Norwich proclaims October as Cybersecurity Month, joining national effort

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Norwich proclaims October as Cybersecurity Month, joining national effort

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University, a national leader in cybersecurity and digital forensics education, has proclaimed October as cybersecurity awareness month and has joined the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NSCAM) effort as an official “Champion.” President Richard W Schneider signed a proclamation on September 25, 2017, recognizing Norwich’s vital role in identifying, protecting from and responding to cyber threats.

Recognized every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, Norwich University recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.

“Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility,” said Norwich University’s Chief Information Security Officer George J. Silowash. “Technology touches our lives in some way every day. Whether at home, at work, or in the community, everyone needs to do their part to protect themselves in order to ensure a safer cyber environment for all of us.”

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. NCSAM 2016 was an unprecedented success, generating more than 2,260 unique news stories – an increase of 30 percent from NCSAM 2015’s media coverage. Kicking off NCSAM’s 14th year, this October presents a new opportunity to expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.

The Norwich University Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, along with students, staff and faculty, will be hosting a number of activities throughout the month that are free and open to the public:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Northfield’s Brown Public Library: “Securing our Children” – Do you know what your children are doing online? Do you want to learn how to protect them? Join Norwich University information security experts and the Northfield Police Department for a night of learning about how to protect your children online.
  • Thursday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Norwich University’s Milano Ballroom – Dr. Heather Roszkowski, Norwich alumnae and the University of Vermont Medical Center Network Chief Information Security Officer will be speaking about cyber security in healthcare.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m., White Memorial Chapel – Federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Field Office, will be speaking about a number of different cyber security topics.
  • Oct. 20 & 21– Tech Jam, Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, meet with Norwich University computer security and computer science faculty and students and learn about cyber defense, cyber safety and digital forensics.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., White Memorial Chapel, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of Norwich’s Peace and War Center and terrorism expert Travis Morris will be discussing the latest in online radicalization.

Throughout the month, stay tuned to WNUB-FM, Dog River Radio for daily tips on staying safe and secure online. Livestream here:

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top 10 best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by

Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University 10.25.2017