Norwich University computer security program part of major security event, Super Bowl 50

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 21, 2016

The Norwich University computer security and information assurance (CSIA) program, with students operating both onsite in California and on campus, supported Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency at Super Bowl 50, and the law enforcement and homeland security functions leading up to and during this international sporting event.

Norwich University was the only educational institution invited to participate in support of the public safety team tasked with safeguarding Super Bowl 50. With support from over 60 students working at its campus based Global Threat Observatory, Norwich cybersecurity students and faculty collaborated with Levi’s Stadium – the host for the event – and with the Super Bowl 50 Critical Infrastructure & Cyber Protection Sub Committee, the represented agencies and their personnel. This committee was led by Detective Sergeant Ray Carreira ’96 of the Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency for the event.

Throughout 2015 CSIA students worked with this team in preparation for this globally televised event and formed partnerships with leading software developers to support their work.

Norwich University’s participation was made possible in part with generous support by these critical providers:

  • Barrier 1 Barrier 1 patented process delivers the ability to accurately detect and protect against all forms of known and never-before-seen cyber attacks in real time and at the point of impact. Barrier1 uses an Intelligent based analytical based engine that utilizes over 25,000 sensors on board that feed a series of behavior algorithms.
  • Carbon Black Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies for their business, and leverage the expertise of 10,000 professionals from IR firms, MSSPs and enterprises to shift the balance of power back to security teams. Only Carbon Black continuously records and centrally retains all endpoint activity, making it easy to track an attacker’s every action, instantly scope every incident, unravel entire attacks and determine root causes. Carbon Black also offers a range of prevention options so organizations can match their endpoint defense to their business needs. Carbon Black has been named #1 in endpoint protection, incident response, and market share. Forward-thinking companies choose Carbon Black to arm their endpoints, enabling security teams to: Disrupt. Defend. Unite.
  • Intel 471 Intel 471’s online portal and API provide clients with actionable and proactive cyber threat intelligence information for integration with customers’ own security and fraud detection systems. We track financially motivated cyber criminals and hacktivists and are described as an “actor-centric cyber threat intelligence collection capability” for our customers.
  • ProtectWise™ ProtectWise is disrupting the network security industry with its Cloud Network DVR, a virtual camera in the cloud that records everything on the network, which allows security professionals to see threats in real time and retrospectively for complete detection and visibility of enterprise threats. ProtectWise was used to monitor network activity and identify threats.
  • Pwnie Express Pwnie Express provides threat detection of the billions of devices in and around your workplace. By automating wireless and wired device detection, Pwnie solutions continuously detect the devices on or around your network that are open pathways for attackers. Pwnie arms your security team to win the BYOD battle with the ability to detect and fingerprint any device, from phone to thermostat, in order to prioritize your security response, reduce alert fatigue, and provide situational intelligence.
  • Silobreaker Silobreaker products help security and intelligence professionals make sense of the overwhelming amount of data on the web. By providing powerful tools and visualizations that cut through and analyze data from hundreds of thousands of open sources, Silobreaker makes it easy for users to monitor and investigate threat actors, attack types, vulnerabilities, instabilities, geopolitical developments, or any other topic or event.  Customers save time by working more efficiently through large data-sets and improving their expertise, knowledge and decision-making by examining and interpreting the data more easily.

Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, is one of the most technologically capable stadiums in the world. In preparation, CSIA students attended Wrestlemania and a major soccer match for fact-finding and familiarization with the security environment.

Super Bowl 50 was broadcast in over 180 countries in 25 languages and was expected to reach over 115 million households in the USA, making it the most viewed event in history.

“I have been so impressed by these Norwich students and their professionalism, their ability to solve complex problems and the ease with which they have integrated into this intense law enforcement environment,” said Captain Phil Cooke, Santa Clara Police Department Super Bowl 50 Commander.

The Norwich University cybersecurity program began in 1999.

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 is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

“When I read about all the impressive work Norwich is doing with cyber, I took the opportunity to connect that expertise to a function for law enforcement of this major event,” Carreira said.

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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Photo Gallery: Norwich Football Game Showcases School Spirit

Black and white image of Norwich rooks mugging it up at a football game
Norwich University Office of Communications

October 21, 2015

The Norwich University football team hosted Maritime (N.Y.) on Saturday during Parent and Family Weekend, winning its third straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference game with a 30-22 victory. NU civilian students and rooks took the opportunity to show their school spirit.

Photographs by Mark Collier, NU Office of Communications

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Norwich University to Welcome Thousands Back to Campus and Launch the “Year of Transformation” at Homecoming

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host several thousand guests during annual Homecoming festivities Oct. 1-4 and kick off the “Year of Transformation,” year two in its five-year, $100 million campaign called “Forging the Future.”

During the Saturday, Oct. 3 All Class Luncheon to Launch the Year of Transformation, President Richard W. Schneider will make special announcements about the campaign.

Highlights of Homecoming 2015:

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Free and open to the public, 1:00 p.m. in Dole Auditorium: distinguished cultural anthropologist and author Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture presentation and book signing. The presentation will be live-streamed here.
  •  Free and open to the public, 1:00 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery: The School of Architecture + Art 2015-16 lecture series kicks off with presentations from three students who received the prestigious Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and traveled to Switzerland, Italy, the American Southwest and Canada. This first event will culminate with a lecture from Norwich alum Kimberly Tuttle, with the American Institute of Architects Student division, followed by a small reception.

 Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 9:30 a.m. Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets review, on Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Six out of eight NU fall sports teams have games at home; check the schedule here.
  • 1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Sabine Field, to begin the football game against Becker College. 

Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 a.m. at the Wise Campus Center Green – Semper Fidelis Levy Challenge; learn more about the Marine Corps endurance race fundraiser.

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.    

Media Contact:

Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886; (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu
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Norwich Football to Join NEWMAC Conference in 2017

Norwich University Athletics

 
April 8, 2015

BOSTON–The Norwich University football program will usher in a new era starting in 2017 when it joins the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as an associate member.

Norwich will join MIT, United States Coast Guard Academy, Springfield College, WPI, United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) and Maine Maritime to form the new league’s inaugural membership class.

“I am very pleased to be joining the NEWMAC as the schools represented here adhere to our values and are fine academic institutions that believe in Division III principles of being a student athlete with student first and athlete second,” said Norwich University President Dr. Richard W. Schneider. “We play sports at Norwich to build our student’s leadership skills and instill a sense of pride for our student body, alumni and friends.”

“This conference also allows us to continue long held rivalries, especially with our sister military institutions. All the institutions in this conference believe as we do that you are not passing the football if you are not passing your academic courses! It is the best of college athletics. Of course, I am personally thrilled to compete with my alma mater, the Coast Guard Academy, as well as to establish new regional rivalries.”

The formation of the NEWMAC will be a reunion for Norwich, Coast Guard, Springfield, WPI and Merchant Marine Academy, who all used to be members of the Freedom Football Conference, which was in existence from 1992-2003.

“I am extremely excited for Norwich football to be a part of the NEWMAC football conference,” said NU Director of Athletics Tony Mariano. “To be able to compete against the high quality of institutions and football programs in this league will further engage alumni and the campus community in what promises to be spirited and sportsmanlike competition.”

“It has always been our goal to be able to compete with USCGA, Merchant Marine and Maine Maritime on a yearly basis and it is very important to our university and our alumni. This is an exciting time for Norwich football and I look forward to the start of the NEWMAC football conference.”

Norwich will remain in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, before moving to a full NEWMAC league schedule in 2017. The NEWMAC will not be eligible for an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament until 2019, per the NCAA’s by-laws for new leagues.

Norwich was a founding member of the ECFC, which began play in 2009. The Cadets won two league titles in 2009 and 2011 and made one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. NU has made the postseason six straight years with four ECAC Bowl appearances, one ECFC Championship game and the program’s inaugural trip to the NCAA playoffs.

“The opportunity to represent Norwich University as an affiliate member of the NEWMAC is exciting to the athletes and coaches of our football team,” said NU head coach Mark Murnyack. “This change comes with an expression of gratitude to NEWMAC for their welcome to a conference renowned for student-athletes like our own, who strive for excellence; compete with integrity; and display respect in all that they do.”

“I am mindful of our path to reach this point and forever grateful for the many opportunities, the outstanding competition and the lasting relationships made in the ECFC. Not often do you get the chance to return where you started; I feel as if we are doing this now with Norwich’s move to the NEWMAC. (Old Freedom Football Conference) Schools in this conference are outstanding both athletically and academically, and we look forward to a new beginning that will provide even stronger opportunities for development, growth and leadership of our current team and future players while engaging our fan base as we tackle old rivalries.”

The seven football-playing members of the NEWMAC have combined to go to 13 NCAA Tournaments and have played in 22 ECAC Championship Bowl Games. The NEWMAC will also be looking to add an eighth team prior to beginning play in 2017.

Norwich is coming off a 7-4 season and an ECAC Northeast Bowl Game appearance vs. Salve Regina. The Cadets are 44-21 over the past six seasons, which ranks as the third most wins out of all New England Division III football schools.

“It gives me great pleasure to officially welcome Norwich University to the NEWMAC as associate member in football,” said NEWMAC Executive Director Patrick B. Summers. “It was clear that Norwich’s desire to uphold the NEWMAC’s dedication to both academic and athletic excellence was sincere and made it an ideal fit as a pioneering member for the football conference.”

Norwich will still look to maintain its budding intrastate rivalry with Castleton as a non-league game once the Cadets move to the NEWMAC in 2017. NU opens its 122nd football season on Sept. 5 when it travels to RPI.

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