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.

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Special topics course offers students opportunity to solve national defense problems

Bellevue University will offer SYS699, Hacking for Defense, during Spring Term 2020. This course is a cross discipline open to all graduate students nearing the end of their program. Students will receive real-world problems from US Govt agencies looking for innovative solutions.

Interested students should contact their advising coach or program director. The Bellevue Leader recently published an article with interviews with several of the faculty involved with the course.


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Doug Rausch Named College Tech Educator of the Year

[Article courtesy of the BUZZ, Cris Hay-Merchant]

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Doug Rausch, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education at Bellevue University, was named College Tech Educator of the Year at the 2019 Tech Celebration by the non-profit AIM Institute. The announcement was made Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, during AIM’s annual celebration celebrating outstanding tech talent in the community.

Rausch, who also serves as Program Director for Bellevue University’s undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity programs, has more than 30 years of experience providing communication systems and cybersecurity expertise in both the defense and commercial sectors. Rausch retired in 2013 as a Colonel and cyber operations officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he held key leadership positions with Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command.

“Doug Rausch brings cybersecurity education to life for students,” said Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University. “His ability to connect with students at every level and to seek out challenging and exciting opportunities for applied learning has helped hundreds of students find paths forward to successful careers.”

The AIM Institute College Educator Award recognizes a post-secondary educator who helps develop and build the future generation of tech talent and is an outstanding technology educator or administrator, a dynamic colleague and a caring mentor to students.

Rausch joined Bellevue University in 2014 and was named the Maenner Endowed Chair in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Technology. Under his leadership, the University’s cybersecurity program has more than doubled in enrollment to 700+ students. Rausch played an instrumental role in the development and design of the C&A Industries Intelligence Systems Lab on the University’s main campus in Bellevue. The lab brings together cybersecurity, data sciences and Systems Network Administration (SNAP) education programs.


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Strange Course Title?

Remember in the not too distant past having to explain what cybersecurity was to family, friends, and co-workers? With all the news of breaches that doesn’t seem to be much of a problem any longer however some of our course titles still give people pause. The Bellevue Leader recently did an article on a few courses that made them think twice – our Ethical Hacking course included.

Bellevue Leader – Strange Courses a Vital Part to BU Education

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Fall Season of National Cyber League – Teams Forming

Our BU National Cyber League is heading into its second year 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.  We start our Fall league in mid-October so we are forming our team now.  

If interested contact Prof Rausch (drausch@bellevue.edu). 

More information on the National Cyber League can be found here:  https://www.nationalcyberleague.org/fall-season.