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   AFRL Internships, Rome, New York (posted 2 November 2022)

Below is an opportunity for interns to go to Rome this summer (and hopefully work with my specific team!). The Griffiss Institue link is specific for Rome. Also, if there are any professors who want to take advantage of this opportunity, there is a program for them as well. Could you assist in forwarding to students/faculty who may be interested? Just have them put down my info (Dr. Nathan Daughety, AFRL/RIGA) under "Specific Source" when they apply!

Thanks, Nathan

From: DAUGHETY, NATHAN L DR-02 USAF AFMC AFRL/RIGA
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 12:57 PM
To: Daughety, Nathan (daughenl)
Subject: FW: Summer Opportunities for Students and Professors

The application link for the RI Intern Program is now live. Please feel free to share it with any and all college students. The first link is for AFRL/RI only, while the second link allows students to apply to other AFRL Directorates.

https://www.griffissinstitute.org/who-we-work-with/afrl/summer-internship
https://afresearchlab.com/careers-and-opportunities/students-and-faculty

Additionally, there are two summer faculty opportunities open:

http://afsffp.sysplus.com/
https://www.afrl.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Fact-Sheet-Display/Article/2332 471/afrlri-information-institute/

 
   DoD CySP Scholarships (posted 2 November 2022)

NCAE-C Institutions,

On behalf of the DoD CIO, please find the 2023 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Solicitation. The purpose of the scholarship program is to recruit and retain cyber talent in the Department of Defense. This program will provide full scholarships to support undergraduate and graduate students seeking degrees in cyber-related programs. NCAE-C who are awarded a grant will be required to establish and manage the program, including the disbursement of scholarship funds to students on their campus.

NCAE-Cs should carefully review the attached solicitation documents and are encouraged to attend the webinar on Friday 04 November 2022. This first webinar is open to all NCAE-Cs. The second is targeted to our Community College NCAE-Cs.

KEY DATES:
01 November 2022 - DoD CySP Application tool opens for new students (Attached DoD CySP Quick Start Guide PDF)
21 November 2022 - DoD CySP Application tool opens for Returning DoD CySP Scholars (FY22 Cohort - who applied through the tool)
TBD January 2023 - Training for the NCAE-C faculty portal
01 February 2023 - Application tool closes for new students
15 February 2023 - Application tool closes for returned DoD CySP Scholars (FY22 Cohort)
28 February 2023 - Student Recommendations and DoD CySP Grant Proposal due by 11:59 PM EST (submission instructions in the solicitation)
Early - April - Scholarship selections will be made
May-June - Begin grant processing

Designated NCAE-C institutions wishing to participate in the DoD CySP should submit the AVUE Whitelist sheet to AskCySP@nsa.gov. Please note that the student portal is different from the faculty portal. Faculty members should NOT create accounts under the student portal.

Any questions, please contact the DoD CySP Program Office at AskCySP@nsa.gov

w/r Alice

DoD CySP Program Director

WEBINARS:

Friday 04 November 2022: DoD CySP 2023 Kickoff 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://caecommunity.zoom.us/j/83556288604
Meeting ID: 835 5628 8604
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Meeting ID: 835 5628 8604
Find your local number: https://caecommunity.zoom.us/u/kbcQkT0wd

Friday 04 November 2022: DoD CySP 2023 Community College Only Focus 14:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://caecommunity.zoom.us/j/81225962543
Meeting ID: 812 2596 2543
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Meeting ID: 812 2596 2543
Find your local number: https://caecommunity.zoom.us/u/kbv713y3VB

               

           

       

   NSA Network Operations (posted 16 September 2022 - not HR people - real techs)

   

 
   NSA Info Session (posted 9 September 2022)

   

 
   Northrop Grumman Info Session (posted 9 September 2022)

   NCAE-C Competitions (posted 2 September 2022)

We (NSA) are excited to announce that, during the 2022-23 academic year, there will be several NCAE-C competitions available exclusively to the CAE community! Please read the attachments below for information on the NCAE Cyber Games, Hack the Building 2.0, and NCX! The NCAE-C Program Management Office would like to see different teams/students represented at each event. Students competing in NCX are not eligible to participate in the other two competitions.

Specific information on each event, including registration information will be communicated according to timelines in the attachments. Students must be US citizens in order to compete in these competitions. For specific questions concerning a competition, please use the POC provided in the attachments. General questions can be emailed to CAEPMO@nsa.gov

       
This is where you can practice and gain instruction from the Sandbox Tutorials and hopefully want to participate in the next round of competitions.

   
 
   NSA accepting applications for Cyber Operations Internships (posted 2 September 2022)
The job openings for the CAE-CO Summer Program are live today (see links below) and I (Jason Smith, NSA) would like to encourage interested students to apply. Make sure you mention interest in Cyber Ops in your resume. Since NSA does not have a specific opening for the Cyber Ops Summer Program, students can apply to any three of the openings below to be considered. Please keep in mind you will also be considered for other programs. The openings close on 31 October so your should apply sooner rather then later.

To be accepted into the NSA Summer Internship - candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be eligible to be granted a TS/SCI/TK security clearance after successfully completing a background investigation that includes passing a Full-Scope Polygraph and a Psychological Evaluation
  • Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college work completed
  • Be a currently enrolled college student (undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program) at time of application
  • Be available and in the U.S. for operational and technical interviews and other applicable processing, both in-person and via telephone/internet, between the months of November 2022 and March 2023.
***PLEASE NOTE: To be considered for our summer internships, your application package is not considered complete until the following items have been emailed to SummerInterns@uwe.nsa.gov in addition to your online application.
  • Official transcript (unofficial will be accepted if legible)
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members or supervisors who can speak directly to your educational background
  • PDF copy of your current resume
  • Cover Letter (Optional) listing your interest in NSAs summer internships
       
IC Candidate Portal:
Learn about, and apply to, federal government career opportunities and job openings in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

 
   Cyber Salon Series (posted 30 August 2022)

    

 
   Cybersecurity Guide (posted 23 August 2022)

I do not endorse the following content but it may be useful to some students so I am posting it. All text is from cybersecurityguide.org.

I am writing to let you know about the recent launch of Cybersecurityguide.org. We created the site to serve students interested in cybersecurity by delivering accurate, high quality information presented in a simple, clean format. We have quickly put together the most comprehensive resource available online and are working daily to add additional student resources. To support our mission we are working to get our free resources in front of as many students as possible. Here are some example resources on the site that your students might be interested in:

  • Cybersecurity Internship Guide - https://cybersecurityguide.org/programs/cybersecurity-certifications/
  • CEH Guide - https://cybersecurityguide.org/programs/cybersecurity-certifications/ceh/
  • Cybersecurity Scholarship Guide - https://cybersecurityguide.org/resources/scholarship-guide/
   International Cyber League: Collegiate Cup (CyberBit - posted 22 August 2022)

Cyberbit invites the University of Cincinnati, as a recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, to the first International Cyber League: Collegiate Cup coming this October.

The following is text supplied by Cyberbit:

ICL: Collegiate Cup will be the first tournament to validate cyber security students' performance in real-world cyber attack scenarios, mirroring the attacks they will be required to confront on the job. High performing teams will win valuable prizes that include MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and more. Based on current demand it is expected that this will be a massively popular event (and they want to make sure we do not miss it. thy say.)

If you do not know Cyberbit yet, we claim to be the leading provider of cyber range platforms for cyber security education and learning. Our customers include Purdue University, Miami Dade College, Carolina Cyber Center and UTSA to name a few. CAEs who register a team will benefit from increasing visibility for their cyber security program. Your students will benefit from the recognition and the opportunity to have fun, and win prizes.

We register one team of 4 from from your B.Sc., or Associate cyber security programs. We currently do not register Master's & PhD students, or faculty.

The tournament requires overall about 4 hours per student, and students can easily participate during or after their school hours.

To learn more and to register a team, we will need the four students representing your institution to register at this ICL page.

Feel free to forward the link to your students, or to anyone else in your institution who is involved with your cyber security program.


Sharon Rosenman | CMO, Cyberbit
Sharon.Rosenman@cyberbit.com
www.cyberbit.com
 
   DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP - re-posted 9 August 2022)

The Department of Defense (DoD) CySP Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

CySP Scholars will receive:

  • A full tuition scholarship while in school
  • An annual stipend
  • Summer research internships
  • A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility

Applicants must:

  • Be at a university designated by the NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber (UC is such).
  • Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines
  • Be willing to work where CySP administrators decide after graduation for as many years as you held the scholarship.
Contact professor Franco if you are interested - franco@gauss.ececs.uc.edu

Link: All you want to know about CySP including how to apply

Notes: There is a lot of information on the site above. You need to read it carefully and create an account to proceed with an application. Usual deadlines are in February.

 
   NSA coops and internships (re-posted 9 August 2022)
The NSA Student Intern/Co-op Application Window should officially open 1 September 2022 for the 2022 Summer/Fall season. It may close for some NSA programs by 15 October 2022.

From the UC Security Education Academic Liaison in 2020 but still applicable:

Good Afternoon Dr. Franco,

The year 2020 has been full of dynamic changes. I hope that you and your family are doing well and adapting to the "new normal". I'm reaching out to give you and your students a heads up on an Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair on [September 16, 2022 - see 2nd announcement down from this]. I usually get a much longer lead time on this type of event but with COVID there are a lot of people working modified schedules which can cause some messaging delays.

If any of your students would like to attend please have them register. There will be 18+ US Federal Agencies trying to recruit at the event.

From my Agency's point of view, we are very interested in recruitment and we will be aggressively hiring this year. Travel for me is restricted right now but I'm looking into ways to virtually meet with your students. I would also be interested to know if your school is planning in-person career fairs or virtual ones this year. In the meantime feel free to share these links with your students if they are seeking more information on Internships.

https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/nsastudents.html (click 'Internships')
https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NSA/nsastudentsportal.html

Deadline for 2022 NSA internship applications is October 15 [please check].

Let me know if you have any questions, want to chat or need any assistance.

Golar Newby
Operations Mission Manager
NSA Security Education Academic Liaison (SEAL)

 
   NSA Codebreaker Challenge (re-posted 9 August 2022)
Stand by for information on NSA's annual codebreaker challenge.

The website for the 2022 challenge is here:
https://nsa-codebreaker.org

UC students finished in 6th place out of a total of about 631 competing institutions last year. We hope to equal that result this year.

Brownies will be awarded to students who solve competition problems. Here is the table for mapping tasks solved to Brownies earned. Do not underestimate Brownies!! For some students they have been the difference between a B and an A.

 
   CAE Virtual Career Fair (re-posted 9 August 2022)

The 2022 National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the CAE in Cybersecurity Community, is right around the corner! Our career fair brings together students and alumni from over 300 institutions across the Nation designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity with employers offering internships, temporary, part-time, and full-time employment. This year, the National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair will take place on September 16th, 2022, from 9am to 1pm PDT.

Each year, the number of undergraduate and graduate students and alumni participating in this event continues to grow. Participants come from a variety of disciplines, including cybersecurity, security studies, computer science, engineering, math, physics, and project management. Students from CAEs in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) are invited to participate for FREE.

Students and alumni can submit resumes before the virtual career fair begins to allow employers to view resumes before the career fair. Students can participate in workshops leading up to the National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair to help them build their resume and interview skills.

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.caecommunity.org/news/2022-national-cybersecurity-virtual-career-fair-registration-now-open.


info@caecommunity.org
 
   DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP - posted 13 January 2021)

The Department of Defense (DoD) CySP Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

CySP Scholars will receive:

  • A full tuition scholarship while in school
  • An annual stipend
  • Summer research internships
  • A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility

Applicants must:

  • Be at a university designated by the NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber (UC is such).
  • Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines
  • Be willing to work where CySP administrators decide after graduation for as many years as you held the scholarship.
  • Use this form to complete a resume that will be submitted with your application.
Contact professor Franco if you are interested - franco@gauss.ececs.uc.edu

Links: Chief Information Officer, U.S. DoD ; CyCP website ; CySP digest of information

Deadline is February 16, 2021.

 
   CAE Virtual Career Fair (posted 18 August 2020)

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) Community Virtual Career Fair sponsored by National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the National Science Foundation, on September 4, 2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm PT.

The job fair will connect students from CAE-C designated institutions with employers looking to fill internships as well as part-time and full-time positions. Students and alumni from institutions designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), and Research (CAE-R) are invited to participate at NO COST.

Each student will be required to upload a resume along with his/her registration. Employers will have access to all student resumes submitted, which will enable him/her to review quality candidate profiles and student resumes before attending the Virtual Career Fair.

Click Here to register today!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact info@caecommunity.org.

 
   CAE Resume and Interview Workshop (posted 18 August 2020)
Help to prepare for the above Career Fair. To register for the Resume and Interview Workshop, visit
https://caecommunity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdO6trDguGdJxRoxIgw119XZUnBqP3mjf

 
   Careers in Cyber decoded (posted 12 August 2020)
The following link points to content that helps understand cyber career pathways:
https://niccs.us-cert.gov/workforce-development/cyber-career-pathways
 
   Latest news on NSA internships (posted 12 August 2020)
The NSA Student Intern Application Window will officially open (1 September 2020) for the 2020 Summer/Fall season. It will close for most NSA Internship programs by 15 October 2020.

From the UC Security Education Academic Liaison:

Good Afternoon Dr. Franco,

The year 2020 has been full of dynamic changes. I hope that you and your family are doing well and adapting to the "new normal". I'm reaching out to give you and your students a heads up on an Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair on August 13th. I usually get a much longer lead time on this type of event but with COVID there are a lot of people working modified schedules which can cause some messaging delays.

If any of your students would like to attend please have them register. There will be 18+ US Federal Agencies trying to recruit at the event.

From my Agency's point of view, we are very interested in recruitment and we will be aggressively hiring this year. Travel for me is restricted right now but I'm looking into ways to virtually meet with your students. I would also be interested to know if your school is planning in-person career fairs or virtual ones this year. In the meantime feel free to share these links with your students if they are seeking more information on Internships.

https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/nsastudents.html (click 'Internships')
https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NSA/nsastudentsportal.html

Deadline for 2020 NSA internship applications is October 15.

Let me know if you have any questions, want to chat or need any assistance.

Golar Newby
Operations Mission Manager
NSA Security Education Academic Liaison (SEAL)

 
   NSA Codebreaker Challenge (posted 12 August 2020)
Stand by for information on NSA's annual codebreaker challenge.

The website for the 2019 challenge is here:
https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net

Check the leaderboard to find that UC students finished in 7th place out of a total of 532 competing institutions. We hope to have an even better result this year.

Brownies will be awarded to students who solve competition problems.

 
   Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair (posted 12 August 2020)
The US Intelligence Community (USIC) needs science and technology. Business and mathematics. Foreign language and human resources. The USIC employs thousands of professionals in a wide variety of occupations and members are currently looking for qualified candidates to fill key openings.

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, you can meet recruiters from many of the 17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies (see below) during the 2020 Fall Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair. Reserve your spot today at
https://icvcf.6connex.com/event/ICVCF/fall2020-att/login

From the comfort of your computer or mobile device, you can:

Visit agency booths to explore available job opportunities
Chat with recruiters and subject matter experts
Learn about internships and other student opportunities

The USIC is ready to hire you! Here is a list.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis (DHS I&A)
Department of State (DOS)/Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Department of the Treasury
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
National Security Agency (NSA)
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Navy (Naval Intelligence)

 
   NSA CySP scholarship program (posted 15 January 2020, updated 12 August 2020)
The Department of Defense (DoD) CySP Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

CySP Scholars will receive:

  • A full tuition scholarship while in school
  • An annual stipend
  • Summer research internships
  • A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility

Applicants must:

  • Be at a university designated by the NSA as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber (UC is such).
  • Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines
  • Be willing to work where CySP administrators decide after graduation for as many years as you held the scholarship.

Links: CySP

Deadline is TBD.

 
   Annual East Central North American Regional Programming Contest (posted 23 August 2019)
Every year since 2000 UC has hosted, with one to three other schools, the annual ACM ECNA Regional Programming Contest. Some of the schools bringing teams to UC are Purdue, Ohio State, Ohio University, Wright State University, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University, Cedarville, University of Dayton, Indiana University. Other schools from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Canada will bring teams to other sites (4 in total for this year). UC typically has 3 to 5 teams. If you are interested in forming a team please let me know. Check http://gauss.ececs.uc.edu/Contests for previous contest final reports and sample problems. The contest this year will be the last week of October.
 
   Scholarship for Service (posted 19 August 2019)
Dear fellow ECE head of department,

Our university has received a NSF grant for graduate fellowships for cybersecurity research; namely,

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arkansas Security Research and Education (ASCENT) Institute, the UofA Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is now accepting applications from eligible undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of developing a superior cybersecurity workforce. This program provides generous scholarships ($25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students, plus up to $15,750 educational allowance per year). Each scholarship recipient will need to agree to work with the government post-graduation for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship. For more information and application submission, please visit https://ascent.uark.edu/sfs/. Applications received on or before September 15th will receive full evaluation.

Could you please advertise this program within your senior and master students?

I greatly appreciate your help in this matter.

Best regards,

Juan Carlos Balda
HoD and University Professor

For more information see http://gauss.ececs.uc.edu/Courses/c6055/extra/CyberCorps-ScholarshipForServiceFlyer.pdf

 
   NSA Security Education Academic Liaison visit (posted 14 August 2019)
A NSA SEAL will visit Oct. 16 and 17 to discuss careers and intern opportunities at the NSA as well as demonstrate a WWII actual German Enigma Encoding machine and speak about the Codebreaker Challenge. An itinerary will be developed at the start of the semester.
 
   NSA Codebreaker Challenge (posted 14 August 2019)
Stand by for information on NSA's annual codebreaker challenge.

The website for the 2018 challenge is here:
https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net

Check the leaderboard to find that UC students finished in 7th place out of a total of 377 competing institutions. We hope to have an even better result this year.

 
   DoD SMART Scholarships for Service (posted 13 Sep 2018)
The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

SMART Scholars will receive:

  • A full tuition scholarship while in school
  • An annual stipend
  • Summer research internships
  • A job after graduating in their STEM field at a cutting edge Department of Defense Facility

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States and 18 years of age or older
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 specified STEM disciplines

To get more information and apply visit: smartscholarship.org

Deadline is December 1, 2018.

 
   Latest news on NSA internships (posted 4 Sep 2018)
The NSA Student Intern Application Window has officially opened (1 September 2018) for the 2019 Summer season. It will close for most NSA Internship programs by 31 October 2018.

In addition to sharing the information with your Cyber Ops students please pass this email and attachments to your Human Resources (or Student Resources) program offices as well as share with your Cyber operations Faculty.

Warmest Regards, XXXXXX (NSA SEAL)

Notes:

  1. There are 30+ NSA Summer Intern Programs - students are permitted to apply for more than one NSA summer internship.

  2. Attached is the description for the CAE-CO Summer Intern Program, the one that is specifically tied to our CAE-CO program. This is a copy of information found online at: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html

  3. Attached, is an instruction document from the IC Jobs website that gives some helpful advice on how to complete the application process. https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NSA/Applying_Online_Doc.pdf

  4. For help with the Summer Intern Program, your students SHOULD NOT use the AskCAECyberOps alias - there is intern program contact information in the intern program descriptions.

  5. The "To Apply" instructions in the attached and on-line description for the CAE-Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program is a bit outdated. It should read as follows:

    When on the https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html web site:

    To submit a resume online during open season:

    • Press on the "Job Search/Apply" Tab at the top of the page.
    • Select "National Security Agency." Should be "Unified Job Application Portal"
    • To apply, click the arrow next to the words, "Ready to Apply?"
    • In the search box, type keywords "CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program"
    • Click on "Search" and select "CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program"
    • At the bottom of the description, Click "Apply" and follow the directions as prompted.
   Rockwell Automation Cybersecurity in Industry seminar (posted 31 Aug 2018)
Rockwell Automation is sponsoring a Cybersecurity seminar with the purpose of understanding how companies are approaching security in cyber space. The seminar will be on campus although a room has not yet been set as we are waiting to see how big a room we will need. The seminar lasts from 9AM to 3PM on September 20, right after the NSA visit. I believe lunch is provided. To register click this link:
    https://events.rockwellautomation.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x52726abcd
 
   ACM East Central North American Region Programming Contest (posted 26 Aug 2018)
Every year since 2000 the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (or one of its predecessors) has hosted a programming contest that is open to university teams from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. The competition runs over four sites, namely UC, Youngstown State, Grand Valley State (Mich) and University of Windsor (Canada), typically handling 120 teams, 35 of which are at UC. UC typically sends 4-5 teams to the competition. Last year a UC team scored highest at the UC site. That is no small feat considering the competition includes Purdue, OSU, Cedarville (won the contest two years ago), Indiana University, Ohio University, Miami, and others. Official languages are C, C++, and Java. No Python this year. Contest dates are Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10.

If you would like to form a team, register a team, or are looking to be on a team please let Noah Bass (bassnh@mail.uc.edu) know.

Bonus: should your team have one of the top three scores in the region your team will advance to the semi-finals. Winning the semi-finals will allow your team to advance to the world championships. All such trips will be paid for by UC. The 2018 world competition was in Beijing, China and the 2019 competition will likely be in some exotic location.

 
   NSA Summer Interns for CAE-Cyber Operations Universities (posted 15 Aug 2018)
Since UC is a CAE-Cyber Operations, the following opportunity is available to our students (also see: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html and notice that our NSA Security Education Academic Liaison will be visiting in mid September (see below) to discuss this with interested students):

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

The Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program (CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Intern Program) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real world mission-related technical challenges. Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

The goals of the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program are to:

 
  • Introduce our country's future leaders in cyber-related fields to the agency's mission and share the excitement of working on problems of national importance
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science and engineering play in enabling the agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges
  • Encourage undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students to continue cyber-related studies and careers; and
  • Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st each year.

Salary:
Interns are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

Benefits:

 
  • Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
  • Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

Qualifications:

 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
  • Must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining after the internship.
  • Must be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or a related discipline and have completed courses in C programming, assembly programming, networking and operating systems. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.

Selection priority will be given to students from designated CAE-Cyber Ops institutions in pursuit of the cyber operations specializations, but students working on computer science, electrical engineering or computer engineering programs from other institutions are also welcome to apply. The program is highly competitive, and is intended primarily for undergraduate students between their junior and senior years, but exceptional freshmen and sophomores also will be considered. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be considered too, but they must be enrolled in a graduate program for fall 2015. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual cyber-related competitions are also invited to apply.

See https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html to learn how to apply.

 
   NSA Security Education Academic Liaison visit (posted 15 August 2018)
A NSA SEAL will visit Sept. 18 and 19 to discuss careers and intern opportunities at the NSA as well as demonstrate a WWII actual German Enigma Encoding machine and speak about the Codebreaker Challenge. The schedule is no longer valid. Please drop by from 11:15 to 12:10 on the 19th in room TUC 427. Note that there are other places in the schedule that you may wish to take advantage of. Please let me know your preference and I will arrange it.
 
   NSA Codebreaker Challenge (posted 15 August 2018)
Stand by for information on NSA's annual codebreaker challenge.

The website for the 2017 challenge is here:
https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net

Note that 13 UC students managed to get to Task 4 in 2016 - behind only Georgia Tech, Dakota State, and UMBC. We hope to have an even better result this year.

 
   Caesar Creek Software Reverse Engineering Challenge (posted 11 Sep 2016)
See The Caesar Creek Software Reverse Engineering Challenge page for an example of a puzzle that commonly pops up in cutting edge tech companies. The puzzle is as follows. Given a binary (executable) file figure out how to turn it into something you can analyze with a tool like IDA or a debugger. Next figure out how to make the binary do something interesting. After that, set up the correct conditions to make the binary provide you with some text output. Brute force will probably work but shouldn't be necessary. The final output will tell you what to do next. You should be able to solve this puzzle with a copy of IDA (Free or Professional), a Linux VM, and maybe a little Python.

If you'd like to work at Caesar Creek Software and are a U.S. citizen, this is an excellent first step in helping us evaluate your talent. Good luck!

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