camp co-directors Prof. Peter Stephenson and recent Norwich computer security and information assurance graduate Katya Lopez ’15.

You can listen to the full VPR story here.

Norwich Partners With (ISC)² to Bridge Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

New initiative supports cybersecurity students and professionals through education and certification
By Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

January 21, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University officials announced an agreement with (ISC)²®, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with nearly 100,000 members worldwide, to become a new member of the (ISC)2 Global Academic Program (GAP).

Through the agreement, (ISC)2 will provide Norwich students and professionals with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and industry certification they need to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce. This collaborative initiative is an important part of the GAP’s aim to establish a joint framework for industry-academic cooperation to bridge the workforce gap between the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals and the amount of skilled professionals entering the industry.

Cyber Leadership

Instituted in 1999, Norwich University’s undergraduate computer security and information assurance program was among the first in 2001 to be designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency. Norwich was also among the first schools to carry the designation as a pilot university of the Center of Digital Forensic Academic Excellence (CDFAE) in order to establish industry standards for digital forensic education, making it one of the top cyber forensics programs in the nation. Norwich offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Security and Information Assurance (BSCSIA) with concentrations in cyber forensics and advanced information assurance. In February 2014, this program was rated the number two cyber security academic program in the United States by the Ponemon Institute, who surveyed nearly 2,000 certified information security professionals rating 403 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

“Recognized as the global leader in gold standard information security certification and education, (ISC)2 has developed and continually refined the (ISC)2 common body of knowledge (CBK®) over the last 25 years to reflect the evolving threat landscape and accepted standards of practice for this burgeoning industry,” said Dr. Jo Portillo, manager, Global Academic Program, (ISC)². “This agreement with Norwich University will allow us to advance our vision to inspire a safe and secure cyber world by incorporating our CBK directly into the global academic community.”

“It makes sense that Norwich, as one of the premier institutions teaching cybersecurity and forensics in the Nation, would team up with (ISC)², the global leader in certification to deliver both training and education, especially in the area of cyber forensics,” said Dr. Peter Stephenson, CCFP, CISSP, director of the University’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

About (ISC)²

Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with more than 100,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, as well as the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFPSM), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM), and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org.