NEW Center for Cybersecurity Education at MassBay Opening, October 2023. The fall 2023 semester at MassBay was an historic one for its stalwart cybersecurity programs. Significant recognition and investment at the national and state level has the programs poised for new heights in the months ahead.
October 27, 2023 | MassBay Took Center Stage at the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum
Two MassBay teams took home first and third place at the first ever CyberTrust Massachusetts Cyber Range Competition Award Ceremony in the Massachusetts State House on Friday, October 27, 2023. The two teams of students were on-hand to collect their recognition at the seventh annual Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum.
The Forum is an event that brings together cybersecurity leaders from across the Commonwealth to promote the competitiveness of the state’s cybersecurity ecosystem, facilitate public and private partnerships, and highlight Massachusetts as a national leader for cybersecurity. In addition to the two Cyber Range Award winners, MassBay was represented by Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer Mike Lyons, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Cybersecurity Coordinating Committee. Mike was a panelist at the Forum on a lively discussion on, “Cyber Civil Defense in Massachusetts: Innovative Collaborations for Cyber Defense.”
October 25, 2023 | MassBay Launches New Cyber Range with $804,162 Grant from the Healey-Driscoll Administration
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler Tutwiler and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy were on hand in Wellesley as MassBay opened its brand new, state of the art Cyber Range on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. The grant announcement was previously made by Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll at the third Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit on October 5, 2023, which was organized by MassCyberCenter and served as a kickoff to Cybersecurity Awareness Month. MassBay became the third organization to be funded for a cyber range and the first to launch.
The state grant is part of the Commonwealth’s Security Operations Centers (SOC)/Cyber Range Initiative managed by the MassCyberCenter at MassTech, which supports programs that are aimed at building a new, diverse generation of cybersecurity professionals to grow the state’s workforce through education, training, and workforce development. A cyber range is a virtual environment, enabling users to hone their skills detecting, intercepting, and defending against simulated cyber-crimes. The range will bolster cyber resiliency at the local level by including SOCs. An SOC is the infrastructure that enables municipality and small business IT teams to actively monitor cyber threats and IT security vulnerabilities.
“This commitment to our cyber range and training will have a direct impact on our students and their future career success,” said MassBay computer science professor and director of the MassBay Center for Cybersecurity Education, Shamsi Moussavi. “This investment will also enable MassBay to establish essential partners in our region to fortify the overall cybersecurity necessary to compete in the modern economy.”
October 21, 2023 | Cybersecurity Festival
MassBay hosted its first ever Cybersecurity Festival at the Wellesley Hills campus for local high school and college students, their families, and adults interested in learning more about cybersecurity. Participants played cyber games, met cybersecurity faculty and students, and learned more about how cybersecurity impacts the world around us. The free, hands-on Festival enabled students to explore whether cybersecurity is a educational and/or career pathway for them, and it was a highlight of the College’s Cybersecurity Awareness month in 2023.
August 2, 2023 | White House Highlights MassBay’s Cybersecurity programs
In its release of the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy (NCWES) announcement, the White House mentioned MassBay’s cybersecurity programs specifically as a model program. With the NCWES, the Biden-Harris Administration intends to implement a “first-of-its-kind comprehensive approach aimed at addressing both immediate and long-term cyber workforce needs.” The goal of the NCWES is to make generational investments, filling hundreds of thousands of cyber job vacancies in the U.S. and strengthening our national security.
“The mention of MassBay’s cybersecurity agenda by the White House is an exciting reminder that what we are doing here at MassBay is a national priority,” said MassBay President David Podell. “The hands-on cybersecurity skills education we provide is being recognized by the White House because it strengthens our nation’s workforce, lifts people into jobs with good wages and upward mobility, and because it fortifies our industries, government, and communities against the growing cyber threats of today. It is a proud day for our students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and supporters – we are committed to continuing to grow our capacity for high-quality, practical training right here in the MetroWest.”
June 27 + 29, 2023 | Free Cybersecurity Workshop for High School Students
As part of its commitment to establishing partnerships in the region, MassBay invited high school students to its Wellesley Hills campus for a free cybersecurity workshop designed to grow their skills and introduce a potential educational and/or career pathway.
The workshop covered general cybersecurity principles, an engaging hands-on lab activity, and guidance from experienced cybersecurity professionals. Students tackled hands-on cybersecurity lab activities, solving puzzles of identifying and fixing cyber-attacks created specifically for the students.
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