CfIA News

CfIA Successfully concludes 10th Annual Cyber Security Summit
The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) successfully hosted its 10th annual Cybersecurity Summit on October 12, 2017 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta and Dr. Judith Simon, Co-Directors, and Dr. Kan Yang, Associate Director of the CfIA, were involved in hosting this year's summit and welcomed students and professionals from multiple areas in the Cybersecurity industry. The CfIA was honored to have some of the guest speakers present at past Cybersecurity Summits. Read More >>

CfIA Student Team won 2017 Cyber Defense Competition
A team of undergraduate students at the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA), recently formed a student Organization (RSO) open to all U of M students. Nu11t3st3r (pronounced "Nulltester") won 1st place in the CANSec Student Cyber-Defense Competition on October 29, 2017 at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Read More >>

Dr. Judith C. Simon selected as a member of NCC-CSP
Dr. Judith C. Simon has been selected as a member of the National CyberWatch Center's Curriculum Standards Panel (NCC-CSP) for the Cybersecurity Foundation Series, and specifically for the Information Security Fundamentals (ISF) course. The panel will develop standards for instructional materials, assessments, hands-on labs or other learning programs that will produce the nation's first competency-based, mastery learning curricula that aligns with national competency frameworks.

Cyber Security Virtual Career Fair
The National Centers of Academic Excellence is hosting a Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by CyberWatch West and the National Science Foundation, on October 13, 2017, from 9:00am-2:00pm (PST). Read More >>

Proctored Cybersecurity Training Session at Nashville
The CfIA will be offering multiple individuals the opportunity to attend a proctored Cybersecurity training session at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) in Nashville, TN on September 22, 2017. Trainees will learn about the security and privacy issues present in mobile devices and the preventative measures that will help prevent them from becoming cyber-attack victims. Please see flyer for more details.

CfIA Receives New Cyber Security Education Grant
The Center for Information Assurance has been awarded a $206K CAE Cyber Security Workforce Education Grant to develop interactive, hands-on exercises to integrate into cyber security curricula. Read More >>

New Book on User Authentication by Prof. Dasgupta
The Center Director, Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta recently published a new book entitled Advances in User Authentication (publisher: Springer-Verlag) with his students Arunava Roy and Abhijit Nag. It is written as a graduate-level textbook covering basic to very recent developments in the field including their own research. Prof. Dasgupta expects that the book will make a significant impact in higher education and inspire others in conducting multi-disciplinary research. He hopes many new applications in cyber identity management will emerge following their research findings. Read More >>

CfIA Online course (MSP) available for Pilot testing
The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) at the University of Memphis has released an web-based course “Mobile Device Security and Privacy” for pilot testing. The flyer for this course can be found here Read More >>

GenCyber Boot Camp for middle and high school successfully concluded
The GenCyber Boot Camp 2017 for middle and high school successfully concluded on 16th and 23rd of June respectively. The middle school camp was featured on Action News 5. The high school camp was featured in Chalkbeat. The GenCyber Boot Camp report can be found here. To know details about these events click here.

CfIA director at TN CyberSecurity Conference
The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) director, Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta gave a presentation in TN CyberSecurity Conference on 6th June 2017 highlighting the ongoing research in CyberSecurity. Download the flyer

CfIA interviewed by local 24 News channel
The Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) was interviewed by Local 24 News channel to provide expert comments on an recent cyber incident: Patients Concerned After Medical Records Hacked At Memphis Doctors Office. In another news story: Is Big Brother Watching? How Hackers Can Use Your Electronics To Spy On You, CfIA director Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta weighed in on Internet-connected devices and the potential risks they pose.

GenCyber 2017 Outreach Efforts
GenCyber emphasized building a connection with the larger Memphis area this year. The outreach efforts can be viewed here.

CfIA will offer GenCyber Boot Camps this summer
The Center for Information Assurance will offer two Cyber Security Boot Camps this summer for middle and high school students. The middle school camp will be held June 12-16 and the high-school camp will be June 19-23. The camps will introduce students to cyber security basics through hands-on activities, guest lectures and team projects. Funding from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation allows the camps to be offered free of charge. For further details click here.

CfIA students will participate in "2017 Student Cyber Cup Competition"
Two CfIA students Robert Edstrom and Jon Walter Cobb will participate in the 2017 Student Cyber Cup Competition being held at Von Braun Civic Center Huntsville Alabama from 7-8 June. Event link here.

CfIA student teams received awards at the 2017 University Student Research Forum
McKittrick Swindle won first place presenting Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication, and Berkeley Willis and Robert Edstrom won second place presenting Puzzle Based Learning.

USEA(Understanding Social Engineering Attacks) pilot testing will start from April 1, 2017
For more information please visit act-online.net.

Center Director gave a presentation about CfIA activities at Tennessee Education Committee
CfIA director Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta briefed about the CfIA activities at Tennessee Education Committee .

CfIA received federal funding to host summer camps for school students
The center will host the GenCyber Boot Camp for middle and high school students in June 2017. The camp will cover various aspects of Cyber Hygiene and students will learn about privacy, security and safe browsing on the Internet.

Introducing Cyber Security undergraduate program
The University of Memphis is introducing Cyber Security undergraduate program. One can enhance career with a degree in Cyber Security.

 Online Cyber Security Course Featured on WMC Action News 5
Carolyn Butler from the Center for Information Assurance was recently featured on WMC Action News 5 to talk about an upcoming free online course.

2017 CS Research Day Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the oral and poster presentations at the 13th Annual Computer Science Research Day.

NSA Codebreaker Challenge Featured on WMC Action News 5
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, director of the Center for Information Assurance, and undergraduate student Berkeley Willis were featured on WMC Action News 5 to talk about our recent strong showing in the 2016 NSA Codebreaker Challenge.

Applications are accepted for DoD scholarships in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships and a stipend to cover room and board expenses. Undergraduate students will receive a stipend of $22,500; graduate students will receive a stipend of $30,000 per academic year. During breaks in their academic studies, Information Assurance Scholars will receive progressive, hands-on experience in information security internships. For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, Deadline of Application Submission: May 19th 2017. view the announcement here.