Online Safety Tips

Ron Woerner presenting three-part series

Cybersecurity Instructor Ron Woerner is presenting a three part on-line safety series, Protect Yourself and Your Family in this Crazy Online World. Co-sponsored by the Better Business Bureau and AARP Nebraska, Ron will have sessions on safe online communications (May 12th), cyber safety 101 (May 14th), and internet scans and frauds (May 19). Morning and evening sessions will be presented.

More information and register at AARP Nebraska, or BBB.

Research

Scott Christiansen describes how machine learning can be used to identify security bugs

Scott Christiansen, BU Cybersecurity Adjunct Faculty and Senior Security Program Manager at Microsoft co-authored a recent paper, Identifying Security Bug Reports Based Solely on Report Titles and Noisy Data, and featured blog post, Secure the software development lifecycle with machine learning, exploring methods to use machine learning to improve the identification and classification of security bugs. Discussed both on Venturebeat and The Verge these techniques are gaining the attention of software and service developers.

CTF

BU National Cyber League Team Completes Successful Season

Bellevue University fielded three student teams for the Spring 2020 National Cyber League (NCL) capture the flag competition which just completed this past weekend. Twenty-four undergraduate and graduate students in the cybersecurity program competed in challenges related to cryptography, password cracking, log analysis, wireless exploitation, scanning, enumeration, and other cybersecurity related areas. BU’s three teams, the Cyber Wolves, the CyBears, and the Keyloggers competed nationally in their bracket against 931 university and community college teams. Preliminary results (official results will be released later) show the top BU team was the Cyber Wolves placing 86th overall out of 931 teams and 12th in the Silver Bracket.

For the Fall 2019 NCL, BU Power Ranking was 42nd nationally, 12th in the Central Region, and 29th amongst DHS and NSA Centers of Academic Excellence. This ranking is a consolidated score from all BU student teams and considers team and individual performance.