This is a potential job opportunity for graduating students. The Department of Homeland Security plans to fast track the hiring of up to 1,000 new cybersecurity personnel by June, according to a notice set to be published tomorrow (11/11) in the Federal Register. Positions OK’d by the Office of Personnel Management for special Schedule A hiring authority include personnel with job duties including: Cyber risk and analysis; Cyberincident response, including analyzing malware and other vulnerabilities; Detecting and assessing cyber vulnerabilities; and Intelligence analysis, among other areas. The streamlined hiring covers positions at the GS 09-15 levels. Legislation approved by Congress last year allows DHS to speed the hiring of cyber experts, to set rates of basic pay, and to provide additional compensation, benefits, incentives, and allowances -- all perks previously extended to the Pentagon to help boost the size of its information security workforce. In March, the Defense Department was granted fast-track hiring authority of up to 3,000 personnel to build up military cyber teams. Check out the source article for this tip here.
The Spring D4CS/CAD4SCI Qualifying Exam has been scheduled to run over Winter Break, January 8-January 22, 2016. As usual we run the QUE with two bookend weekends to accomodate students who work.
Please confirm or reconfirm that you wish to take the QUE by email
to Professor Lovely. The deadline to declare you wish to take the January QUE is December 15.
D4CS is pleased to host the inaugural BSidesNYC Information/Security conference to be held at John Jay on January 16, 2016. In keeping with the BSides ethos this is a FREE conference totally run by volunteers. Check it out on the BSidesNYC website: BSidesNYC
November brings two events featuring cybercrime scholars from Australia:
A recent D4CS graduate was hired by NASA and advises that there are several digital forensics positions currently available with NASA in Mountain View, CA. They require shift work. It is likely they will consider your graduate degree as comparable to two or three years of experience. There is a referral bonus for our graduate so please check with Professor Lovely to be in touch with him if you apply. Here are the listings on monster.com:
Changes in the titles and course descriptions for FCM 710 and FCM 791 have been approved by the D4CS faculty and CUNY. The new versions do not yet appear in the catalog but are currently the official versions:
Swipe card access to the D4CS labs (6.61 and 6.67) have been updated. New and continuing students should have access to the labs. If your card has issues let Professor Lovely know by email as Public Safety will just refer you back to him.
Note: NEVER LEAVE THE LAB DOOR OPEN IF NOONE ELSE IS THERE! We found the door wide open the other day with a door stop. If that happens again all swipe cards could be disabled.
We have information about some cyber jobs and paid internships available. There is also the possibility of a work study position available with D4CS. Contact Prof Lovely by email for information.
The NSA Surveillance Project of John Jay's Cybercrime Studies Center has moved to a new, much more easily navigable website: www.cyberprivacymatters.org. Professor Schwartz and D4CS alum Aidan Booth The site aims to provide an alternative to the exclusive concern with Americans’ privacy interests that dominates discussions in the United States and to the failure to recognize that NSA surveillance is conducted in close cooperation with the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (“GCHQ”) and the intelligence agencies of the other Five Eyes Partners (Canada, New Zealand, Australia). Please check out the site and mention it to others who might be interested.
Graduate students can apply for travel funds to attend conferences. A few D4CS students have already been granted funds from this Student Government program. The deadline to apply for Spring 2015 is November 17 at 5PM. Check it out here: Student travel support
D4CS students who want accounts on the D4CS Lab network and independent access to the D4CS Labs must agree to the D4CS Lab Use Policy.
Guidelines can be found here: D4CS Lab Use Policy (provisional)