A recent OpEd by Drs. Zahid Anwar and Jeremy Straub on a newly introduced federal ransomware bill was published in The Hill. The article suggests alternate techniques to combat the ransomeware threat. Read the article
NDSU is a recognized leader in the National Cyber League. The university took 13th place nationally, out of hundreds of participating U.S. colleges and universities, in the spring 2021 NCL Cyber Power Rankings.
This semester, NDSU will field over 40 participants – more than double the university’s highest level of participation in previous semesters. With this participation level, NDSU will be one of the largest, if not the largest, participating institutions in the Midwest, based on schools’ historical participation levels. Read More
A recent OpEd by Drs. Zahid Anwar and Jeremy Straub on techniques for securing Afghans' personal data, which was exposed in a database left behind during the U.S. withdrawal, was published in The Hill. The article suggests that rewards programs for its recovery or destruction or targeted malware might be used to mitigate the threat. Read the article.
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certificaiton will be required for many firms who do business, directly or indirectly, with the U.S. Government. The NDSU Cyber Security Institute worked with Impact Dakota to host a workshop for local manufacturers on how to get up to speed on this new requirement on September 14th, 2021. Support for the event was provided by a UND Center for Innovation OLDDC-OEA grant. More details.
NDSU is part of "a consortium of twelve National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) from seven northwest states" working to enhance cybersecurity education. City University of Seattle was the lead institution on a $700,000 grant, which NDSU is a sub-awardee on, which will fund training for high school teachers and other activities in 2021. NDSU is working with North Dakota EduTech on this program. More details.
NDSU Cyber Security Institute director Dr. Jeremy Straub aided in the development of AIAA's Hack-a-Sat event at the Aerospace Village at DefCon 29 in Las Vegas Nevada. More details.
The NDSU computer science department is slated to host BisonCyber, a two-day, on-campus summer camp for high school students in grades 9-12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on July 27-28. Topics of the free camp include programming, networking, cybersecurity and robotics. Read more.
Institute director Dr. Jeremy Straub was featured in a 3D Printing Industry article regarding cybersecurity considerations for 3D printing. The article featured his work on visible light sensing-based 3D printing quality assurance and its utility for securing printing output and the printing process. Read the article.
NDSU has taken top spots, nationally, in National Cyber League (NCL) team and individual competitions. The NDSU team took 19 place, nation-wide, out of hundreds of teams participating. NDSU Computer Science undergraduate Jack Hance took 14th place, nationally, out of thousands of participating students.
Institute director Dr. Jeremy Straub was featured on Prairie Public Radio's Main Street program. He discussed the recent large cybersecurity attack that has been widely attributed to Russia and cybersecurity in North Dakota. Listen to the interview.
Computer Science Asst. Prof. Pratap Kotala was interviewed by Joel Heitkamp on "Down the Road with Joel" about the recent cyberattack on U.S. federal government agencies. Watch the interview.
WDAY interviewed NDSU Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub to provide North Dakotans with advice on how to properly secure their computers and network connections for participation in distance education courses. Read more.
NDSU has again taken top spots in the National Cyber League competition. The NDSU team took 50th place, out of hundreds of teams participating nationally. NDSU Computer Science undergraduate Jack Hance came in 13th place in the individual competition, out of thousands of participating students.
The NDSU Cyber Security Institute was one of five organizations that contributed to the AIAA ASCEND CubeSat Cybersecurity Challenge at the AIAA Ascend Conference. Cyber Security Institute director Dr. Jeremy Straub collaborated with staff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and sci_Zone to develop the challenge. More details.
NDSU computer science assistant professor and Challey Institute faculty fellow Jeremy Straub was featured on NBC’s National NBCLX news program Sept 18. Straub was interviewed about the impact and security considerations of the pending federal ban on TikTok and WeChat. Read more.
NDSU Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub was interviewed by WDAY regarding the use of "mysterious seed packages" shipped to individuals' households and what the shippers hope to gain from them. Straub discussed how online sellers sometimes place fake orders for small items to increase their seller ratings to entice buyers to order larger things. Watch the interview.
A recent article on Digital Enginering 247 discusses the risks posed by cybersecurity breaches of 3D printing systems. The article features 3D printing cyberassurance work by Dr. Jeremy Straub. Read more.
Dr. Jeremy Straub was featured on WDAY to discuss the cybersecurity implications of the proposed TikTok ban. Watch the interview.
NDSU students took top spots nationally at in the National Cyber League competition. NDSU's National Cyber League team came in 46th place, out of hundreds of teams competing, in the Spring 2020 NCL competition. Computer Science undergraduate Jack Hance took 16th place, nationally, out of thousands of competing students.
WDAY's Nick Broadway interviewed NDSU Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub regarding how videoconferencing can be protected from 'Zoom bombers' for the WDAY News. Watch the interview.
NDSU has been recognized for the excellence of its cybersecurity programs, in several areas. NDSU received the top award for North American cybersecurity education in the large organization category. Several efforts at NDSU and individuals associated with NDSU also were recognized.
Over the course of the last year, NDSU has been a worldwide leader in cybersecurity education. The university has been recognized as a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. NDSU also has expanded its cybersecurity course offerings, run a summer camp for high school students with a cybersecurity interest, taken top spots at multiple cybersecurity competitions, sponsored multiple college student-focused events and been recognized for cybersecurity education innovations. Read more.
A team of NDSU students took seventh place, out of nearly 800 registered teams, in the Network Traffic Analysis portion of the National Cyber League Team Competition. The team took 14th place in Enumeration and Exploitation, 25th place in Log Analysis and 28th place overall. The team scored the maximum number of possible points in the Open Source Intelligence, Log Analysis, Network Traffic Analysis and Enumeration and Exploitation sections. Read more.
NDSU was prominently featured in a feature story in the Fargo Forum regarding how businesses and individuals can be secure. The article, titled "Cybersecurity 'has to be in your DNA' to fend off hacking threats," was written by Helmut Schmidt. Read the article.
Three teams of NDSU students participated in the first Hivestorm cybersecurity competition. The new competition pits student teams against each other to secure Linux and Windows servers during a four-hour competition window. Each team is given servers that have misconfigurations and other issues that they must identify and remediate to secure them. This is a typical scenario for many information technology positions. Read more.
Regional cybersecurity professionals participated in a speaker series, hosted by the NDSU Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research, for Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Nov. 11-16. Cybersecurity career awareness week was proclaimed by Gov. Doug Burgum in North Dakota, and is sponsored nationally by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Read more.
NDSU computer science junior Jack Hance took 42nd place out of more than 5,000 students nationwide in the Fall 2019 National Cyber League competition. In addition to his overall top 50 place, Hance took 30th place in Wireless Access Exploitation and 51st place in Web Application Exploitation. Hance was one of 10 NDSU students who competed. Read more.
NDSU students traveled to Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, to compete in the Collegiate Pentesting Competition. The competition puts students in the role of professional penetration testers – individuals that test computer systems and networks to find and fix problems before nefarious individuals hack the system. They compete with other teams to find and document issues with a simulated network in just the way professional penetration testers would in the real-world. Read more.
A cybersecurity researcher from the U.S. National Security Agency recently visited campus to present on Integrated adaptive cyber defense to NDSU students, faculty and staff. Others from the region – including other colleges, universities and area businesses – also were invited and attended the presentation.
Integrated adaptive cyber defense techniques seek to automate the cyberattack response process by preparing components of the network and systems to identify and take protective action with humans acting as approvers, as opposed to responders. The proposed technique is a collaboration between the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. A representative from John Hopkins also attended and presented on the topic. Read more.
NDSU Department of Computer Science faculty members are part of a group that received the Roaming Bison Award from North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. They are members of the ND K-20W Initiative Team, which has worked to create educational opportunities for students at all levels in the areas of computing and cybersecurity.
Kendall E. Nygard, Pratap Kotala, Brian Slator and Jeremy Straub worked with partners from more than 40 other agencies and private sector firms as part of the initiative. According to the award citation, the effort developed a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive cyber education strategy for North Dakotans from kindergarten through doctorate and into the workforce. The group’s work established North Dakota as a national leader in cyber education. Read more.
For the second summer in a row, students from across the country have come to NDSU to participate in a 10-week intensive Research Experience for Undergraduates program where they learn how to research and develop software for attacking, defending and detecting attacks against cyber-physical systems like robots and industrial controllers for water and power. Read more.
NDSU held its second GenCyber camp. This camp was North Dakota's first residential GenCyber camp and brought students from across North Dakota and Minnesota to the NDSU campus to learn about cybersecurity and computing. Read more.
For the second year in a row, a group of NDSU students attended the DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. The experience provides an opportunity for students to learn about all types of cybersecurity from world leaders.
The students who attended will bring will back information and share it with other NDSU students through activities of the Cybersecurity Student Organization. Some DefCon activities may be included in next summer’s GenCyber camp for high school students or, perhaps, undergraduate courses at NDSU. More details.
A four-person team from NDSU has taken second place in the National Cyber Cup student cybersecurity competition. The competition, held as part of the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama, brought together student competitors from across the nation.
NDSU’s team included computer science sophomore and team captain Jack Hance, senior Bryant Lennick, graduate student Pann Ajjimaporn and Pranay Marella from Mississippi State University, who is conducting undergraduate research at NDSU this summer. Read more.
NDSU has been recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. The award was presented April 24 during the 2019 CAE Executive Leadership Forum in Pensacola, Florida. Read more.
As part of its support for the North Dakota-wide K-20W effort, the North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science announced today that it will have students participate in the Cyber Fast Track program. The K-20W initiative is a collaborative effort with more than 40 public and private sector partners who are advancing statewide efforts to provide computer science and cybersecurity training and resources to North Dakota’s educators and students ranging from kindergarten through Ph.D. students and into the workforce. The Cyber Fast Track program allows students to assess and demonstrate their skills to succeed in cybersecurity careers through a specialized online assessment tool and game.
NDSU students demonstrated they are ready to become the next generation of cyber security personnel, when they won four top 10 finishes during the National Cyber League’s Fall 2018 team competition and 19th place overall, out of more than 350 teams. Read more.
The NDSU Department of Computer Science and Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research have been recognized as an authorized center for the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy program. The recognition gives NDSU students enrolled in cybersecurity courses access to Palo Alto Networks resources, including curriculum and virtual firewalls, for educational activities. Read more.
NDSU held a small career fair for students interested in cybersecurity. Seven companies came to NDSU to recruit students for jobs. Participants included Western Bank, Discovery Benefits and the US Army. Read more.
WDAY News featured a group of NDSU students who are working on voting security and asked them how secure voting systems are. Watch the interview.
WDAY interviewed Computer Science Department Chair Kendall E. Nygard and undergraduate student Kelvin Boatey regarding cybersecurity education at NDSU. The segment discussed the ongoing need for cybersecurity professionals, given the magnitude of recent attacks and stated that "NDSU has quite the pool to pull from, and Bison computer science students more than prepared to answer the call."
Watch the interview here.
The Cybersecurity Student Organization and the computer science department’s cybersecurity competition teams are examples of student groups that help enhance the overall campus experience, while providing valuable skills for the job market and networking opportunities.
The cybersecurity teams, made up of computer science and computer engineering students, compete in the National Cyber League, National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, MITRE competition and regional challenges. NDSU students working individually and as teams are able to experience cybersecurity attack and defense issues in real-world scenarios while competing against some of the top universities in the country. Read more.
NDSU student Nicholas Snell was featured in the West Fargo Pioneer in an article that focused on his participation as part of NDSU's research experience for undergraduates program. His work focused on detecting fake news content. Read more.
NDSU finished fifth at the national MITRE STEM “capture the flag” cybersecurity competition recently held online. They beat about 300 college teams nationwide during the 24-hour long competition. Read more.
NDSU Computer Science freshman Michael Gibbons and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by WDAY to give advise to the public regarding an ongoing Facebook scam. Check out the news story here.
Regional cybersecurity leaders participated in the NDSU Institute for Cybersecurity Education and Research’s speaker series Nov. 13-18. Speaker presentations throughout the week highlighted National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.
Kendall Nygard, professor of computer science at and institute director, kicked off the series on Monday with a discussion of academic careers and educational opportunities. NDSU’s chief information security officer Enrique Garcia talked on Tuesday about careers in information technology and how to prepare for them.
Tim Jensen, senior penetration tester with AppSec Consulting, on Wednesday discussed careers in security consulting. He gave students a firsthand perspective on working in an area that is constantly changing to find and respond to security vulnerabilities. On Thursday, Jerry Wynne, vice president of security and chief information security officer at the Noridian Mutual Insurance Co., provided a management perspective, discussed responding to incidents like the Fargo flood and explained how to get jobs in the field.
Marine Corps Maj. Terry Traylor, who has worked in electronic warfare, finished the series on Friday with a presentation about U.S. military and intelligence agency careers in cyber intelligence and security.
Most of the presentations were recorded and are available for viewing online.
NDSU students Chengyao Tang and Isaac Burton and Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by reporter Kristi Larson in a report airing on Valley News Live's morning program. The report focused on cybersecurity. Burton and Tang, who recently placed among the top 15% of students nationwide in the National Cyber League competition, discussed what they had learned as part of preparing for the NCL competition. View the report here.
Institute Associate Director and Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub recently presented at the Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium in Novi, Michigan. He presented a presentation entitled "Cybersecurity for autonomous vehicles: problems and solutions".
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"Cyberopportunity: That’s how to think of cybersecurity ..." is the apt title of a recent article in Prairie Business Magazine that featured the NDSU Computer Science Department and the Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research. The article discusses the demand for employees with cybersecurity skills and educational opportunities at NDSU (and other institutions) to allow students to learn these skills. Read the article here.
That National Cyber League team, team member Isaac Burton and team mentor and Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were featured in the Lake County News Chronicle today. The article discusses NCL, the benefits of participation and why Isaac decided to participate in the team.
Check out the article, here.
NDSU undergraduate students Kelvin Boatey and Isaac Burton and Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by Valley News Live about NDSU's new National Cyber League team on the September 22nd newscasts at 9:00 (WB affiliate KXJB) and 10:00 PM (NBC affiliate KVLY and CBS affiliate KXJB). The group discussed the educational value and benefits of participation. View it online here.
NDSU will participate in the National Cyber League (NCL), for the first time, this Fall. A recent article in popular cybersecurity website Tech Shield features the team, including NDSU undergraduate students Everett Kuntz, Kelvin Boatey, Andrew Wickoren, Isaac Burton, Michael Gibbons, Steven Karschnia and Zach Kunz. Participation in NCL is not only an exciting extracurricular activity, it also allows students to demonstrate their cybersecurity skills to potential employers. Read the article here.
Computer Science Department Chair and NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research Director Kendall E. Nygard was recently interviewed on KFGO's It Takes 2 with Jack & Amy. The interview covered the institute, new programs and plans for the future. Listen to the interview here.
A recent report highlights the importance of cyber security education and provides some tips to job seekers. It predicts that there will be 3,500,000 open cyber security jobs by 2021. In this same year, losses from cyber crime are expected to be $6 trillion. Currently the cyber security employment rate is 0%. According to Morgan, “colleges and universities are not turning out enough cybersecurity graduates to make a dent in the current openings for information security analysts and other entry-level jobs” in the field. NDSU's Computer Science Department and the Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research offer courses on cyber security topics as part of bachelor’s, master's, Ph.D. and certificate programs that are relevant to cyber security.
When WDAY wanted expert input on the Equifax hack for their nightly newscast, they came to the NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research. Institute Assoc. Dir. and Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub was interviewed by WDAY reporter Ty Filley for a segment that aired on the September 8th 10 PM newscast. Watch the segment online, here.
Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research Associate Director Jeremy Straub was recently interviewed in Epoca, a popular Brazilian tech media magazine. Reporter Paula Soprana asked Straub about current cybersecurity challenges as well as discussing future threats. You can read the article online here.
NDSU Computer Science Asst. Professor and Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research Assoc. Director Jeremy Straub was recently quoted in an article on the popular Futurism website about the advent of autonomous cyber attacks. Read the article, entitled "Experts Warn That AI-Enhanced Cyberattacks Are An Imminent Threat" at Futurism.com.
The NDSU Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research is touring North Dakota to help everyone learn about the need for cyber security for personal, business and other purposes. The first stop of this tour was the Leach Public Library in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Participants learned about how they can secure their personal information and got to see one of NDSU's self-driving car data collection vehicles, a computer server and robots. The tour will continue in other cities around North Dakota.
Dr. Kendall E. Nygard is serving as Co-Editor of a special issue of The International Journal of Computers and Their Applications with co-editors Drs. Eugénio C. Oliveira of the University of Porto in Portugal and Maximilian M. Etschmaier of San Diego State University. The theme of the special issue concerns the relationships between humans and autonomous or semi-autonomous systems. Given the rise of artificial intelligence, and deep learning in particular, the argument for systems to carry out autonomous actions with little or no human involvement becomes more compelling. The ethical, social, and legal issues that arise involve the concept of system trust, which is intertwined with cybersecurity. The special issue of the Journal will be available in December of 2017.
Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford visited the NDSU Computer Science Department today. He met with professor and department chair Kendall Nygard, who provided an overview about ongoing department initiatives in cyber security and unmanned aerial systems. Nygard also provided Sanford with information about the strong job market for Computer Science graduates in North Dakota and beyond. Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub also briefly described ongoing research efforts in autonomous vehicles, robotics and spacecraft development.
Two of Asst. Professor Jeremy Straub’s recent cybersecurity publications at the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing conference were the topic of a feature article on industry news website 3D Printing Industry. The website is known as “the authority on 3D printing” and publishes “the most widely read newsletter in the 3D printing industry” (the article discussing Straub’s work was also featured in this newsletter). The work that was highlighted discusses techniques aimed at preventing and detecting cyber-attacks that could cause object defects and other issues. Read the article at: 3dprintingindustry.com/news/additive-manufacturing-cybersecurity-how-to-protect-3d-printers-from-cyber-attack-116677/
When reading what Maj. Gen. Richard Nash and Minnesota Chief Information Officer Thomas Baden are working on to address cybersecurity issues in Minnesota (Inforum May 7), we were inspired to share some of the cybersecurity efforts at North Dakota State University and across the North Dakota University System.
As some readers may know, NDSU Computer Science Professor Kendall Nygard was tasked by Chancellor Mark Hagerott to lead cybersecurity efforts across the North Dakota University System. We are extremely proud of the efforts that we have undertaken and the milestones achieved thus far.
Read full article here: http://www.inforum.com/opinion/columnists/4272401-column-ndsu-poised-become-leader-cybersecurity
A group of North Dakota State University students is developing software to ensure that when self-driving cars tool down our roads, they will be safe from cyberattacks.“You really want to make sure that how you protect this is thought of very early in the game,” said Jerry Straub, an assistant professor of computer science who is guiding the effort.“This is the type of technology where you don’t want to wait for the attacker” to make his attack, he said.Some people might see hacking the operating system of a vehicle or transportation system as a thrill or a symbol of prestige, with deadly consequences.“If a car is hacked, you might have someone seriously injured or dying within minutes,” Straub said.The push for autonomous vehicles is accelerating and the U.S. is expected to be a huge market, though there is much work and coordination to be done by automakers, governments and other firms.Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, has said fully autonomous Teslas could be ready by 2018 and gain government approval by 2021.Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota, Honda, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and other automakers are working on self-driving vehicles. Google is also developing autonomous vehicles.Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said on Twitter he expects his firm’s fleet to be fully autonomous by 2030.
John McMillan, a sophomore from Vadnais Heights, Minn., is one of a handful of students on the NDSU software design team. Each student works on a different aspect of cybersecurity, including management of vehicles if there is an accident; identifying and dealing with emergency vehicles; control among vanets (groups of vehicles) and identifying attacks; security systems for individual cars; and security for roadside units or towers that coordinate the transit system.
The challenge is magnified by the fact that there are no fixed systems in place. But that is also the allure, McMillan said.“To really be the first people to research into this was super appealing,” he said. “We’re defining this as we go and defining questions no one has looked at yet.”Straub said the initiative has not required a lot of money, so it has been funded by NDSU. But as self-driving car coordination evolves, Straub hopes NDSU is positioned to receive federal funds for advanced research and real-world testing.Freshman Abdullah Almosalami, is working on protecting vehicles when they are not connected to a network,.Efficient traffic management, highway control and preventing accidents “require security for networks,” he said. “That’s something that definitely needs to be resolved, and hopefully, by us.”Almosalami said he wants to see a future with self-driving cars.“I want to see a future that’s smarter. ... Humans can make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes are real costly,” he said. “But If we have a machine that doesn’t make mistakes and handles things in a better way, we have a better world. The goal is progress.”IHS Automotive estimates that nearly 76 million vehicles with some level of autonomy will be sold globally by 2035, with sales of 21 million autonomous vehicles in 2035 alone.The students use computer simulations and model vehicles for testing. Over the next six or seven weeks, they’ll work to flush out problems in their system, McMillan said.
“We’re just plugging and chugging and figuring things out as we go,” he said.