Capitol College Celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
with Numerous Events
LAUREL, MD (October 4, 2012) – This October, Capitol College will be celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by hosting numerous events and activities at the Laurel campus.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10 at noon, Capitol’s Innovation and Leadership Institute will present the 2012 President’s Forum, and the event will be open to the public. Dr. Timothy Mucklow, senior historian at the Center for Cryptologic History will present and review the most famous cryptographic machine in the world, the German ENIGMA. He will also discuss America’s lesser known, but unbroken, SIGABA. Both machines will be on display in the Avrum Gudelsky Auditorium.
“Capitol College is proud to join with many colleges and universities across the nation by participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,” Dr. Vic Maconachy, vice president for academic affairs, said. “This is part of a response to Secretary Napolitano’s call to A C T (Achieve Cybersecurity Together). Our activities span the gamut of awareness programs for high school and middle school students to participating in a rigorous cyber competition. At Capitol we infuse cybersecurity in all that we do. This month is actually a celebration of our commitment.”
The college will also be holding a Cyber Battle Lab (CBL) open competition on Monday, Oct. 15 at 4 pm. Those looking to sharpen their cybersecurity skills are invited to this open competition, where participants will both defend and attack secure systems. Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors. The CBL is a lab where students simulate, detect, analyze and defeat the type of cyber attacks that are frequently seen in the information assurance world.
Other events taking place during National Cybersecurity Awareness month include an information assurance advisory board meeting on Oct. 10, a MESA high school visit on Oct. 24, and a Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education) workshop on Oct. 30. At the advisory meeting, members of the board will discuss the progression of Capitol’s information assurance curricula. The MESA high school visit will demonstrate some of the opportunities in higher education and in industry for students who want to pursue an education in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. For the SCOPE workshop, representatives from the Fort Meade Alliance will provide high school students with an overview of the importance of being able to obtain security clearances in possible future careers. These three events are invitation only.
Finally, Capitol’s cyber team will be competing in the third qualifying round of the Cyber Maryland Competition from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6. Should the team qualify, they will participate in the final round of the competition on Oct. 17.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to education in engineering, computer science, information technology and business through practices of leadership and innovation. Founded in 1927, Capitol offers associate, bachelor’s and master's degrees, a Doctor of Science in Information Assurance, professional development training and certificates. Academic programs are grounded in centers of excellence; these include the Space Operations Institute, the Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, the Innovation and Leadership Institute, and the Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach. The college campus is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. www.capitol-college.edu.
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Laurel, Maryland 20708