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Brookdale Cyber Center

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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Brookdale as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

Brookdale Cyber Center

Cybersecurity threats are a growing national concern, and there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers with the hands-on skills needed to excel in the field. Worldwide, cybersecurity professionals face rapidly-evolving threats that imperil every sector of public life and the economy. This is further accelerated by the emergence of consumer artificial intelligence (AI), smart homes, wearable devices and autonomous vehicles. The parallel trend of increased connectivity of industrial control systems (ICS) linked to critical infrastructure (power plants, water treatment facilities, etc.) create new threats to national security and public safety.

Brookdale Community College is one of the more than 11,000 community colleges across the nation that serve a critical role in preparing the nation’s workforce. Brookdale has been teaching networking courses since 2000 and introduced security into the program in 2003. A 2013 grant from the National Science Foundation enabled Brookdale to add courses in Computer Forensics, Network/Perimeter Security and Ethical Hacking and develop an 18-credit certificate in cybersecurity. This certificate has also been integrated into the existing Networking program as a Cybersecurity track.

Two recent grants awarded to Brookdale Community College will provide more opportunities for students to acquire skills in cybersecurity and networking. One grant includes scholarships and stipends for four Brookdale students pursue studies in cybersecurity and to collaborate with students at two other community colleges. With the second grant, the center will host a virtual lab environment for training and to support further course additions to the curriculum. The Brookdale Cyber Center is committed to addressing the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers and to providing students with cutting-edge instruction and access to state-of-the-art hands-on experiences.

Current Items

Weekend reading 7/8/19:

Weekly Garden State Cyber Threat Highlight (8/8/19): File Sharing Phishing, El Paso/Dayton Scams and Malware, IRS Tax Security, GermanWiper Malware, etc

Garden State Cyber Threat Highlight (7/3/19) Ryuk Ransomware Infections Continue

FBI FLASH: Master Decryption Keys for GandCrab, Versions 4 through 5.2

Brookdale hosts Girls Go CyberStart Luncheon Awards – press release

SANS OUCH! July Newsletter: Got Backups?

SANS OUCH! July Newsletter: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

SANS OUCH! June Newsletter: Dark Web

SANS OUCH! May Newsletter: A Career in Cybersecurity

Upcoming Competitions: Wicked 6 Cyber Games

Brookdale Scores In Cybersecurity Competition

Executive Order on America’s Cybersecurity Workforce – published May 2, 2019

The Infosec Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship grants free enrollment into a series of three progressive, award-winning cybersecurity boot camps. Applications due August 31, 2019

Brookdale student selected as a finalist to attend the 2019 US Cyber Challenge (USCC) Eastern Regional Cyber Security Boot Camp held at Virginia Tech … more details to come

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To learn more about the Brookdale Cyber Center, please contact:

Professor Mike Qaissaunee
Department Chair, Engineering & Technology, Brookdale Community College
Director, Brookdale Cyber Center
mqaissaunee@brookdalecc.edu 732-224-2879