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12th Annual Mid-South Cybersecurity Summit
This annual summit, organized by the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA), aims to provide a platform for companies and institutions in the Mid-South Region to learn, discuss, and exchange knowledges and technologies about Cyber Security. The event will be held on November 4, 2022 at the University of Memphis - FedEx Institute of Technology. The theme this year is "When AI meets Cybersecurity." Click here to register.

2022 CSforALL Summit - Student Volunteers Needed
The 2022 CSforALL Summit is scheduled for October 19-21, 2022. It will be held at The Guest House at Graceland. Student volunteers are needed to help make the event successful. Volunteer individuals will have the opportunity to make professional contacts and learn from CS and STEM organizations. Additionally, they will receive a CSforALL Summit Volunteer T-Shirt, food, and refreshments among other things. If you're interested, please register via the link associated with the 2022 CSforALL SUMMIT VOLUNTEERS flyer.

2023 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)
The application portal for the 2023 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program will be opening on November 1, 2022. The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of the scholarship received, in addition to the internship.

IEEE DAY - Distinguished Lecture - Dipankar Dasgupta
Dr. Dasgupta is scheduled to lecture on October 4, 2022 @ 9:00AM CDT. This talk will discuss some important use of AI in search, optimization, prediction, and discovery; how algorithmic bias can impact decisions; how AI can play dual-role and can be applied in many ways with varying intent. I will also exhibit use cases on “Defensive AI and Offensive AI”, and in designing “Digital Twin”. Finally, I will argue that with the significant business benefits of using AI/ML techniques, there exist possibilities of misuse/abuse or inappropriate use of such techniques. So, regulations such as Algorithmic Accountability Act. become essential for AI-based developers to take responsibility of their products and services. Registration.

IoT Security Workshop
The University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) and North Carolina A&T State University are collaborating to produce a hybrid workshop on IoT Security. The workshop will be hosted on the campus of NC A&T State University on September 23, 2022, at 9AM – 2:30PM EST. Participants can attend in-person or virtually. Please check the “Events” schedule for the registration link.

The 6th annual National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair
The 6th annual National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair, sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the CAE in Cybersecurity Community, is right around the corner! The career fair brings together students and alumni from over 380 institutions across the Nation designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity with employers offering apprenticeships, internships, and full-time employment. This year, the National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair will take place on September 16th, 2022, from 9am to 1pm PT.

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, national 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.

UofM’s Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta Works with NCPC to Create Cybersecurity Legislation
New law authorizes DHS to increase response efforts nationwide
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can now work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) to increase its cybersecurity preparedness and incident response initiatives nationwide after Congress adopted and sent the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act (NCPC) to President Biden to sign into law.

NCPC efforts at the UofM are being led by Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta (Computer Science), Directors of the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA). The bill was first introduced in the Senate in March 2021. The Senate agreed to House amendments by unanimous consent April 7, 2022, and was sent to the President on May 3. President Biden signed the NCPC Act into law on May 12, 2022. For more information on this legislation, contact Dasgupta at ddasgupt@memphis.edu.

University of Memphis Recognized as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
NSA and U.S Department of Defense designation awarded through the 2027 academic year
The University of Memphis has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through the 2027 academic year. Official letters of notification were sent to the Honorable Bill Lee, Governor of the State of Tennessee, members of Congress, appropriate Congressional Committees, as well as to University of Memphis leadership. As part of this designation, the UofM will be listed as a CAE-CD on the CAE Institution Map and listed on the CAE Community website. CAE-designated institutions must complete the validation of a Program of Study (PoS), which is a series of courses and experiences a student can reasonably accomplish in the course of attaining a degree or completing a certificate.

Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Hill Professor in Cybersecurity, and director for the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA), led this effort for recertification, with the help of Dr. Kan Yang, assistant professor (Computer Science), and Dr. Myounggyu Won, assistant professor (Computer Science), as the associate directors of the center.

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop (In-Person) Funded by Navy ROTC
The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and The ROTC Research Students are conducting an in-person (hands-on activities) Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop on June 21, 2022, from 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM Central Time (U.S. and Canada). Location: University of Memphis - FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) - Fishbowl 203/205. The workshop's topic is “The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.” Please reach out to Chinita Holmes at csholmes@memphis.edu to reserve your seat. 

Cyber Tigers Guest Speaker - Scott Augenbaum, former FBI Cyber Agent
The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and the Cyber Tigers welcome Scott Augenbaum by Zoom conference Thursday April 28th at 1pm. He is a former FBI Cyber Agent and now professionally speaks across the country on cyber threats.

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop Funded by Navy ROTC
The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and The ROTC Research Students are conducting Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop on April 23, 2022, from 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Central Time (U.S. and Canada). The workshop's topic is “The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.” Please register here in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Jack Voltaic Conference Series: Cyber Resiliency for Critical Infrastructure
Members of the project team for the Cybersecurity Education in Critical Infrastructure Protection will be participating in a Panel Discussion at the Jack Voltaic Conference Series on Thursday February 24th. The conference is scheduled to be held at The Citadel - Holliday Alumni Center in Charleston, SC. A more detailed itinerary and registration can be found here.

Cybersecurity Training Grant Research Opportunities
A joint effort of Engineering Technology and Computer Science has been awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research to build a team for opportunities of existing Undergraduate students capable of effectively conducting research studies in the area of cybersecurity, pairing a variety of skills with organization and leadership. Read More >>

2022-23 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of the scholarship received, in addition to the internship ... Read More >>

Center for Information Assurance Works to Expand Training Opportunities Under FEMA
A FEMA Continuing Training Grant was awarded to the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium of which the University of Memphis is a member. The grant lead is the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute with the University of Memphis as a sub-awardee ($600,000). Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta (Computer Science) will lead the grant to develop new cybersecurity .... Read More>>

Resilience Week 2021 (October 18-21 Virtual): Transforming the resilience of critical infrastructure systems and communities

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Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Hill Professor in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Information Assurance at the University of Memphis, will be a panelist for the workshop on "The National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program" on Tuesday, October 19th. Registration and more information can be found at the following link ... Read More>>

Adversarial Defense Research Work Presented in ICML-2021 Workshop
Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Hill Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Memphis, and Dr. Kishor Datta Gupta presented their research paper titled, "Who is Responsible for Adversarial Defense", in "Challenges in Deploying and Monitoring ML System" ICML-2021 workshop on July 23rd, 2021.

Doctoral degree awarded for CfIA students
Two Ph.D. students, Subash Poudyal and Kishor Datta Gupta were awarded the doctoral degree in the 2021 Summer Commencement. Subash is joining Walmart Global Tech as a Senior Risk Specialist of Cybersecurity and Kishor is joining as a PostDoc at North Carolina AT&T University. Read More >>

Southeast CAE Community Forum
Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Hill Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Memphis, was a guest speaker at the July 16, 2021 meeting of the Southeast CAE Community Forum. In addition to giving an overview of the current state of cybersecurity, he provided information about research collaboration opportunities. His presentation was entitled "Research-Driven Cybersecurity Education and Training".

Cybersecurity Training Grant Research Opportunities
A joint effort of Engineering Technology and Computer Science has been awarded a grant from the Office of Naval Research to build a team for opportunities of existing Undergraduate students capable of effectively conducting research studies in the area of cybersecurity, pairing a variety of skills with organization and leadership. Read More >>

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop Funded by Navy ROTC
The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and The ROTC Research Students is conducting Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop on August 10, 2021, from 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada). The topic of the workshop is “How to stay ahead of emerging threats and gain new tools, guidance, and insight for ways to protect you and your privacy”. Please register here in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Cybersecurity Virtual Workshop by CFIA and Navy ROTC
The Center of Information Assurance (CFIA) and the Navy ROTC research students will be hosting a virtual workshop for all University of Memphis students on April 17, 2021, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada). Register.  Read More >>

CS Students Won 1st and 2nd Place in 33rd Annual Student Research Forum
Computer science students Mazharul Hossain and Subash Poudyal won first and second place respectively in the 33rd Annual Student Research for the Math and Computer Sciences category. Mazharul's research topic was "Building Indoor Point Cloud Datasets with Object Annotation for Public Safety”. Subash's research topic "Forensic Analysis of Crypto Ransomware using Hybrid Multi-level Profiling Approach" was focused on proposing a novel strategy for malware detection. Cybercriminals are constantly changing their attack strategy and security checkpoints often miss catching them. "It is possible to capture malware even if they bypass one or more checkpoints" says Subash.

University of Memphis Celebrates Patents Worldwide
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) within the Division of Research and Innovation has received several notifications of issued or allowed patents centered on two separate technologies. The first notice was a U.S. patent allowance focused on cybersecurity from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Read More >>

Cybersecurity Research Training Workshop
The University of Memphis and The Center for Information Assurance is conducting Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop on March 27, 2021, from 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada). The topic of the workshop is “How to stay ahead of emerging threats and gain new tools, guidance, and insight for ways to protect you and your privacy”.

Cybersecurity courses released for online access
Two new online courses ("Understanding Social Engineering Attacks" and "Mobile Device Security and Privacy") concerning Cybersecurity have been developed by The Center for Information Assurance at the University of Memphis and are available for access online. These courses are funded by DHS/FEMA and are offered to the public at no charge. Please see the flyer for more details: Understanding Social Engineering Attacks and Mobile Device Security and Privacy

2021 DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance.  Read More >>

Cybersecurity paid internship program by NSA and OSBP
The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defense’s Office of Small Business Program (OSBP) in partnership with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (MISI) and the GBC MISI Academy seek applicants for a 6-week paid internship program in cybersecurity. Read More >>

Cybersecurity openings at NSA
NSA's Cybersecurity mission is hiring! Read More >>

Innovation Award presented to Prof. Dasgupta
Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta was recently presented with an innovation award for his work in multi-factor authentication at the INNOVATE IT 2020 Conference. Read More >>

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Events

Friday
Nov. 4,2022

 

12th Annual Mid-South Cybersecurity Summit 2022

By: The University of Memphis CfIA 
Location: UofM FedEx Institute of Technology

Friday
Sept. 23,2022

 

IoT Security Workshop

By: North Carolina A&T State University and The University of Memphis CfIA 
9:00am - 2:30pm EST
Hybrid Workshop Flyer
Hybrid Workshop Registration

Friday
Sept. 16,2022

 

The 6th annual National Cybersecurity Virtual Career Fair

By: The National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) Center and the CAE in Cybersecurity Community 
11:00am - 3:00pm CT
Virtual Career Fair Registration

Tuesday
June 21,2022

 

Cybersecurity Research / Training (In-Person) Workshop

By: The University of Memphis and The Center for Information Assurance 
9:00am - 2:00pm
“The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.”

Thursday
April 28,2022

 

FBI Special Agent - Scott Augenbaum

By: The Cyber Tigers, The University of Memphis, and The Center for Information Assurance 
1:00pm
Join Zoom Link.”

Sat
April 23,2022

 

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop

By: The University of Memphis and The Center for Information Assurance 
9:00am - 1:00pm
“The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.”

Friday
April 1, 2022

 

Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Workshop

By: The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance 
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Workshop/Registration.”

Sat
March 26

 

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop

By: The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and The ROTC Research Students 
9:00am - 1:00pm
“The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.”

Friday
March 25, 2022

 

Smart Grid Security Workshop

By: The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance 
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Workshop/Registration.

Sat
March 19

 

Cybersecurity Research / Training Workshop

By: The University of Memphis, The Center for Information Assurance, and The ROTC Research Students 
9:00am - 1:00pm
“The Issues and Topics concerning Operational Cybersecurity.”

Registration August 23-October 8

 

  NCL Competition Fall 2021 Season

The National Cyber League (NCL) is a cybersecurity competition that prepares student for a cyber career. In the NCL games, students work to solve... Read More>>

     

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