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Citadel News Service
13 Mar 2013

What does cybersecurity mean to you?

The Citadel takes on new role in safeguarding against cyber attacks

When the news broke in October that the department of revenue’s computer system had been hacked compromising 3.6 million social security numbers and 387,000 debit and credit card numbers, South Carolinians were left wondering how the attack had happened and what it meant to them.

“It was a wake-up call,” said Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics Lok Lew Yan Voon, who is leading the college’s efforts to bring cybersecurity education to the Lowcountry.  “People don’t generally realize just how important cybersecurity is until there’s news of a breach in security, and by then it’s too late. In talking with industry leaders in the region, it is clear that there is a need for technical programs in cybersecurity to train the workforce to fight this new war.”

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has several new initiatives taking place, including new academic programs in cybersecurity, to achieve the goals in education and workforce training.

March 26:  What is Cybersecurity? a talk by Matt Bishop, Ph.D.
6:30 p.m., Graham Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall
Matt Bishop, professor of computer science at the University of California at Davis, California, will discuss what security in the internet infrastructure means.  His talk, which will be general in nature to educate the public, will explore the meaning of cybersecurity, and the impact it has not only in day-to-day life but in society. Bishop’s research is in the analysis of vulnerabilities in computer systems, including modeling them, building tools to detect vulnerabilities and ameliorating or eliminating them.  The talk is free and open to the public.

April 13-14:  2013 Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition
Mark Clark Hall
Organized by the Palmetto Roost chapter of the Association of Old Crows, this inaugural competition will challenge South Carolina colleges and universities on Saturday and Charleston area high schools on Sunday. Blue Teams will be responsible for operating and protecting a small network while Red Teams will try to hack into the Blue Team systems.

Spring 2013:  Minor in Cybersecurity
Five cadets will graduate this spring with a minor in cybersecurity.  Students majoring in electrical engineering or computer science are the target for the new minor that requires five classes to complete: organization/architecture, a course in computer networks, a course in computer security, an approved elective such as computer crime, and the capstone class advanced cybersecurity.

Coming soon:  Specialization in Cybersecurity for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science
Coming soon, the master’s degree in computer science, which is a joint program between The Citadel and the College of Charleston, will have a specialization in cybersecurity.  The new specialization is currently in the approval process.  In addition to core courses, students will take advanced operating systems, privacy and security issues, data communications and networking and advanced cybersecurity to qualify for this specialization.

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