CyberWATCH is a consortium of higher education institutions operating under an NSF grant. It’s a great resource for institutions building or planning to build a cybersecurity educational program. Wilmington University is a proud member of CyberWATCH, getting key ideas and guidance from other member institutions as well as professional development for its instructors.
Wilmington University has been certified by the National Security Agency to meet the standards for information assurance curricula defined by NSTISSI-4011 and CNSS-4013 as defined by the Committee on National Security Systems. The former defines training standards for Information System Security (INFOSEC) Professionals and the latter defines training standards for Systems Administrators (SA).
The Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) has the world’s largest certified digital forensics lab. The DC3 hosts a Digital Forensics Challenge every year. Wilmington University won the undergraduate category in 2009 and 2010 posting the 3rd and 5th highest overall scores, respectively, in this international competition.
The DC3 hosts a superior conference each year at which DC3 Challenge winners are honored. The conference includes some of the best training and workshops available in the industry.
The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition encourages colleges and universities to field teams to test their cyber defense skills. Wilmington University competed in the Mid Atlantic CCDC qualifying round in 2010 and will again test its team’s skill in 2011.
Towson University, an NSA certified Center of Academic Excellence hosts cybersecurity scrimmages each year to help teams prepare for the CCDC. Wilmington University has taken advantage of this opportunity in 2009 and 2010.
NYU-Poly University each year hosts Cyber Security Awareness Week, which includes a cybersecurity competition pitting academic teams from all over the world against each other. Wilmington University competed for the first time in 2010.
The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Educators hosts an excellent conference each year, providing a great opportunity for cybersecurity educators to collaborate with each other and keep up on current trends. Professor Mark Hufe is the program committee chair for the 2011 CISSE conference.