Institute for Cyber Security

Mission

The Institute for Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary institute that promotes and encourages cybersecurity awareness and practice, both on campus and off, through teaching, research, and service activities to enhance people's knowledge and skills of this important field.

Cybersecurity is broadly defined to include information security, cyber forensics, data quality, data completeness, data accuracy, privacy, and other issues related to the storage, transmission, and sharing of data and other information. The Institute involves faculty and students from the colleges of Business, Education and Communications, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics in dissemination of knowledge, research, and service projects in the general area of cybersecurity.

The Institute will affiliate itself with faculty and students at other institutions such as community and other four-year colleges to share resources and information in this field and promote the concept and practice of ensuring the security and integrity of information.

The Institute for Cyber Security annually secures hundreds of thousands of dollars of federally funded grants to support all of its activities. Moreover, ICS strives to establish leadership in cybersecurity by contributing to various national initiatives intended to improve the nation security posture through:

  • Producing qualified graduates in cybersecurity.
  • Securing and executing major federally funded projects.
  • Conducting state-of-the-art research in various security topics to contribute to the body of knowledge in this important area.
  • Offering cybersecurity camps to K-12 students and teachers to foster interest in the field at various school districts throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.
  • Providing "Training the Trainer" faculty professional development workshops in cybersecurity.
  • Partnering with other Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security to bolster the national program in cybersecurity.
  • Collaborating with companies in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and surrounding areas engaged in security research.
  • Providing internship opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in cybersecurity as they work with faculty research projects or community projects.
  • Increasing awareness in security and encourage local companies to participate in security by arranging distinguished visitor seminars, sponsoring colloquia, conferences, and workshops in the area of cybersecurity.

The 14th annual Cyber Security Day at IUP will be held October 26, 2021. More information about the event will be available soon at the CSD page.

Programs of Study
IUP offers a BS in computer science / cybersecurity track and a minor in cybersecurity.The IUP Cybersecurity curriculum is an NSA-validated Program of Study (PoS) and IUP is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Scholarships and other unique opportunities are available to our students.

Activities
The Institute for Cyber Security, in collaboration with IT Services and other departments, actively promotes cybersecurity awareness throughout the year. Representative activities include Cyber Security Day, Cyber Security Club, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Outreach to Community Colleges, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions on issues of national cybersecurity.

Research and Student Work
Faculty affiliated with the Institute are actively involved research in various cybersecurity, including IoT security, national cybersecurity strategy, intrusion detection, multimedia security, and cloud computing. Students in their studies complete several research papers and presentations in numerous cybersecurity topics.

Resources
The Institute for Cyber Security, together with the IUP Library and IT Support Services, provide links to numerous resources on cybersecurity and related fields.

News

Call for Participation for WICYS 2022 Annual Conference

Join Women in CyberSecurity to showcase the wide variety of talents of a diverse group of cybersecurity professionals on a global stage and impact more women to join or advance in the field.

NSA Cybersecurity Directorate Intern Program and Job opportunity

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

CAE Forum : Under the Hood of Quantum Computer and SARR: A Cybersecurity Metrics and Quantification Framework

Mark your calendar and come join us for CAE Forum! CAE Forum is a live, real-time, online academic forum where members of the CAE community give non-technical presentations on topics of value to the CAE community. CAE Forum is about sharing your ideas, knowledge, and expertise to empower and strengthen our community. It's that simple. CAE Forum presentations are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters.

Job Opportunity for Department of Veterans Affairs Cybersecurity

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for someone with both a cybersecurity background and an education/training background to work on two big projects.

CAE NCX Tech Talk

NCX Tech Talks are offered monthly between September and April, and offer focused instruction on the NCX scenario subjects. Instructors are NSA technical directors and experts in their field. The webinars are offered twice each month to ensure maximum participation.

Events