On Wednesday, June 21, it was announced that Georgia Southern was re-designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense (NSA CAE-CD). This was the culmination of a year-long effort to be re-designated, led by CACE Director Asst. Prof. Frank Katz, and assisted by many individuals throughout the university who provided evidence of the various requirements in the NSA CAE application. Georgia Southern’s designation is now good through academic year 2028. The certificate will be presented to GSU at a later date, most likely at a CAE regional forum.
This doesn’t mean that we will be “resting on our laurels”. Being a CAE requires constant, continual work, and the work continues even as we are very proud of our achievement.
Frank Katz, Asst. Prof. of Information Technology and Director of the Center for Applied Cyber Education, attended the NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Conference and the annual NSA-CAE (Centers of Academic Excellence) Symposium in Seattle, WA from June 6 – June 9, 2023. He attended the Symposium as Georgia Southern’s Primary Point of Contact (PoC) to the CAE Program.
On Thursday, June 8, he presented a 10 minute “Lightning Talk” entitled Student Perception of Cyber Resilience vs. Prevention, based on his previous research paper presented at the 2021 Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice (CCERP) at Kennesaw State University. The research was based on a discussion question given to students in IT 3530, Fundamentals of Information Systems Security, over a two year period. Data was updated to include student posts since 2021. Contrary to what some might believe, just over 55% of students felt that resilience, the ability to bounce back from a cyberattack, was more important than preventing one, or taking an even-handed approach.
IT (and especially our Cybersecurity) Students Win Big at the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing’s 2023 Research Symposium
Multiple Cybersecurity students took home impressive awards at the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing’s Annual 2023 Research Symposium. For the information on our students who won awards, click on this link.
The Georgia Cyber Academy is a state-sponsored consortium of home-schooled students, grades K-12. They held their annual end-of-year event on April 19, 2023 at the Fort Pulaski National Monument, which is east of Savannah on the way to Tybee Island. Georgia Southern’s Cybersecurity (CACE) as part of our Department of Information Technology, participated, promoting our program to the grades 9 – 12 students in attendance. Representing Georgia Southern and CACE were its Director, Professor Frank Katz (left), and its Associate Director, Dr. Chris Kadlec (right).
Georgia Southern will host grades 9-12 of the Georgia Cyber Academy in one of our labs on the Savannah Campus at Armstrong on September 12, 2023. During that visit, students will participate in various Cybersecurity and Cryptographic exercises.