Ideas @ Work: #25 Super Bowl Cybersecurity

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

Spring 2016

Many colleges say they offer students “hands-on learning” and “real-world experience.” But Norwich’s cybersecurity program, already considered one of the best in the country, took it to a whole new level in February. As the Denver Broncos battled the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl 50, some 67 Norwich Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) majors were hard at work behind the scenes. Based on site in Santa Clara, Calif., and at the Global Threat Observatory on the NU campus, the students culminated months of work in support of the Super Bowl 50 Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Protection Subcommittee. Detective Sergeant Ray Carreira ’96 of the Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law-enforcement agency for Super Bowl 50, spearheaded the subcommittee and made Norwich’s participation possible.

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Ideas @ Work: #17 Two-Stage Trigger

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

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

Applying new science to an old idea, Norwich psychology faculty and students have spent the past year developing an early prototype of a two-stage firearm trigger. Faculty members Matt Thomas, Kevin Fleming, and Carole Bandy, and students John Dulmage, Heather Powell, and Muhammad Ali Shahidy believe the project may help prevent wrongful shootings. Their work is based on findings at Norwich that reveal how the human brain processes shooting scenarios. While it takes our brains just 100 milliseconds to deliver instructions to squeeze a trigger, it takes our brains 320 milliseconds to visually process a target. Did the suspect pull a gun or a cell phone? The two-stage trigger project aims to give our brains a brief moment of pause to ask, Are you sure?

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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 University Hosts 8th Annual CSI Symposium April 28-29

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host its eighth annual CSI Symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29.

Speakers will include Arlington, Texas, police Sergeant Brook Rollins on “Drone Technology and Surveillance,” New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lieutenant Rob Appleton ’92 on “Internet Crimes Against Children,” Martin Davin and Mike Perez on “Computer Tracking and LoJac for Laptops,” and Dr. Gary Margolis on “Threats in a Social Media World.”

Hosted by the Norwich University College of Liberal Arts and Board of Fellows, all events are free and open to the public and take place in Dole Auditorium.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 28

    5-7 p.m.
    Brook Rollins (Arlington, TX PD) on “Drone Technology and Surveillance”

Wednesday, April 29

    9-9:50 a.m.
    Rob Appleton (Computer Crimes Unit, State of New York) on “Internet Crimes Against Children”
    10-10:50 a.m.
    Martin Davin and Mike Perez (formerly with NYPD, now with Absolute Software) on “Computer Tracking and LoJac for Laptops”
    11-11:50 a.m.
    Gary Margolis (Margolis Healy/Social Sentinel) on “Threats in a Social Media World”

For more information, please contact the event coordinators: Isabel Weinger Nielsen, inielsen@norwich.edu, 802.485.2455 or Professor Penny Shtull, pshtull@norwich.edu>, 802.485.2373.

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

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

8th Annual Norwich CSI Symposium Convenes April 28-29, 2015

By Isabel Weinger Nielsen | College of Liberal Arts

 
Updated April 13, 2015

The 8th Annual CSI Symposium will be held in Dole Auditorium on Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. Speakers will include

  • Sergeant Brook Rollins (Arlington, TX, PD) on “Drone Technology and Surveillance”
  • Lieutenant Rob Appleton ’92 (Computer Crimes Unit, State of New York) on “Internet Crimes Against Children”
  • Martin Davin and Miguel Perez (formerly with NYPD, now with Absolute Software) on “Computer Tracking and LoJac for Laptops” and
  • Gary Margolis (Margolis Healy/Social Sentinel) on “Threats in a Social Media World.”

Norwich University has hosted the CSI Symposium each spring since 2008, presenting a cross-disciplinary approach to crime scene investigation, case resolution, and crime prevention. The symposium aims to boost student interest in forensics, crime investigation, criminal justice, and related fields. Presentations are given on a variety of topics and demonstrate that law enforcement is supported by many professions, including law, information technology, engineering, science, and medicine. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Norwich University Board of Fellows.

Begun as a means of promoting a new forensic science course, the CSI Symposium is designed to appeal to both science and criminal justice majors. Over the years, it has been expanded to attract students from all disciplines. Keynote speakers have included Dr. Henry Lee on “Crime Scene Reconstruction,” detective inspector Anne Lawrence on “Investigation of the July 2005 London Bombings,” Sgt. detective Daniel Duff and Lt. detective Robert Merner on “Craigslist Killer,” Dr. Richard Ovens on “Forensic Interview and Education,” and detective Biff Brady and former assistant chief of police Joseph Loughlin on “Technology Used in the Amy St. Laurent Homicide Case.” Other notable speakers have included pathologist Dr. Michael Baden and forensic odontologist Dr. Lowell Levine.

Rob Appleton ’92, COLA Board of Fellows member, has been the driving force behind the event since its inception. An 18-year veteran of the New York State Police, Rob has invited experts from New York, New England, Toronto, and even New Scotland Yard (UK) to speak at Norwich. Alumni have also given presentations at the symposium, including FBI special agent Gary Hoover ’92, senior intelligence analyst Ken Bell M’13, and Chuck Nettleship ’85, M’03 of Triquetra Technologies and COLA Board of Fellows member.

The event is free and open to the public. Updates and the CSI Symposium schedule can be found at libarts.norwich.edu/csi-symposium/.

For more information, contact event coordinators Professor Penny Shtull at pshtull@norwich.edu or Isabel Weinger Nielsen,inielsen@norwich.edu.