Kelsey

Kelsey

The 7th Annual TU Showcase was held last Wednesday, April 16th and it was another resounding success! A great crowd gathered to learn more about how Towson University is supporting Maryland’s businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. Attendees had the opportunity to network with 19 exhibitors who presented on a wide variety of topics including:

  • Entrepreneurship at TU
  • Microfinance in Developing Countries
  • Cybersecurity Programs
  • Continuing Education
  • And more!

Be sure to check out photos from the event to see networking in action.

 

Will Anderson, Baltimore County’s new Director of Economic & Workforce Development, also spoke about how TU and Baltimore County are working together to meet the needs of the region’s economy. He discussed the many opportunities that TU and Baltimore County have to collaborate, including on entrepreneurship and continuing education initiatives. You can view his speech in full below.

 

 

We hope you’ll join us again next spring for the 8th Annual TU Showcase!


Matt

October is a special month! Not only is it Halloween month but it it also National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Recognizing the importance of cyber security, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

Cyber Security Tips

This month would be a good time to give your home computer a check- up to make sure that is patched and up to date with virus protection and anti-malware software.  To run Windows Update, follow the instructions here.

Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cyber security during NCSAM and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.  (See my previous blog post)
  • Secure your wireless network at home
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates and running up to date anti-virus software
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Cyber Security @ Towson University

Towson University is a cyber security leader! Towson University’s School of Emerging Technologies and Department of Computer and Information Sciences offer a range of programs in IT and information security. Learn more about our programs and people in this video!

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Happy and Safe Computing!


Kelsey

Cyber attacks continue to be a serious and growing threat to our nation’s governments and businesses. In turn, it has become a growing workforce need, especially in the Maryland-D.C. region.  The Maryland Cyber Challenge and Conference hopes to mitigate these threats and develop high school and college students with an interest in computers into cyber security experts. This year’s Conference was held October 21 and 22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Eight college teams competed in the Cyber Challenge, held on Saturday October 22, but in the end it was TOWSON UNIVERSITY that took home First Place!

However, the road to victory was not an easy one. As Professor Michael O’Leary, team advisor, explains, “the competition between UMCP, UMBC and Towson was extremely close – when the scoreboard was turned off, each of the three teams had roughly 35,000 points, with Towson first and UMCP and UMBC tied and just 300 points behind.”

After two online qualifying competitions and the all-day event on Saturday, Towson University came out ahead. The members of TU’s team are Andrea Mobley (Captain), Brian Cather, Jonathan Fragale, Dustin Hanks, Dennis Hayden, and Roberto Melendez.

In addition to the pride of winning, each student received a $5,000 scholarship from the National Security Administration and will be offered a summer internship with SAIC, a science and engineering firm. These two fantastic prizes will help expand the student’s knowledge and experience in the growing Cyber Security field.

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Team captain Andrea Mobley said of the win, “I think our win over two graduate teams (one of which is a University of Maryland team) and the rest of our competitors (Capitol College, University of Maryland Graduate students, University of Maryland Undergraduate students, Goucher, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland University College, and a group of collective students) keeps Towson University on the radar for the national competition in February and for employers looking to hire security professionals.”

Be sure to read the Baltimore Sun article to learn more about the event!