Assumption University Center for Cybersecurity
The mission of the Assumption University Center for Cybersecurity (AUCC) is to promote, coordinate, and implement education, research and innovation in Cyber Defense Education (CDE).
Participation in AUCC educational endeavors is open to faculty, students, cybersecurity scholars, and students from diverse disciplines and underrepresented populations. A specific goal of AUCC is to involve undergraduate students in CDE enrichment in all its forms.
The AUCC exists to:
- Offer coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity that aligns with National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards as defined by the National Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) Cyber Defense Education (CDE) Program.
- Increase minority participation in CDE related careers.
- Support university initiatives and projects related to CDE and Cybersecurity.
- Establish a program of research in Cybersecurity.
- Serve as a local, regional, and national resource for CDE resources.
In the News:
- Worcester Magazine: Education: The Innovation Roundup
- Assumption to Empower Underrepresented and Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders
- O’Reilly ’21 Gaining Hands-on Experience through Cybersecurity Internship
- Prof. Albert Discusses Assumption’s Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Program
- Cybersecurity Program Joins Extensive Network of Business, Government Agencies, and More
Earn a BS in Cybersecurity
In addition to its Center for Cybersecurity, Assumption University offers two options for earning a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, an on-campus program and a fully online program through Continuing & Career Education. The programs are educating the next generation of leaders and architects in cybersecurity, who possess technical expertise and practical training to help secure, develop, and sustain the cyberspace ecosystem.
Assumption University Center for Cybersecurity
In the News:
Assumption University Resources:
- Information Security Resources
- Computer and Network Use Policies
- Password Strength Demonstration
- More coming soon
"Live" Cybersecurity Threat Maps:
- Massachusetts Cyber Security: A collection of resources offered by state government.
- Massachusetts Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Resources: Get the information you need to keep your personal or business information secure.
- Report a suspected cybersecurity threat: for Massachusetts state employees.
- NSA/DHS CAE Northeast Regional Resource Center: Performs outreach and builds relationships with educational institutions in the region
- MassCyberCenter Municipal Cybersecurity Toolkit
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences: A professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system.
- CAE Community: A portal for recognized Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberseccurity.
- California Cyber Hub: A catalog of active and past cyber training and competition opportunities.
- Check Point Software: Leading cyber security products for mobile security, data centers, and next generation threat prevention.
- Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE): A detailed list of publicly known cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
- National Vulnerability Database (NVD): A collection of known vulnerabilities shared to raise awareness and cybersecurity.
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Mission is to secure the nation from the many threats we face.
- DHS Stop, Think, Connect Toolkit: Provides informative educational cybersecurity resources for all segments of the community.
- FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): Provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning suspected Internet-facilitated criminal activity and to develop effective alliances with law enforcement and industry partners.
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Aims to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.
- National Security Agency/Central Security Services (NSA/CSS): Leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses cybersecurity products and services in order to gain a decision advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.
- National Cyber Watch Center: A consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.
- The CERT Division: Anticipating and Solving the Nation’s Cybersecurity Challenges.
- Threat Cloud: Live Cyber Attack Threat Map.
- Digital Attack Map: This Google Jigsaw project displays to most powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks happening now.
- United States - Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): The Nation’s flagship cyber defense, incident response, and operational integration center.
- RSA: Security solutions to address cyber threats.
- Shodan: Explore the Internet of Things (IoT).
- Symantec: Global Leader in Next-Generation Cyber Security.
- CISCO: Worldwide leader in IT and networking.
- Cyber Careers Heat Map: Provides a granular snapshot of demand and supply data for cybersecurity jobs.
- CyberCareers.Gov: Supports identification of existing and forward-leaning strategies that help the Federal Government build a cybersecurity workforce pipeline; and recruit, hire, develop, and retain top talent.
- National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS): Connects Government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers throughout the Nation
- NSA Day of Cyber: An interactive, self-guided, and fully-automated cybersecurity career experience.
- TITANS: Technical Internships to Advance National Security.
Professional Development Resources:
- CERT Insider Threat Certificates
- CISCO Career Certifications
- Check Point Training and Certifications
- CompTIA Certifications
- FISMA Certification
- International Info System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) Inc. Certifications
- ISACA Certifications
- Microsoft Security Certifications
- RSA Cybersecurity Training and Certifications
- SANS Information Security Training Opportunities
- Symantec Certification Program
Education & Research Resources:
- CybrScore: Cybersecurity and IT assessment tool.
- DETERlab: Offers hands-on security education.
- Cyber Patriot: A National youth cyber education program and competition.
- FREE Cybersecurity Training for Veterans: Online, on-demand training center for veterans.
- OWASP Hacking Lab: Provides free remote security (web) challenges and riddles.
- SEED project and Labs: A collection of hands-on laboratory exercises (called SEED labs) for computer and information security education.
- Towson University's #CYBER4ALL: A collection of cybersecurity resources.
- Other FREE Resources
Cybersecurity News Sources:
- Cyber Wire Event Tracker: A free, community-driven cyber security news service based in Baltimore.
- Inside Cyber Security: A must-read coverage of the emerging cyber agenda for the new administration and in Congress.
- Homeland Security News Wire: Strategic Communications for Government Security and Defense.
- Security Week: Internet and Enterprise Security News, Insights and Analysis.
- Tech News World Cybersecurity: Information on the Latest Technology Developments in Cybersecurity.
- National Cyber Watch: Creating a culture of collaboration through coordination of a broad national network of networks.
- Security News Port: Gathers the latest news on security, viruses, Trojans, hackers, hackings and other things of interest to security professionals.
- IT Security Portal: Highlights the latest IT, computer and network security articles and news.
- Security Focus: A comprehensive source of security information on the Internet.
- The Hacker News: Features latest cyber security news and in-depth coverage of current as well as future trends in Infosec and how they are shaping the cyber world.
Professor Raymond T. Albert is Director of Cybersecurity Program and Professor of Practice at Assumption University and has formerly served as Director of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) at the University of Southern Maine (USM). Ray previously served as Chair of the Division of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) during which time he orchestrated the effort to achieve program accreditation under the auspices of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). While at UMFK, he also successfully orchestrated and led a multi-campus initiative to attain National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognition of the distributed University of Maine System (UMS) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education. He now serves as a program reviewer for other institutions seeking recognition. Ray has also served the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) as an on-site evaluator for higher education institutions in New England. In 2007, both chambers of the Maine State Legislature passed a legislative sentiment recognizing his work in higher education in the St. John Valley. The proclamation was sponsored, and later presented to Albert, by Fort Kent area Representative Troy Jackson and Senator John Martin. Ray's industry experience includes serving NASA - Johnson Space Center as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer on its Space Station Freedom Project, Macro Development Corporation as a software developer, and QualityQuest, LLC as a CEO.