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09 March 2017
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is pleased to announce the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Florida A&M University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2022.
07 March 2017
The local ISACA chapter will be hosting a cybersecurity event on 21 July 2017 that Florida A&M University students are invited to attend. The Topic is Cybersecurity Adoption and Assurance using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework presented by Mark Thomas and Charlene Watson. The location is Winewood Building 4 Auditorium, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL, 32308. CPE: 8 hours. The Cost is $25 for students, $100 for ISACA Members and $125 for non-members.
06 March 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Duan Zhenhai and Dr. Hongmei Chi and for being selected as recipients of the 2016-2017 Collaborative Seed Award Program – an initiative that provides funding to cybersecurity research teams from across the State University System (SUS) of Florida. Dr. Zhenhai and Dr. Chi will be working on a Utility-based Approach to Detecting Compromised Machines.
03 March 2017
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences submitted a proposal to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to develop an Online Dual Enrolment Introduction to Cybersecurity course that will be made available to K-12 Students and to undergraduate students in the Florida State University System.
15 February 2017
The Information Technology Services (ITS) department is pleased to welcome Mr. Clifford Stokes Jr. to the ITS security team. Clifford Stokes, Jr. comes to FAMU as the CISO with over 25 years of experience in Information Technology including Cyber Crime Investigations, Data Center Security Operations, and Cyber Threat Intelligence. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and the Florida Certified Contract Manager (FCCM) credentials. With a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Clifford has 19 years in Public Service with the balance in private sector work.
01 February 2017
Dr. Evans, Interim Chair for the Department of Information Sciences and Ms. Martin, College of Science and Technology Strategic Planning and Development Analyst, briefed on Florida A&M University Cybersecurity initiatives and strategic goals at the Special Joint State University System (SUS) and Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) Board of Advisor's Meeting in Tampa, Florida.
16 January 2017
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is excited to announce the submission of an application to the National Security Agency (NSA) / Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for re-designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.
The Information Technology Services Department for Florida A&M University has successfully completed two surveys to establish the University cybersecurity posture: The Cybersecurity Questionnaire based on the SANS Critical Security Controls version 5.1 with 22 Security Control Categories and the NIST SP 800 171 - Federal Compliance that has 14 Security Control Categories.
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is excited to announce the re-branding and re-design of the Florida A&M University Center for Cyber Security formerly called the Florida A&M University Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance. The new website URL is: www.famu.edu/cybercenter
The Central Intelligence Agency offered a special learning opportunity to Florida A&M University students interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity on November 1st, 2016 at the School of Business and Industry. Students were invited to attend an information session and Q&A dialogue with CIA reps to learn about careers in Cybersecurity and other related backgrounds.
On October 13, 2016, four Student Ambassadors from the Florida IT Carreer Alliance led a Cybersecurity themed event to expose students at Paxon High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Subject introduced included What is Cryptology and how it works and why it’s important to secure communication.
On September 15th, 2016 Dr. Chi and Dr. Pitter attended the State University System Advisory meeting in Gainesville, Florida to provide input on enrollment, graduation and research as it relates to cybersecurity.
The FAMU Regional Institute for Math & Science (RIMS) will be hosting a Security for the Week Program on 13 June 2016 as part of its 6-week summer camp residency program. RIMS is a program funded through the U.S. Department of Education TRiO Program that targets first-generation, low-income students of North Florida who have expressed an interest in STEM careers.
On March 8th 2016, the College of Science and Technology hosted their third annual STEM day. Over 200 middle and high school students participated in an all-day event to learn about several STEM fields through hands-on activities. The theme for STEM day was “Crack the Code”. Student ambassador involvement included participation in planning hands-on coding and decryption activities, assisting visiting students in each STEM area, tabling to provide teachers, parents, and students with information about FAMU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, and helping student visitors solve a puzzle through creative computer science solutions.
The CIS Secured Rattler team, led by Ms. Watson and Graduate Student Jonathan Smith participated in their very first CTF competition in Winston Salem, North Carolina. They won FIRST place in the Hacking portion and third place over all!
On February 5th, 2016, a Florida A&M University Student Ambassador from the Florida IT Career Alliance participated in a 24 hour hackathon titled, Code for Good Competition, held by JP Morgan Chase bank at their headquarter in Tampa, Florida. The challenge was to create an application that allowed people to rate different public locations (hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc.) based on their handicap accessibility based upon American Disability Association (ADA) regulations. The application theme was geared towards the Christopher and Dana Reeves foundation.
On February 26, 2016, the Department of Computer and Information Sciences faculty member, Dr. Chi led her under graduate students to attend the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference where her students created and presented cybersecurity themed posters.
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences faculty members, Dr. Jones and Dr. Chi presented a briefing cybersecurity related briefings at the Florida Center for Cybersecurity in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Jones presented on Secure Web Access to RFID and NFC data in Healthcare Inventory Control and Patient Tracking Applications and Dr. Chi presented on a Sociotechnical Approach to Lawful Interception and Computational Assessment of Information Behavior to Protect Against Insider Threat.
During the 2015 summer camp sponsored by the Florida A&M University Regional Institute for Math & Science (RIMS) and Florida IT Career (FITC) Alliance student ambassadors acted as camp instructors and guided RIMS students through the formation of websites and apps as an introduction to computer science related disciplines. Student were introduced to subjects such cybercrime, computer viruses, hackers, coding, phishing, strong password creation, and basic password cracking techniques.
The College of Science and Technology hosted the 2nd Annual STEM Day on March 28, 2015, under the theme "CSI." Student Ambassador involvement included participation in planning the mystery, presenting information about cyber security, and helping visitors solve a mystery through creative computer science solutions. The Encryption/Decryption activity involved the entire Florida A&M University FITC team (faculty and staff) and a total of 17 student ambassadors.
On March 20th, Florida A&M University Student Ambassadors from the Florida IT Career Alliance attended the HackFSU, planned by TechNole, located at the Florida State’s Dirac Research Library. For 30 hours, students in groups of 3-4 and mentors dedicated their time to creating one of a kind coded projects with their teams. A Florida A&M University Student Ambassador, Deja Lindsey won an award.
On December 8, 2014, the Department of Computer and Information Sciences hosted a Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar at the Benjamin Banneker Building A. Topics included Securing Mobile Devices, Social Engineering, Securing Smart Cars, and what to do when a person discovers they have been hacked.
The Florida IT Career (FITC) alliance hosted a Microsoft college campus coding competition on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Students were teamed up with friends and a $100 gift card was given away to each winner. The competition was open to all FAMU and FSU students.
The College of Science and Technology is proud to announce that the Student Ambassador's from the Florida IT Career Alliance took first place at a hackathon hosted by the Association of Computer and Information Science/Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI).
Florida A&M University along with Florida State University was awarded funds by the Florida Board of Governors to form the Florida Information Technology Career (FITC) Alliance. This alliance is tasked with the goal of recruiting, retaining, and employing Florida’s next generation of technology workers within the North Florida region and throughout the state. By forging relationships with academic (K-12 and community college) and industry partners the Alliance will work to meet the growing demands of the technology workforce through recruitment and employment of students in the areas of Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer Engineering.
In 2014, the National Security Agency (NSA) / Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated the Florida A&M University as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (IAE).
The Florida A&M University and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) received official a second recognition from the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as a qualifying university for Information Assurance Education and a certificate during the CNSS Annual Conference held in June 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Florida A&M University Center for Secure Computing and Information Assurance (FCSCIA) was established as a response to the necessity to safeguard the nations critical cyberspace infrastructure and to promote the development of a skilled workforce consisting of underrepresented minorities capable of positively impacting a global void.
The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) certified that Florida A&M University offers a set of courseware that has been reviewed by National Level Information Assurance Subject Matter Experts and determined to meet National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals, NSTISSI 4011 (INFOSEC Professionals, National Training Standard), CNSS 4012 (Senior Systems Manager). Florida A&M University and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences received official recognition and a certificate during the CNSS Annual Conference held in June 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia.