1st National Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference (April 11-12, 2014)

With the support of National Science Foundation Award#1303441, the Women in Cybersecurity conference (WiCyS) is an effort to bring together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cybersecurity from academia, research, and industry for recruitment and retention of women in this field. Any individual or organization interested in supporting recruiting and retention efforts for women in cybersecurity is encouraged to participate.

More here: 1st National Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference – Nashville, Tennessee, April 11-12, 2014


Cybersecurity Research Experience for Undergraduates in Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park

College Park is looking for Cybersecurity Scholars for the 2014 summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Maryland.


The Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland is seeking applications for Scholars to become integral members of team-based research projects in cybersecurity coordinated by faculty in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). Students majoring in engineering, computer science, math, and physical science are strongly encouraged to apply. View the list of 2014 projects here: http://www.wie.umd.edu/undergrad/cs-scholars/cs2014-projects.

Teams conduct research from June 2 through August 1, 2014. The program offers multiple tiers of mentorship and training in team skills and project organization, as well as addressing issues of concern to women and minorities in science and engineering. Each Scholar receives a $4,500 stipend, $300 food allowance, and housing. Funding is available for transportation.

For additional information to access the online application, please review the Cybersecurity REU website at http://www.wie.umd.edu/undergrad/cs-scholars or contact Cristin Caparotta (ccapa@omiacs.umd.udu or 301-405-6735).

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Clark School of Engineering

“Science Nation” Cybersecurity Video Highlighting Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance and Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Program

This week’s Science Nation video, Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce, features the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) at Moraine Valley Community College.  Some of the introductory footage came from the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MA CCDC), which was run by National CyberWatch.  On the Web page, click the link just below the video and to the right to download your own copy of the video.
Congratulations and thanks to Erich Spengler, John Sands, and the rest of the CSSIA team for all of their hard work that led to the successful efforts profiled in the video.

Are You Sure You Want to Work in Cybersecurity?

In Mike Subelsky’s 08/11/11 blog posting, here’s what he has to say on the matter: “Cybersecurity, while offering lucrative job opportunities, might not be an ultimately rewarding career for Maryland technologists. I worked in this sector for about eight years as a military officer, government civilian, and government contractor in a variety of different roles, and here’s what I want to say about it.”

What do you think?