Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center

CFIC's First Newsletter

I hope you have had a fantastic beginning to this new year! As the first quarter of this new year has come and gone we wanted to show you just a glimpse at what the CFIC has been hard at work accomplishing. From leading organizations to compete in hackathon competitions to hosting speakers to offer seminar presentations on topics important for students, faculty, staff, and community and industrial partners to engage in, it has been a thrilling 2019 to say the least.

I would like to encourage you to take a look at the work we have been doing and if at any point in the future you think of a way that we can be of assistance, or if you would like more information on any graduate programs please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally.

I look forward to what the rest of this year has to offer, and I wish you a very successful 2019!

Sincerely,

Wm. Bradley Glisson, Ph.D.

Cyber Fast Track

Governor Greg Abbott recently issued a press release about Texas’ partnership with the SANS Institute on an exciting program called Cyber Fast Track. Cyber Fast Track is a free and unique three-stage program that will help college students discover if they have what it takes to make a difference in cybersecurity. This all-inclusive program, which starts in April 2019, will provide students with everything they need to build their knowledge of the foundations of cybersecurity. Once they have proven excellence in those foundations, they can move on to master forensics, intrusion detection, security operations, system and network penetration testing and application penetration testing. Designed by world-leaders in the field of cybersecurity, this program provides an unprecedented opportunity for students to fast track their career in cybersecurity.

Students who excel in all aspects of the program will be awarded scholarships to advanced cybersecurity courses and industry-respected certifications from the SANS Institute, a leader in cybersecurity education and research. Students who score well but do not win full scholarships will be included in a drawing for 200 scholarships of $500 each to use at their colleges.

Students can learn more about the program at https://www.cyber-fasttrack.org/.

HICSS 53 *Call for papers*

HICSS 53 (January 7-10, 2020) will be here before you know it! Start thinking about your papers for the Cybersecurity Investigations and Digital Forensics Mini-track within the Software Technology Track. Please contact the Mini-track Chair, Dr. Brad Glisson with any questions @ glisson@shsu.edu.

As technology is incorporated into more aspects of daily life, cybersecurity and digital forensics evolve and diversify. This results in the need to develop innovative managerial, technological and strategic solutions. Hence, a variety of responses are needed to address the resulting concerns. There is a need to research a) technology investigations, b) technical integration and solution impact, c) the abuse of technology through attacks along with d) the effective analysis and evaluation of proposed solutions. Identifying and validating technical solutions to access data from new technologies, investigating the impact that these solutions have on the industry, and understanding how technologies can be abused is crucial to the viability of commercial, government, and legal communities.

We welcome new, original ideas from people in academia, industry, government, and law enforcement who are interested in sharing their results, knowledge, and experience. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Anti-forensics techniques and solutions
  • “Big Data” investigations – collection, analysis, and visualization of “Big Data” related to security incident and digital forensic investigations
  • Data/information dissemination about threats, attacks, and incidents resulting from security incident investigations
  • Device investigations that assist with the recovery and reconstruction of digital artifacts
  • Digital evidence recovery, storage, preservation, and memory analysis
  • Event reconstruction approaches and techniques
  • Forensic investigations involving cloud and virtualized environments
  • Forensic investigations within emerging domains such as transportation systems, industrial control systems, and SCADA
  • Investigations related to mobile devices, embedded systems, or Internet of Things (IoT) devices
  • Malware analysis and the investigation of targeted attacks
  • Network investigations – collection, analysis, and visualization of network forensic data
  • Privacy implications related to security incident response and digital forensic investigations
  • Research in security incident management
  • Situational awareness related to security incident response
  • The impact of digital evidence on the legal system

The above list is suggestive, and authors are encouraged to contact the minitrack chairs to discuss related topics and their suitability for submission to this minitrack.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:
William Glisson (Primary Contact)
Sam Houston State University
glisson@shsu.edu

George Grispos
University of Nebraska at Omaha
ggrispos@unomaha.edu

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
University of Texas at San Antonio
raymond.choo@utsa.edu

Fall 18 Robotics Workshop

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The Department of Computer Science at SHSU periodically supports Robotic Workshops for middle school students. The first workshop took place in 2015. These workshops strive to initiate interest in computer science concepts at an early age. Dr. Li-Jen Lester organizes and supports this initiative in the Department of Computer Science. The most recent workshop took place in November 2018.

Dr. Li-Jen Lester recruited six seniors in her COSC4349, Professionalism and Ethics class, to be trained as instructors and mentors. These students helped to deliver the robotics hardware aspects of the curriculum. The assistance helps guide the middle schoolers when they are building their team vehicle. This workshop focused on the hardware aspects of building a robot. The middle schoolers have already inquired about coming back again next semester to continue developing their robots through software development.

The impact of this workshop is not only to motivate middle schooler desires from a technology perspective but also to encourage our college students to make a difference in the community. These mentors fulfilled the motto of SHSU: "The measure of a life is its service!"