Careers, Security Education

Minervaverse Launching Monday, October 4th

Minervaverse is a private Discord-server based social and professional club for women in cybersecurity who are affiliated with Bellevue University (students, alumni, faculty, staff).  Our name is from Minerva, the Roman Goddess of wisdom, strategic warfare, and technology. Our mascot is an owl and our motto is “Alis grave nil” – “Nothing is heavy with wings”. Discord is a free text, voice-, and video-enabled collaboration platform available for desktop (PC or Mac) or mobile.

Minervaverse activities will include guest speakers, networking, mentoring, resource sharing, and fun!  It’s intended to be a secure and welcoming place where everyone is free to be authentic and grow together. Women at all levels of cybersecurity experience and knowledge are encouraged to join.

We officially launch on Monday, October 4, 2021, as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Please contact Professor Karla Carter at kcarter@bellevue.edu if you wish to receive an invitation link to the server or have questions. You will need to register for a free Discord account, as well: Discord | Your Place to Talk and Hang Out 

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USSTRATCOM Opens PALACE Acquire Internship Program

Great opportunity for recent grads and graduating seniors (Dec 2021) to intern with United States Strategic Command in Omaha NE. Read below for job description and qualifications.


The U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) located at Offutt Air Force Base, NE is seeking recent college graduates (May/August 2021 graduates) and graduating seniors (December 2021 graduates) from accredited colleges or universities to be trained in STEM positions (math, operations, engineering, science) in the prestigious PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Internship Program, a post-grad internship program that essentially is a full-time job part of a 3-year program (full-time competitive salary and benefits, and the program would allow candidates to obtain a Master’s Degree paid for by the Government and an opportunity to enter federal service afterward as part of the team here at USSTRATCOM afterward). Candidates will learn from some of the very best, working shoulder to shoulder with Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) Managers who help connect resources to mission priorities and provide vital decision-making support to the Air Force and their mission in air, space, and cyberspace.

This is an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and apply innovative solutions on challenging and rewarding projects. As a PAQ intern, candidates will gain real-world experience. See attached Palace Acquire Intern Summary sheet for more information. Please feel free to share this with appropriate STEM related graduates and students that are actively searching for employment. 

QUALIFICATIONS & ELIGIBILITY: 

• U.S. citizenship required 

• Recent college graduates, graduating seniors, or those completing advanced degrees from an accredited college or university 

• BS in Operations Research, Math, Statistics, or other STEM-related fields 

• GPA 2.95 or above 

• Ability to obtain Security Clearance (funded by USAF) 

FULL-TIME PALACE ACQUIRE (PAQ) INTERN PROGRAM: 

• A formal 3 year training and career development track 

• Real-world projects and missions 

• Mentoring provided by Senior Operations Research Analysts 

• Opportunities to lead projects 

• Annual performance-based promotions 

• Placement into a permanent AFCS position as a professional-level Operations Research Analyst once the PAQ program is successfully completed 

A FULL-TIME OFFER INCLUDES FEDERAL BENEFITS AS WELL AS THESE INCENTIVES: 

• Recruitment Bonus for selected positions 

• Student Loan Repayment 

• Paid move to employment location (Offutt AFB, NE) 

• 100% Tuition Assistance toward a graduate degree while in the PAQ Program

Outside of this program for undergraduates, they are also targeting a graduate student in Math or Ops Research programs for a full-time position in a similar role. This individual would be able to enter directly into the Federal Workforce under the Department of the Air Force, with a starting salary in the high $90s, a top secret clearance, and opportunity for growth. This position is open now.

Both positions are in Omaha at Offutt Air Force Base. Since this is a unique civilian hire opportunity, candidates do not need to apply through the USAjobs.gov site and can apply directly via email with a cover letter and resume to this main point of contact:

Rachel A Long, GS-14, DAF

Deputy Chief, War Plan Evaluation Division

U.S. Strategic Command, J59

402-912-5654

rachel.a.long13.civ@mail.mil

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National Cyber League Fall Team Forming

Hey Cybersecurity Students – If you are interested in honing your cybersecurity skills in a competitive environment and adding some hands on experience to your resume this is for you!

Our nationally ranked BU National Cyber League is gearing up for our fall season and we are looking for players.  Team members have a great time putting their skills to the test in both the individual and team events such as cryptography, password cracking, traffic and log analysis, web application security, and others.  We start our league soon so we are forming our team now.  You can find out about the league here https://www.nationalcyberleague.org  We’ll have practice sessions and you will compete in a preseason, individual, and team games.  Our season is starting now and runs through November 7th.  If interested contact Prof Rausch (drausch@bellevue.edu) for more information.  The College of Science and Technology is covering the entry fees so your only investment is your time.  We have a limited number of spots so let us know your interest now.  

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Internships available through Handshake

Bellevue University has listings for a number of internships across the country using the Handshake systems.  There are currently 600 positions that have listed cybersecurity as a targeted major in the qualification area, so students to utilize the source.  There is more on Handshake here – https://www.bellevue.edu/student-support/career-services/job-postings

Students doing an internship may be able to receive elective credit for the position. Contact your advising coach for more information.

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NSA 2021 Codebreaker Challenge is live!

The team at the NSA has announced the 2021 Codebreaker Challenge is now live! To get started, head over to nsa-codebreaker.org/register and sign up with your school email.

In this year’s challenge, you’ll detect and respond to a compromise in a Defense Industrial Base company’s network. Each task in this year’s challenge will require a range of skills. Network forensics, reverse engineering with Ghidra, vulnerability analysis, and exploitation are all in scope. You will need to call upon all of your technical expertise, your intuition, and your common sense.

New this year, the competition is piloting a Discord channel, giving access to a Community of Practice to help you get started. They will also host two technical talks this fall, giving competitors a chance to hear from some of NSA’s experts. Stay tuned!

Careers, Security Education

College Day at 2021 RSA Conference

Thursday, May 20th is College Day at the 2021 RSA Conference.
When students register, they’ll receive an All Access Pass valid for Thursday, May 20 that gives them access to more than 50 sessions and keynotes plus two tailored experiences just for them.  We believe this includes entrance into the Professional Development & Personnel Management Presentations and Networking Lounge, which is being hosted by Bellevue University’s Professor Ron Woerner.

Learn more and register at https://www.rsaconference.com/usa/the-experience/special-programs/college-day.