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.

Careers

NSA hiring for cybersecurity positions

Students – NSA is hiring for cybersecurity positions, lots of info below.

NSA Cybersecurity is changing the cybersecurity game. Our directorate is charged with preventing and eradicating cyberthreats to National Security Systems, the Department of Defense, the Defense Industrial Base, weapons systems, and more.

You have the opportunity to be a part of this diverse team of problem solvers. We collaborate across industry and government in classified and unclassified spaces, working at cyberspeed to secure our Nation.

Learn more about us, watch this short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saRvhzZRgyc

If you enjoy creatively solving hard cyber problems, NSA Cybersecurity is the place for you. Check out our job openings:
• Cyber Mitigations Engineer/System Vulnerability Analyst (Cybersecurity Mission) – Entry to Experienced Level – https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1160093
• Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (Cybersecurity Mission) – Entry to Experienced Level – https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1155796
• Computer Network Analyst (Cybersecurity Mission) – Entry to Experienced Level – https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1160041
• Information System Security Professional (Cybersecurity Mission) – Entry to Experienced Level – https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1160096
• Systems Engineer (Cybersecurity Mission) – Entry/Experienced – https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-description/1160076

When applying remember to include relevant coursework, projects, clubs and any tools and languages learned in your STEM studies.

Careers

Professor Karla Carter Participates in Congressional Visits Day

Professor Karla Carter had a great opportunity to participate in this year’s virtual Congressional Visits Day through an opportunity put together by IEEE-USA, https://insight.ieeeusa.org/articles/ieee-usa-opens-2021-cvvd/ . When asked about the opportunity Professor Carter really stressed the need of building career opportunities for STEM graduates.

I’m excited that IEEE-USA put together this opportunity for STEM-interested voters to meet with our congressional representatives to discuss how STEM legislation affects our local area and state. While I am meeting as an individual citizen, my membership as one of 516 in the Nebraska section of IEEE and my position as a cybersecurity professor at Bellevue University add dimension to the conversation. As the workplace requires more technical knowledge it’s important to have STEM graduates who have a wide range of career opportunities available to them locally so they may contribute to our society and economy – and keep Nebraska strong. Cybersecurity, especially, is something that touches upon all areas of life, public and private, so legislation that promotes investment in cybersecurity infrastructure and defenses at all levels is essential.

Ethics

Student Guest Post: Ysa Love-Rowland

As cybersecurity professionals we are placed in a position of trust in the organizations we work for. We may hold elevated credentials, or even know all the vulnerabilities of the systems we protect. As such, ethics is an important topic. Ysa brings another aspect of our ethical behavior that is just as important.


As a nation, we need to take a pause and LISTEN. I mean REALLY listen to the people who are crying out to have their rights as citizens restored. We must pause and reflect on ways to remedy this situation; how do we ensure that we live by the words of the Founding Fathers and treat all men equally? As IT professionals, we must take the ethical route, we must be professionals and good ambassadors to our profession, and we must ensure that these wrongs are righted.  Remember, every waterfall started as a trickle and grew to a roar, the same goes for impacting change. You CAN make a difference.

All you have to do is start by listening.

https://www.blufitblog.com/post/13-an-apology-a-pause-a-word-and-a-cause

Security Assessments

Student Guest Post – Ysa Love Rowland

Another timely post from one of our cybersecurity students


Some new and exciting things are coming to the world of hackers, and one of them is a bug bounty offered by Microsoft.   Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of their new compact and custom version of Linux OS.   You won’t know your own limits unless you push them, so if you think you have what it takes, check out the information below.  

https://www.blufitblog.com/post/9-2-100-000-bug-bounty-up-for-grabs-this-summer

Security Assessments

BU Participates in Hack-a-Sat CTF

Expanding on the activities of our National Cyber League team three BU students and two faculty members joined forces with a Colorado based space technology company to compete in the Department of Defense sponsored DEFCON Hack-a-Sat capture the flag (CTF) competition. Over the course of the Memorial Day weekend players were presented with multiple challenges centered around exploiting the various technologies utilized in communicating with and securing satellite ground stations, communication links, and on orbit satellites. All entities were simulated but the technology was real. The purpose of the competition was to select ten teams to move on to the finals at virtual DEFCON where players would be exposed to more virtual and some live entities to discover security flaws for the DoD. The ultimate bug bounty program! BU’s team did not make it to the final 10 but did place 68th out of 1,268 teams.

Online Safety Tips

Student Guest Post – Ysa Love-Rowland

From time to time we highlight student blog posts centered around a variety of cybersecurity topics. Today we welcome a new contributor, Ysa Love-Rowland.


Sextortion, Bitcoin and Fraud

Sounds like a new age version of ‘Sex, Lies and Videotapes’ except this isn’t a movie.  This is real life.  I should know; I am one of the people they tried to target.  Click on the link below to read more about the new sextortion scam that is going around and what YOU can do if you are targeted as well.

https://www.blufitblog.com/post/10-2-sextortion-the-scammers-are-at-it-again

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.