Cybersecurity in Delaware

Cybersecurity in Delaware

State officials and UD experts convene to discuss opportunities to bolster cybersecurity education

The University of Delaware’s Cybersecurity Initiative hosted a discussion with James Collins, Chief Information Officer of the State of Delaware, and Solomon Adote, Chief Security Officer of the State of Delaware, on Feb. 15, 2019.

Collins and Adote met with UD students and faculty experts in cybersecurity to share the state’s strategies for information security, discuss the ongoing threat of cybercrime and brainstorm solutions to continually protect the personal information of Delawareans. The discussion took place in UD’s iSuite — a facility in Evans Hall that houses a “live-fire” virtual environment for cyber-warfare training, thanks in part to state support.

Collins praised students for studying cybersecurity — an important part of the innovation economy and society at large.

“A lot of times when folks think of war, battle and conflicts, they think of bullets, missiles and guns, but I would suggest to you that in the future, the enemies will be virtual, and the frontlines will be digital, and those that are in the cybersecurity field will be on that frontline for our nation, our state, and for our neighbors and friends, so I’m just going to congratulate you for stepping into that role,” he said. Collins also talked about the role of high-speed connectivity, information technology centralization, and data analytics in delivering government services and resources to Delawareans digitally.

Adote noted that the information security program in the State of Delaware has been very strong for years and explained ongoing efforts to keep information secure, including education for citizens and state employees; policies, standards and compliance; disaster recovery; identification; cloud security; threat detection and response, and network security.

With strong government and industry collaborations, international research partnerships and a variety ofeducational programs in cybersecurity, the UD Cybersecurity Initiative is well equipped to partner with the State of Delaware and contribute to efforts in blockchain, smart cities and more emerging areas of importance. “At UD, we are ready to tackle both traditional and non-traditional cybersecurity issues,” said Nii O. Attoh-Okine, interim academic director of UD’s Cybersecurity Initiative, in opening remarks.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated the University of Delaware a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) in 2016. The five-year designation is based on the university meeting stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units.

Cryptocurrency is more opportunity than threat, says this First State Fintech Lab advisor

Cryptocurrency is more opportunity than threat, says this First State Fintech Lab advisor

When former CIA analyst Andrew Bustamante was asked to identify what he thought was the most formidable threat to U.S. national security, the reply was swift and sure: blockchain technology.

Indeed, the popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has focused attention on blockchain technology and the potential threats it poses to national security. That fear gained traction two years ago when a member of ISIS was reputed to have sent Bitcoin to fellow members across Indonesia to circumvent the formal financial system.

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March 26: Mastering Data Science and Statistical Analysis Information Session

March 26: Mastering Data Science and Statistical Analysis Information Session

Applied Statistics  |  Bioinformatics  |  Business Analytics |

Cybersecurity  |  Data Analytics  |  Data Science  |  Statistics

GIScience and Environmental Data Analytics

Learn about the programs! Meet the faculty! FREE to attend! RSVPs by March 22 are appreciated!

March 26, 2019
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Check-in starts at 6 p.m.
University of Delaware
The Tower at STAR Audion
100 Discovery Blvd.
Newark, DE 19713

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UDCSI Pizza Lunches

UDCSI Pizza Lunches

UD Cybersecurity Initiative Pizza Lunches

132 Evans Hall – Cyber iSuite 12:00 – 1:00 pm

October is the 15th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). An annual, month-long celebration of cybersecurity in recognition of the growing importance it plays throughout our lives. Please join UD’s Cybersecurity Initiative throughout the month for pizza and cybersecurity discussions (topics below).

October 11, 2018 – Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business

Discussion Lead: Dr. Nii Attoh-Okine, Interim Academic Director, UD Cybersecurity Initiative

October 19, 2018 – Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Discussion Lead: Dr. Nektarios Tsoutsos, Assistant Professor-Electrical and Computer Engineering

October 25, 2018- The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

Discussion Lead: Dr. Andy Novocin, Assistant Professor-Electrical and Computer Engineering

November 8, 2018- Cybersecurity Preparedness in Corporate America – What are we missing?

Discussion Lead: Paul Ferrillo, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice

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Advancing Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge

Advancing Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge

A three-day conference sponsored by the UD’s Cybersecurity Initiativeand College of Health Sciences

September 10-12, 2018
University of Delaware
John M. Clayton Hall, Newark, Del.
Free and open to the public—WALK-INS WELCOME!

Pre-registration for this conference is now closed. Walk-in registration is available on-site.

Advancing Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge is a conference that brings together experts from information technology, healthcare, cybersecurity and business to address important cybersecurity issues facing the healthcare industry.

All stakeholders and professionals affected by cybersecurity in healthcare—including physicians, healthcare practitioners, health IT professionals, faculty and students and more—are invited to join us for this critical conversation. Topics include:

  • Cybersecurity and Patient Information
  • Role of Healthcare Providers
  • Implications of Blockchain
  • Telehealth and Security Threats
  • Medical Device Cybersecurity
  • Cyberdefense Best Practices
  • Plus practical workshops addressing attacker psychology, enterprise security, incident response and more.

Registration for this event is FREE, but attendance is limited. Lunch and/or breakfast provided each day. Free parking is available.

Pre-registration for this conference is now closed. Walk-in registration is available on-site.

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Summer camp trains students to be the first line of cyberdefense

Summer camp trains students to be the first line of cyberdefense

For the last nine years, Wilmington University has hosted an annual United States Cyber Challenge (USCC) summer camp, immersing dozens of students in week-long program with an intense curriculum focused on cybersecurity.

On Friday, 2018’s camp graduated over 40 students–some from Delaware, some from across the globe, as far away as South Korea, South Africa, and China.

Governor John Carney was one of the impressive speakers at the camps graduation. He said cyber security is a big deal and affects the nation on many levels.

“People’s data security is at risk, we have seen data breaches with commercial institutions, retail establishments over the last several years, so it is a real privacy concern,” said Carney. “There are cyberthreats in the military arranged as well.”

The camp educates, recruits, and informs the next generation by teaching them crucial skills which will help them one day be the country’s first line of cybersecurity.

“This is a really important camp to develop a workforce that we need to be successful in combating that kind of a threat,” said Carney.

According to the FBI, cybercrime is the third-greatest threat to U.S. national security, after nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction.

Congresswomen Lisa Blunt Rochester spoke to this year’s graduating class, instilling in them that this is not just a summer camp, but a way to take down the bad guys.

“In the Marvel comics it is usually ordinary people doing extraordinary things and right now the training that they just received are in areas that will help us with terrorism, its area that will help us with our personal private data our health care,” said Rochester. “I wanted them to understand the significance of this training that they are getting. They might feel like an ordinary person, but really the work that they are doing and help and save us all.”

The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the cost of cyber crime is $400 billion a year, and by 2022, there will be 1.8 million open jobs in cybersecurity–big business. With the average age of cyber professionals being 42, this camp does the following:

  • Developed student skills to help fill the ranks of cyber security professionals in and outside of government
  • Shortages of qualified cyber security personnel extend from the government to the U.S. defense industrial base, information systems contractors, utilities, telecommunications companies and most other segments of the critical infrastructure
  • The camp gives students in Delaware the chance to receive training from world class cyber security experts, practice their new skills, and inform them of educational and employment opportunities
  • Identify and nurture America top young people destined for careers in cyber security.

Krystian Bates, Patrick Mahoney, Alex Reuben and Hannah Tattan were this year’s camp scholarship recipients. Each student received a $2,500 award—a thousand to go towards IC-squared classes and the rest for schooling.

Bates is from Delaware and was one of this year’s graduates. He was first introduced to cybersecurity through his dad, who teaches ethical hacking and information security at Delaware Technical Community College.

“[The camp] taught me things that I could use later on, hopefully in the military, such as Computer forensics and ethical hacking,” said Bates.

Mahoney is originally from California and has been living in Delaware for the last six years. He is stationed here with the military and said he has always been a computer nerd. One thing that he learned from the camp was how vulnerable a computer really is.

“The fact that you can do so much harm without physically being at your target is pretty insane to me,” said Mahoney. “[Cyber security] isn’t for everyone but if you like tinkering with things, especially math, then you should give it a try.”

Published Jul 27, 2018