President Delivers Fall Welcome Address

President Delivers Fall Welcome Address

President Qayoumi discussed the budget, including the governor’s tax initiative on the November ballot, and the transformative changes needed to balance the books given the avalanche of reductions San Jose State experienced in the recent past (Robert Bain photo).

Media contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi delivered the Fall Welcome Address Aug. 20 in Morris Dailey Auditorium. The speech was streamed live, and a video recording and transcript are available.

An annual tradition, the Fall Welcome Address provides the opportunity for us to come together and reflect on recent accomplishments, identify emerging issues and challenges, and review priorities and opportunities for the coming year.

Associated Students of SJSU President Calvin Worsnup opened the event, noting SJSU will begin the year with 400 student organizations, reflecting the vibrancy and diversity of our student body.

Academic Senate Chair Beth Von Till encouraged faculty, staff and students to transform the unanticipated challenges facing SJSU into new opportunities to teach and mentor our students.

President Qayoumi discussed the budget, including the governor’s tax initiative on the November ballot, and the transformative changes needed to balance the books given the avalanche of reductions San Jose State experienced in the recent past.

Unlimited Opportunities

The president also explored the many ways SJSU has made progress in this challenging environment, including the development of strategic and academic plans reflecting the unlimited opportunities for partnering and fostering innovation given our location in Silicon Valley.

For example, Qayoumi reported Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Junn is preparing for SJSU’s first cluster hire, which means hiring a cross disciplinary group of faculty members with expertise in a specific field. In this case, that field is cyber security.

“This is a time of great challenge, but it is also a time of great opportunity,” the president concluded. “There is still much more work to be done and as budget cuts deepen, there will be difficult consequences. I believe that if we take advantage of the opportunities to transform now, we will be a stronger, better university.”

San José State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 30,000 students and 3,850 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

 

"Capture The Flag" Wraps Up 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Boot Camp

"Capture The Flag" Competition Wraps Up 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Boot Camp

A three-and-a-half hour time crunch and heart-pumping trance music playing in the background was not enough to thwart members from the winning team, 1stworldproblems (Robert Bain photo).

By Amanda Holst, Pubic Affairs Assistant

Forty-six campers, ages 18 to 40, competed Aug. 10 in the “Capture the Flag” competition, wrapping up the U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp.

Contestants, working in teams of threes and fours, raced to hack into nine servers, using individual skill sets and what they learned at camp to capture files, passwords or any other flags containing secure information.

A three-and-a-half hour time crunch and heart-pumping trance music playing in the background was not enough to thwart members from the winning team, 1stworldproblems.

“There were a number of instances where we went a while without accomplishing anything,” said Cal State San Bernardino computer science senior Paul Cummings. “Our approach was to try not to stress out and try to look at things in a different way.”

The camp was supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and San Jose State University.  Local sponsors include Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.

The objective of the penetration exercise, arranged and monitored by the U.S. Cyber Challenge, was more than taking over target machines.

“It’s a test to assimilate and test the vulnerabilities of a system,” Teaching Assistant Alex Levinson said.

“Shake In Your Pants Factor”

According to Levinson, the purpose of the competition was to get rid of the “shake in your pants factor” in order to offer preparedness for real-life work experiences.

Top SANS Institute instructors and other cyber-security experts in the field taught classes for the week. Topics included forensics, security testing and vulnerability assessment.

Jordan Jennings, ’12 Computer Science’, was one of two students representing SJSU in the competition.

“It was nice to be exposed to the competition and have an idea of what it might be like in the future if I wanted to” pursue cyber security work, Jennings said.

Cyber security consortium ISC2 awarded each of the capture-the-flag winners $1,000 scholarships.

 

Two young men wearing ties and collared shirtschat during the Cyber Challenge job fair.

SJSU Represents the West, Hosts 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Boot Camp

By Amanda Holst, Public Affairs Assistant

Two young men wearing ties and collared shirtschat during the Cyber Challenge job fair.

U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Security Boot Camp participants attend a job fair during the week-long camp (Christina Olivas photo).

As a part of a larger effort to supply Silicon Valley and the nation with much-needed cybersecurity professionals, SJSU is hosting the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Northern California Cyber Security Summer Boot Camp August 6-10.

“It’s a great opportunity to get involved in this early exposure in an industry that is going to have explosive growth,” said Rudy Pamintuan, a spokesperson for the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC).

The camp was supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and San Jose State University.  Local sponsors include Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.

Events are focused on the goal of finding the next generation of the “best and brightest” cybersecurity experts throughout the U.S. This week, campers receiving the highest scores from April’s online Cyber Quest Cyber Challenge competition, hosted by (USCC), and various other Cyber Challenge competitions held throughout the U.S., have been invited to experience hands-on information security training through in-depth workshops taught by top security instructors at SANS Institute and other experts in the field.

To address the gap of the shortage of skilled security professionals in the workplace, an Executive Roundtable was held August 7 at the Student Union in the Umunhum Room in conjunction with the camp.

Speakers included Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), Keith Tresh, California director and chief information security officer, and various national cybersecurity industry professionals.

The Executive Round Table

On August 7, President Qayoumi welcomed the 2012 California Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Round Table Discussion, which featured national experts from government, technology and academia.

“The future of our country will be up to individuals like you,” Qayoumi told campers, addressing the current need for security professionals in the workplace.

McDuffie spoke on current national cybersecurity efforts and initiatives, including the standards for training and forming the framework for emerging skill sets and job titles. In addition, he stressed the importance of forming public partnerships with academia and industry.

“The cybersecurity issue is so big that it’s well beyond the ability of one federal government agency,” McDuffie said.

Visa Chief Information Security Officer Gary Warzala said that passion and commitment are the two qualities his company looks for when hiring employees.

“Imagine spending your career doing something you love,” Warzala said. “We need skilled people to come into the workforce immediately to hit the ground running.”

The remainder of the discussion was dedicated to moderated discussions between camp participants and national cybersecurity experts. Discussions ranged from the challenges each sector faces outside of human capital to obtaining offensive and top secret security clearances. Campers also inquired about what to teach at the college level and how to break away from entry-level jobs.

The most wide-ranging views received, however, were on the topic of certification.

“We have to provide a way to map our skills,” argued Sean Catlett, COO, iSight Partners.

Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan had a different view on certification qualifications for contributors to Facebook’s Bug Bounty Program, a program that encourages its users to seek security weaknesses.

“We look at different factors,” Sullivan said. “Our objective is to measure if a person can solve problems.”

A job fair to connect campers with big name companies took place at 7 p.m. August 8 in the Barrett Ballroom at the Student Union.

The week will end with a virtual “capture the flag” competition and an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. August 10 in the Barrett Ballroom.

U.S. Cyber Challenge and SJSU to Host Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

SJSU Hosts U.S. Cyber Challenge Camp and Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

 U.S. Cyber Challenge and SJSU to Host Cyber Security Executive Roundtable

Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from approximately 400 schools nationwide.

Media Contact: Kathryn Hanson Sherman Worldwide, 847-337-1818, Katie@ShermanWorldwide.com

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2012 — Keith Tresh, California director and chief information security officer, and Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, will host a roundtable discussion featuring national experts from government, technology and academia on Aug. 7 at noon at the SJSU Student Union.

The event, “2012 California Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp Executive Roundtable Discussion” will examine the critical gap in the cyber security workforce and identify opportunities for closing the gap through creative partnerships and increased focus on education.

The executive roundtable will include Dr. Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Sean Catlett, COO, iSight Partners (National Technology Partner); David Melnick, board director, ISC2; Craig Spohn, Safegov and executive director/president of the Cyber Innovation Center; Harry Herington, CEO, NIC Inc.; Tony Summerlin, founder & CEO, Kickstand; and Gary Warzala, chief information security 0fficer, Visa.

Less than 10 percent of the estimated necessary 30,000 skilled security professionals are in the workplace; It is clear that addressing the gap has never been greater. Through candid discussion and interaction with the audience, the roundtable will assess where skills are most needed, by whom and how best to teach them.  Questions to be examined will include: Should a minimum set of qualifications of technical skills be taught and tested in cyber security programs?  Should colleges be incentivized to transform their programming courses to make security an integral part of the teaching and grading? The roundtable will provide follow-up to the Human Capital Crisis in Cyber Security report, issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies last fall to assess what has been accomplished and what needs to be done.

2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp

The event is held in conjunction with the 2012 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, taking place at San Jose State University Aug. 6-10.  The camp is designed to provide attendees with intensive training and other opportunities to enhance their skills and become the nation’s next generation of cyber security professionals.

The camp curriculum includes in-depth workshops on a range of topics, including penetration testing, reverse engineering, and forensics, all taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and other cyber security experts.  The week will be capped off by a virtual “capture the flag” competition and awards ceremony on Fri., Aug. 10, at the university.  ISC2 will present $1,000 scholarships to the winning capture-the-flag team.

The camp is supported in part through sponsorships with Juniper, Avue Technologies, Safegov.org and partnerships with SANS Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, and San Jose State University.  Local sponsors include Facebook, McAfee, nCircle, Symantec, Veracode and Visa.

More than 50 individuals will be attending the San Jose State University camp and the Executive Roundtable.

Attendees to the invitation-only camps were selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through the U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) in April that drew over a thousand participants from approximately 400 schools nationwide.  Cyber Camp invitations were also extended to individuals who demonstrated proficiency in other U.S. Cyber Challenge competitions, such as the Cyber Foundations, CyberPatriot, NetWars, and the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge.

The camp participants will gain an understanding of the dimensions of the workforce shortage — and see how critical their technical skills are to the solution. They will also learn about opportunities available to them through USCC and its partners.

The 2012 Cyber Summer Camp Series features two national week-long camps and two statewide camps. The camps are part of several initiatives underway through USCC, a national campaign focused on identifying and developing cyber security talent to meet the country’s critical cyber security workforce needs.

For more information about the Cyber Camp program and each of the specific camps, visit U.S. Cyber Challenge online at www.uscyberchallenge.org.

About U.S. Cyber Challenge:

The mission of the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) is to significantly reduce the shortage in the cyber workforce by serving as the premier program to identify, attract, recruit and place the next generation of cyber security professionals.

USCC’s goal is to find 10,000 of America’s best and brightest to fill the ranks of cyber security professionals where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

 

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Visits SJSU

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Visits SJSU

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Visits SJSU

Napolitano participated in a stakeholder meeting with top Silicon Valley executives and a faculty/student roundtable discussion before heading into a town hall meeting open to the public (Robert Bain photo).

By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited SJSU April 16 as part of her college tour focusing on cyber security and the need to build a “world-class, strong and dependable pipeline” of young professionals prepared to make “a positive impact on the country.” Napolitano participated in a stakeholder meeting with top Silicon Valley executives and a faculty/student roundtable discussion before heading into a town hall meeting open to the public. At the town hall, Napolitano noted people tend to focus on “terrorism creeping across our borders, but what is growing the most of all is threats to our cyber domain.” She described cyber security as a “multidisciplinary pursuit” for policy makers and scientists, providing opportunities for college graduates in many disciplines. She also observed the “current threat outpaces the current amalgam of laws” that “does not respect or reflect the kind of movement that is needed in our global environment,” especially with respect to drawing on “international students who possess a vital skill set.” Napolitano encouraged students to consider attending the California Cyber Challenge Summer Camp, to be held in August at SJSU.

KCBS: U.S. Homeland Security Chief Touts SJSU’s Cyber Challenge

SJSU Chosen To Host Cyber Challenge Camp

Posted by KCBS April 21, 2012.

By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose State University is one of a handful of universities across the country chosen to host a Cyber Challenge Camp this summer.

To get into the camp, contestants first have to pass a qualifying round called cyber quest. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano invited students to participate in the cyber challenge during a visit to San Jose State earlier this week.

SJ State Spokeswoman Pat Harris said it was the first time the university has hosted a cyber security camp and that the program works with academic and private sector partners to identify and develop cyber security talent.

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“Part of the cyber challenge involves an intensive summer camp which is for the best and brightest of the cyber talent. San Jose State will be hosting one of these camps this August for up to 100 lucky students,” Harris said.

She added that the university’s newly-inaugurated President, Mohammad Qayoumi sees cyber security as a hub in which co-curricular programs could be built.

Contestants must be at least 18-years-old and U.S. citizens to enter.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

KCBS: U.S. Homeland Security Chief Touts SJSU's Cyber Challenge

SJSU Chosen To Host Cyber Challenge Camp

Posted by KCBS April 21, 2012.

By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose State University is one of a handful of universities across the country chosen to host a Cyber Challenge Camp this summer.

To get into the camp, contestants first have to pass a qualifying round called cyber quest. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano invited students to participate in the cyber challenge during a visit to San Jose State earlier this week.

SJ State Spokeswoman Pat Harris said it was the first time the university has hosted a cyber security camp and that the program works with academic and private sector partners to identify and develop cyber security talent.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports: Click Here to Play Audio

“Part of the cyber challenge involves an intensive summer camp which is for the best and brightest of the cyber talent. San Jose State will be hosting one of these camps this August for up to 100 lucky students,” Harris said.

She added that the university’s newly-inaugurated President, Mohammad Qayoumi sees cyber security as a hub in which co-curricular programs could be built.

Contestants must be at least 18-years-old and U.S. citizens to enter.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)