LegalNet Works Inc. (â€œLegalNetâ€) and Beekeeper Group were selected as winners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge. Created by DHS and open to the public, the Challenge sought the best and brightest concepts on how to clearly and comprehensively communicate cybersecurity to the American public.
The winning proposal includes activities designed to educate the American public about online safety, targeting groups as young as kindergarten students and extending up to corporate executives and boards. Message dissemination relies heavily on online social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube and Linked-In.
â€œOne of our elements, the Trot for Bots was a favorite among the team. The idea is to run a 5k race in downtown DC streets to demonstrate that a single runner may not have an impact on traffic, but a large group of runners can wreak havoc â€“ just like a large-scale botnet on the Internet.â€
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has urged key senators to reach an agreement quickly on a comprehensive cybersecurity bill that he could take to the floor as early as September
The message from the meeting was to meld competing cybersecurity bills together by September, if not earlier
When asked what has prompted Reid’s sense of urgency, his spokeswoman said he was briefed last year on a national intelligence estimate for cybersecurity and has had other conversations and meetings that convinced him of the need to act.
“I am very encouraged about the prospects for cybersecurity legislation passing the Senate this year,” Lieberman said in a statement. “The Majority Leader has given us our marching orders, and Senator Collins and I are working with other relevant committee chairs to harmonize our various proposals for a comprehensive bill that will significantly strengthen the security of public and private sector cyber networks.”
A spokeswoman for Rockefeller confirmed he is working with Lieberman to forge a consensus bill.
Meanwhile, the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill contains cybersecurity provisions and is regarded as a must-pass bill, aides noted. Senators might just load up that bill with other cybersecurity measures.
As San Antonio pushes to become the center for cyber security in the United States, local high school programs are looking to bolster the city’s work force and increase local interest in the industry.
John Carrera created the cyber certification program at Holmes High School seven years ago. His classes offer students the opportunity to work in the cyber field right out of high school.
Southwest High School and the Information Technology Security Academy at the Alamo Academies offer similar programs.
Those who reach the pinnacle of Carrera’s class â€” Cisco CCNA certification, which is preceded by three other certifications â€” can make $60,000 to $70,000 a year with the certifications alone, he said.
Area universities also are doing their part to boost interest in the field.
Greg White, a professor of computer science at UTSA, collaborated with the Air Force Association, Northrop Grumman and others to create a national cyber defense competition for high school students called CyberPatriot.
He said he hopes the competition, which included 170 high schools in 2009, will expand to 1,000 high schools in 2011.
Along those lines, UTSA and its Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security have created a training module for high school teachers. He said the modules are available to any school or team that signs up for the national competition.
The University of Maryland University College is reporting robust response to a first-of-its kind cybersecurity degree program scheduled to commence this fall. The coursework will be completely online, so anyone in the U.S. can participate. And studies are geared for older students already holding down jobs.
Graduates will be trained to defend against elite cyberattackers, both from a technical and policy-setting standpoint.
Dr. Greg von Lehmen, UMUC’s provost and chief academic officer
‘The formulation of UMUC’s curricula has a direct tie to the collaborative work done by the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Commission on Cybersecurity for President Obama. This was the group of military, tech security, law enforcement, regulatory and elected officials that took on the task of producing a seminal set of cybersecurity recommendations for the next president.
Because course work is to be delivered “completely online,” a hefty percentage of the inaugural group of students is expected to be working professionals looking to change careers, says von Lehmen. A typical graduate student would take one 6-credit hour course per term and earn a masters of science in cybersecurity or a master of science in cybersecurity policy in two years.
One course per term + 2 years to earn the degree = an MS after taking only 4 courses. Sounds like a real high quality program! *sarcasm*