|School of Computing and Software Engineering|
On April 4th and 6th, teams of students from the IT4853/IT6853 Computer
Forensics class made an onsite visit to the premises of a fictional software
company to collect digital evidence regarding alleged theft of intellectual
property by a company executive. Operating as teams of 4 students, they
performed the tasks common to an on-scene digital investigation. The
exercise required them to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their
coursework to collect evidence using proper processes and procedures that
would support that evidence’s admissibility in future legal proceedings.
Significant requirements were that they document the provenance of the
collected evidence, identify the relevant items in the scene, and make
forensic images of evidence items using the proper procedures.
Field forensic equipment provided courtesy of Mr. Richard Austin, the instructor of IT4853/6853 Computer Forensics course.
Erik Knudsen (left) and Brian Chase (right) prepare to make a forensic image of the disk drive removed from the suspect’s computer.
Do you practice good “cyber hygiene”? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a vested interest in ensuring you do, and an opportunity to raise your awareness about Internet safety is coming up on Tues., March 22.
The School of Computing and Software Engineering’s Center for Information Security Education will host an educational seminar at Southern Polytechnic State University given by DHS representatives on the agency’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign. “Stop. Think. Connect,” aims to combat the growing number of attacks on the nation’s cyber networks, which has become, in President Obama’s words, “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces.”
The program – arranged by Dr. Andy Wang, chair of the SPSU Department of Information Technology, and Dr. Sarah North, associate professor of Information Technology – is open to the general public, as well as students, faculty and staff. The speakers are the campaign’s director, Timothy Fraser, who is a technical expert in cybersecurity, and Bruce McConnell, senior counsel to the National Programs and Protection Directorate at the DHS.
According to a recent White House Cyberspace Policy Review, “People cannot value security without first understanding how much is at risk. Therefore, the federal government initiated a national public awareness and education campaign based on public messages to promote responsible use of the Internet and awareness of fraud, identity theft, cyber predators, and cyber ethics.”
The event will take place in the auditorium (Room 202) of the Engineering Technology Center from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
The SPSU (SPISA) Competition Team recently participated in the 2011 Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC) held at Kennesaw State University on March 8-10, 2011 during the SPSU Spring Break. The competition focused on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing networked, client-server information system infrastructure. Each student team was scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as DNS, MAIL, WEB, ECOM, Database and the associated servers, while balancing security needs against business needs via memos called business injections. The competition consisted of (10) Academic student teams from several colleges and universities around the southeastern region of the United States.
Each Competition Team was sequestered in their own rooms with their own network infrastructure to secure and defend. In addition, there were other teams known as the White, Gold, and Red Teams. The hackers were the Red Team composed of security professionals from various companies and backgrounds who tried to attack and exploit the network and computer operating systems of each of the Academic teams. The White team consisted of judges who scored the business injections during the competition. The Gold team facilitated overall management of all the competitors and the competition as well as tallying the overall scoring results.
While it was a lot of work, 8 hours straight on Day 1 of the competition and 12 hours straight on Day 2, it was definitely a lot of fun and a great learning experience. The competition was engineered to challenge each member's technical and business skills to which it unequivocally managed to succeed at doing just that. The biggest take away from this event was that anyone or any business organization that is charged with securing and defending a network or operating system infrastructure has a daunting task on their hands in fending off the plethora of cyber attacks that undoubtedly occur daily.
The Southern Poly Information Security Association (SPISA) strongly encourages anyone interested in this particular field to join us in learning more about cyber security and defense as well as help prepare the next SPSU Competition Teams to participate in future competitions. Anyone interested in joining SPISA or learning more about the SECCDC competitions can contact Dr. Pelstverger via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
SPSU STEM Education Training Workshop
Workshop hosted by SPSU STEM Education Research Team
Location: Room J-161 (J Building, also called Atrium Building)
Southern Polytechnic State University
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
A driving direction and parking permit will be sent out after registration.
The goal of this workshop is to introduce techniques that might be integrated into introductory courses in computing with a goal of attracting and engaging a broader range of students. We will be using Alice (http://www.alice.org) and Media Computation (http://www.mediacomputation.org) during the workshop. Alice is an approach to teaching introductory computing where students drag-and-drop program elements in order to construct 3-D stories. Media Computation is an approach to teaching introductory computing where the focus is on manipulating pictures, sounds, and video. Both approaches motivate and engage students, by contextualizing computing in a relevant activity.
This workshop presumes some experience with Alice. If you haven't had any, please visit http://www.alice.org to download a copy of Alice. Try running some of the tutorials. A CD with all software will be provided at the workshop. We will also have a limited number of USB drives for copying the software at the workshop.
This workshop is sponsored by the NSF BPC Alliance Georgia Computes! and SPSU mini-grant on STEM Education. It is aimed at computer science higher-education faculty and K-12 teachers who teach introductory computing courses.
Dr. Andy Wang
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
9:30am: Welcome and Introductions
10:00am: Introduction to manipulation of images with Media Computation in Python. (No prior experience with Python required)
10:30am-10:45am: Coffee Break
11:00am: Image Manipulation with Java
12-1:00pm: Lunch break (and play with images)
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Integrating Media Computation with Alice
2:00pm - 2:30pm: Manipulating sounds with Media Computation, and how to use those sounds with Alice
2:30pm - 3:15pm: Research results – what do we know about use of Media Computation?
3:15pm - 3:30pm: Coffee break
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Teaching linked lists with Media Computation
To register for this workshop, please email "Dr. Wang" <email@example.com> with:
* Your name
o Description of Institute: 2 yr vs. liberal arts vs. research university vs. high school teachers, approximate number of majors, and if minority-serving
* Mailing address
* Email and phone number
* Any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, pork-free, etc.)
* Will you need a laptop at the workshop, or will you be bringing one? All workshops are hands-on.
* Do you require accommodations at the workshop?
The workshop is free to participants, including coffee breaks and lunch. There is funding available for substitute teachers – please contact us if you need that. Mileage will be reimbursed up to $100. If you live more than 45 miles from Southern Poly, we will pay for one night hotel room. For mileage reimbursement, we will need start/stop odometer readings.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
To continue to provide the growing number of trained personnel needed, the DoD is working with universities across the country, known as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAEs), to develop and expand IA-related curricula and to offer programs of study for future IA professionals. As a powerful incentive for students to enter the IA field, the DoD is offers the Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Application Deadline: February 17, 2010
Fore more information, please visit http://cise.spsu.edu/scholarship.shtml.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Contest homepage: ibm.com/university/contest
The contest, which begins on October 5, is an educational tool that progresses in difficulty and prize value as contestants complete hands-on tasks, logging into a remote mainframe system from their own workstations. This year, the custom Master the Mainframe Contest T-shirt (the prize for being among the first 1,000 contestants to complete Part 1) will feature "tour dates" on the back, which will match the hometowns of the 50 schools that have the most registrants as of October 5. Students who complete Part 2 of the contest will also be invited to put their resumes into the Student Opportunity System, a recruiting tool for enterprise systems employers.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Here is another reason to join AITP: You can get scholarship. Here is the opportunity:
AITP Atlanta Student Member 2009 Julian P. Wade Scholarship Awards
We are very proud to announce that for the first time ever the AITP Atlanta Chapter is awarding three student scholarships in 2009.
The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing studies in information technology.
To apply please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the published article and download the application form and the rules please connect to: http://www.aitpatlanta.org
Association of Information Technology Professionals
401 North Michigan Avenue - Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60611-4267
For more information, please contact:
Marcus Guidry at email@example.com
SPSU AITP Chapter President
2009 AITP National Collegiate Conference Planning Committee
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Want to find out more about us? Come to our first meeting!!
Event: 1st Meeting of Spring Semester (Two Dates Available) When: Wednesday, Jan 28th, 2009 Time: 4:30PM – 5:30PM Where: Atrium Bldg – Room J-381
Or: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2009 Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM Where: Atrium Bldg – Room J-381
For more information, contact Marcus Guidry firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Demand for Oracle, SAP, .NET, VMware, and similar skills will remain high over the next few years despite the economic downturn, according to a survey from the National Computing Centre (NCC) in the United Kingdom. The survey found that 33.7 percent of organizations experience problems recruiting or retaining people with Oracle, SAP, .NET, Web development, business analysis, and network support skills. Positions demanding skills in areas of growing importance, such as VMware, virtualization, C#, security, and the Information Technology Infrastructure Library also are hard to keep filled. The NCC reports that perceived shortages rose from the "very low level" of 6.8 percent in the previous year's survey to 7.9 percent this year, the highest perceived shortage since 2001. The report also says that demand for systems and support staff is expected to grow to 10.2 percent over the next two years. System development staff have the highest predicted two-year demand growth rate at 13.1 percent. Eighty percent of respondents believe that the IT services sector will increase IT staff numbers over the next two years by 20 percent or more, and government and finance also are expected to increase IT staff.
Read the full article at: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/itmanagement/0,1000000308,39591620,00.htm.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Contest homepage: http://www.ibm.com/university/contest.
Students can access the simple registration form from that page. It also has a link to a printable PDF flyer on the homepage. The contest, which begins on October 1, is an educational tool that progresses in difficulty and prize value as contestants complete hands-on tasks, logging into a remote mainframe system from their own workstations.
This year, the custom Master the Mainframe Contest T-shirt (the prize for being among the first 700 contestants to complete Part 1) will feature "tour dates" on the back, which will match the hometowns of the 50 schools that have the most registrants as of September 15. Students who complete Part 2 of the contest will also be invited to put their resumes into the Student Opportunity System, a recruiting tool for enterprise systems employers.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
President Lisa Rossbacher, Governor Purdue, GA Congress Members will soon receive an official letters of notification about this designation.
CAE/IAE is a formal recognition from the U.S. government, as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity, for our role in securing nation's information systems. Now SPSU students are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (SFS).
Please refer to http://cise.spsu.edu/ for more information about research and scholarship opportunities.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
The judging was based on many different aspects of the competition, with the emphasis being server uptime and website functionality. Other factors went into judging as well, such as superfluous services or potentially malicious files, as well as adding in additional points for protective measures taken.Gold Team: Ray Walker, Eric John, Len Bledsoe, Daniel Braine, Korey Kolberg, Hugh L Webster, Marilee McClure. White Team: Andy Wang, Svetlana Peltsverger, Susan Vande Ven, Chih-Cheng Lien, Norris Walker, Ben Burgis, Fengwei Zhang, Yanyan Jin. We thank the Gold Team and White Team members for their great effort in making this competition a great success. Some pictures about this competition are available at http://it.spsu.edu/spisa/spisa.shtml. SPISA (Southern Polytechnic Information Security Association) is a student organization established for the purpose of advancing information security knowledge and skills. The current President of SPISA is Eric John, and the faculty advisor is Dr. Andy Wang. More information about SPISA is available at http://it.spsu.edu/spisa/spisa.shtml. http://it.spsu.edu/spisa/spisa.shtml.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Students can register by sending an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help in organizing a team, please contact the above emails for help.Please read or download the Network Security Competition Team Packet v1.4 here.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The workshop kicked off this evening in J-161. More than 50 people attended the first class today. The workshop is targeting CISSP exam dates in June (June 24, 2007) and September (Sept. 15, 2007) in Atlanta.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Yuta Kitabayashi, Eric John, Korey Kolberg, Mason Cleveland, Daniel Braine, Lee Webster, Ali Khodada
The SECCDC 2007 was held this year in University of North Carolina at Charlotte from March 9 to March 11, 2007. There were nine teams participated in this regional competition: University of Louisville, UNC Charlotte, Mississippi State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Mercer University, University of South Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Kennesaw State University, and South Florida University.
More information about this competition is available at http://it.spsu.edu/CISE/events.shtml.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Monday, October 23, 2006
At the ACM SIGITE (Special Interests Group in IT Education) 2006 conference from October 18 to 21 in Minneapolis, Mr. Fred Gutierrez, an MSIT student, won the Student Paper Award for his paper entitled "Stingray: A Hands-on Approach to Learning Information Security", which is based on his thesis work on information security research.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Welcome, Dr. Peltsverger!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Dr. Andy Ju An Wang is receiveing the CNSS certificate on stage, representing SPSU, at the 2006 CNSS IA Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Awards Ceremony at Washington, DC, on June 5th, 2006.
Dr. Linton Wells II presented the award. Dr. Wells II serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DoD). Also onstage are: Mr. Dick Schaeffer, Director for Information Assurance at NSA; Ms. Nancy Defrancesco, Chair of the CNSS Subcommittee on Telecommunications Security; and Mr. Eustace King, Chair of the CNSS Subcommittee on Information Systems Security.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Katie Suzanne DeVore of Cobb County is the first recipient of the Outstanding Service Award presented by the Information Technology Department, School of computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic State University in recognition of her contributions to SPSU as a volunteer while she was a student. DeVore earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from SPSU in 2005. She received the award, a plaque and a check from IntelliScience Corporation, at the annual Awards Day ceremony at SPSU today.
While at SPSU, DeVore volunteered for every Girl Scouts Day of Science event, served as a greeter and guide at every undergraduate open house for over two years, and served two terms as secretary of the SPSU student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. DeVore has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the 4H Clubs in the recent past. “I do volunteer work because I love to be around people and help out in any way possible,” said DeVore.
DeVore is a network technician for Computer Process Controls division of Emerson Electric in Kennesaw.
The Outstanding Service Award is sponsored by IntelliScience Corporation. IntelliScience is devoted to improving the quality of life and the safety of the global community, and is happy to be able to assist Southern Polytechnic State University in recognizing students who have donated their time and efforts for the benefit of the community at large.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Jeff Johnson received the Outstanding Academic Award today at the SPSU Student Award Ceremony at the Student Center.
Mr. Johnson started his BSIT study at SPSU in 2004, and he will receive his Bachelor's degree on May 6, 2006 with a GPA 3.94. Before coming to SPSU, Jeff studied in Georgia State University. He will become a SPSU MSIT student starting from this summer.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Business continuity management and contingency planning are essential, unavoidable and high-priority tasks for IT professionals. However, the creation of a sound continuity and contingency plan is a complex undertaking, involving a number of stages and discrete activities. For instance, it is necessary to understand the underlying risks and the potential impacts of disaster at the initial stage of planning. They are the building blocks upon which sensible business continuity or disaster recovery plans should be built. Then the plan itself must be created, validated and exercised. In the maintenance and testing stages, the IT professionals have to ensure that the plan remains current and that critical personnel remain practiced for an actual event.
The Graduate Certificate in Business Continuity program is designed to cover all these stages and to introduce some of the supporting tools. Students in this program will find software to assist with business impact analysis and risk analysis, create and maintain the plan itself, as well as audit, exercise and implement the plan.
Students graduating with this program will have a strong background in fundamental principles and applications of business continuity, whether they are entirely new to business continuity management, as well as hands-on experience with supporting tools commonly used in business continuity management.
Candidates must complete the four courses in the following table for a total of 12 credit hours.
|IT||6553||Business Continuity Risk Assessment||3|
|IT||6823||Information security concepts and Administration||3|
|IT||6563||Business Continuity Planning||3|
|IT||6573||Business Continuity Implementation||3|
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI-4011, and
Senior Systems Managers, CNSSI-4012.
Dr. Andy Ju An Wang, Chair of the Information Technology Department and Director of the Center for Information Security Education, will represent SPSU to receive recognition and an official certificate during the June 2006 CNSS Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the 10th Colloquium for Information Systems (CISSE) in Washington DC. This certificate, signed by the CNSS Chair, will be valid through June 2009. More information about SPSU Center for Information Security Education (CISE) is available at http://it.spsu.edu/CISE.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Dave Bachtel, Ryan Cambell, Fred Gutierrez, Yuta Kitabayashi, Mason Cleaveland, Chris Colyar, and Eric John.
The SECCDC was a three-day event in KSU on March 10-12, 2006. Seven teams participated in this competition: Chattahoochee Technical College, Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, University of Alabama, Birmingham, University of Louisville, Kentucky, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and University of South Florida. The first place and second place winners were University of North Carolina (Charlotte) and University of South Florida, respectively.
More information about this competition and some photos are available at http://it.spsu.edu/CISE/events.shtml.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Information security and assurance is one of the fastest-growing areas in information technology and information management. It is the foundation of enterprise decision-making and reliable business processes. This program prepares students for a variety of positions such as information security officer, security manager, operational manager, systems and network manager, legal professional, risk manager, and information professional. Information security and assurance is especially important in banking and finance, public health, health care, and other highly-regulated industries. Those who complete the program successfully will be prepared in security awareness, incident response to system compromise, defense strategies, configuration management, and legal issues.
The Information Security and Assurance (ISA) Graduate Certificate Program is designed for IT professionals who have a bachelor's degree and have undertaken the Graduate Transition Certificate in Information Technology (or the equivalent through other coursework) to advance their knowledge in the field of information security and assurance.
Students graduating with this program will have a strong background in fundamental principles and applications of computer security and information assurance, as well as hands-on experience with security tools commonly used in industry.
Candidates must complete the three core courses in Information Security and Assurance and one elective course for a total of 12 credits.
|IT||6823||Information security concepts and Administration||3|
|IT||6843||Ethical Hacking: Network Security and Penetration Testing||3|
|IT||6863||Database Security and Auditing||3|
|Elective Courses (choose 1 from the following list)|
|IT||6973||Information Security Seminar||3|
Saturday, February 11, 2006
If you are a pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teacher, school counselor, or supervisor, or if you are just interested in pursuing a STEM education, this workshop will benefit you!
Visit the STEM Workshop page for more information or to register.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Wednesday January 11, 2006
To register, please send email to Dr. Andy Wang (email@example.com) with your team name and team members.
For more information about this competition, please visit http://it.spsu.edu/CISE/news.shtml.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
When: Tuesday November 8, 2005
Where: Cobb Galleria Center
What: Employers are looking to hire YOU!
Don't miss the opportunity to be employed! Please visit http://home.lagrange.edu/gcc for a list of registering employers.
Thursday, October27, 2005
A group of IT students visited PlayMotion!, a fast-growing IT company with a vision that "play is the poetry of the human being." Their interactive entertainment products were demonstrated and we are looking forward to a further collaboration between the Department of Information Technology and PlayMotion! next spring.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Tuesday October 11th, 2005, 5-6pm
Wednesday October 12th, 2005, noon - 1pm
Students are cordially invited to the Mid-Term Get-Together Student Reception on Tuesday October 11th, 5-6pm, and Wednesday October 12th, noon - 1pm, in the 2nd floor atrium area near J201 and J201L. Refreshments will be provided. These mid-term mix and mingle events are campus-wide events but organized by individual schools as an outreach to SPSU students. The BOR (USG Board of Regents) will be visiting the SPSU campus during these two days as well.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Information Security and Assurance Concentration
(Approved by IT faculty on September 20, 2005)
Students graduating with this concentration (track) will have a strong background in fundamental principles and applications of computer security and information assurance, as well as hands-on experience with security tools commonly used in industry.
In order to have an Information Security and Assurance concentration, students should choose 3 courses from the following courses:
Southern Polytechnic State University
Information Technology Degrees Department
1100 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30060
Department Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Marilee McClure email@example.com
Academic Advisor: Mrs. Beth Haynie firstname.lastname@example.org