students and 13 teachers completed a week-long Cybersecurity Camp (GenCyber
Camp) at IUP. The camp, part of a national initiative supported by the National
Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, was directed by Waleed
Farag, Department of Computer Science, and Dighton (Mac) Fiddner, Department of Political Science, and
was funded by a grant of $50,000 from the National Security Agency. IUP is the
only university in Pennsylvania to receive the grant.
June 15, special guest speaker Isaac Porche (pictured above), associate director for the Forces and Logistics Program in the Army Research Division of the RAND Corporation, presented “The Threat from Inside…Your Automobile”
to the participants.
Porche is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity and computer network defense. He has led research
projects for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the Department of Homeland Security, the
Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a member of the
U.S. Army Science Board.
He has published numerous journal articles, op-eds and presentations on networking, cybersecurity and big data.
Prior to joining RAND in 1998, he was a
software developer in the automotive industry. Porche received his M.S. in
electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California,
Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of
Corporation is a nonprofit, global research organization that developed
solutions to public policy changes to help make communities throughout the
world safer and more secure. It was organized in May 1948.
June 14 and 15, members of the GenCyber site evaluation team visited the camp.
The team included IUP alumnae Danielle R. Crisp, a 1990 journalism and public
relations graduate, who serves as a higher education outreach advocate for the
Office of Academic Outreach.
presenters for the camp, in addition to Faraq and Fiddner, included Crystal Machado, Department of Professional Studies in Education; Pankaj and James Rodger, Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences; Dennis Giever and Jennifer Gossett, Department of Criminology; David
Smith, Department of Computer Science; and Teresa McDevitt, IUP Libraries. Programming was a mixture
of presentations and hands-on events, including a decision-making simulation
and a competition as the finale for the week’s programming.
“The camp has two main goals for
students,” Farag said. “First, to increase interest in cybersecurity careers
and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation; second, to help
students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, including learning
hacking defense techniques.”
teachers, the program is designed to help improve teaching methods for
delivering cybersecurity content for kindergarten through grade 12,” Farag
said. The program for teachers presented multidisciplinary cybersecurity
teaching skills and modules to be used in the classroom.
to national experts, jobs in cybersecurity have grown 91 percent nationally, and the
demand for cybersecurity workers is expected to rise to 6 million globally.
A 2014 Ponemon Institute study
ranks Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Science Department among
the top 25 percent of 183 American schools for cybersecurity education. The
Ponemon Institute conducts independent research on digital privacy and
This ranking reflects
IUP history of recognition for excellence in the field of cybersecurity and
IUP is a National
Cyber Security Alliance “Champion,” recognized by the National Cyber Security
Alliance. IUP was recognized in a 2014 national survey of “Best Schools for
Cybersecurity” by HP Enterprise Security, released in October 2015. The
university was ranked in the top 25 percent of all cybersecurity programs in
the nation. Only four Pennsylvania colleges and universities were rated in the
The university is a
recent recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to support
women and minorities in cybersecurity. It has received several NSF grants
related to this discipline.
IUP was first
selected as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in
2002, a recognition that the university continues to hold. IUP is one of only six institutions in
Pennsylvania and one of just 102 universities in the nation selected for this
2015, the NSA has re-designated IUP as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber
Defense (CAE-CD) through 2021. Farag, Smith, Deane Snavely, Dean of the College of
Natural Sciences and Mathematics,and Timothy
Moerland, Provost, received the re-designation certificate earlier this month during the National
Cyber Summit held in Huntsville, Alabama.
IUP’s program is unique because of its interdisciplinary character,
blending the disciplines of criminology and computer science. In addition to
the development of computer programs and systems for cybersecurity, IUP’s
program focuses on cybercrime detection, loss prevention, and how to collect
the evidence to prosecute cybersecurity offenders.