WDAY Interviews Kendall E. Nygard, Kelvin Boatey

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.

Student Interviewed by WDAY Regarding Cybersecurity

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.

Cybersecurity institute hosts week of speakers

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.

Valley News Live focuses on cybersecurity

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.

Assoc. Director presents at Automotive Conference

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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Institute Featured in Prairie Business Magazine Article

"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.

National Cyber League Member Featured in Newspaper

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.

National Cyber League Team Featured on Valley News Live

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.

Tech Shield Features NDSU National Cyber League Cyber "Warriors"

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.

Kendall E. Nygard Interviewed on KFGO

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.

Cyber Security Employees in Demand

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.

Assoc. Director Interviewed About Equifax Hack

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.

Assoc. Director Interviewed in Brazilian Tech Magazine

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

Institute Assoc. Director Quoted in Futurism Article

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

NDSU Cyber Security Tour 'Kicks Off' at Leach Public Library

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. 

Kendall E. Nygard serves as Co-Editor of Journal Special Issue

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.

North Dakota Lt. Governor, Brent Sanford, visits NDSU Computer Science

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.

Cybersecurity publications featured in 3D Printing Industry

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:

NDSU poised to become leader in cybersecurity

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.

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NDSU team works to create cybersecurity systems for self-driving cars

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.

This article was originally published in the Bismarck Tribune on March 25, 2017.

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