Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Students Being Trained In Dealing With Cyber Threats

Date:
September 14, 2004
Source:
University Of Washington
Summary:
With hacking, spam and computer viruses disrupting more businesses and even threatening national security, three area colleges will launch a new program to train experts in countering such cyber-threats.

With hacking, spam and computer viruses disrupting more businesses and even threatening national security, three area colleges will launch a new program to train experts in countering such cyber-threats.

The colleges, using a combined $270,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, will offer six classes that include hands-on training in thwarting computer attacks--such as examining actual hard drives of computers that have been invaded.

Students in the program can earn a certificate in the fledgling field of computer forensics from Highline Community College, Seattle University and the University of Washington.

Critical infrastructures of the nation's society and economy are increasingly dependent on the Internet, which is vulnerable to attack, says program co-founder Dave Dittrich, a researcher at the University of Washington's Information School.

"Attacker tools have increased in power and sophistication," Dittrich says, "and any network in the world could be taken off-line for days, maybe even weeks. Part of the problem is a lack of skilled computer-forensics experts who can quickly analyze disks and network traffic to identify threats and gather evidence."

By collaborating, the institutions can quickly create the Computer Security/Forensics certificate program. The UW will develop the forensic software tools, and Highline and SU will test the tools and develop the corresponding curricula.

Three of the classes in the six-course program are already offered at the institutions as part of other programs: Highline has an introductory course in computer forensics (CIS 155: PC Analysis and Configuration) and Seattle University offers CSSE592: Computer Forensics as well as CSSE591: Information Assurance. The new classes will be created and offered by the three institutions jointly. Faculty will teach these classes at their respective institutions and, as needed, at the other two.

"What makes this project unique is when we are developing the classroom software tools we will be obtaining disk images from actual compromised drives for student use. That has not been done before," says Amelia Phillips, a faculty member in Highline's Computer Information Systems/Computer Science department and co-founder of the program. "Students need hands-on experience to learn digital forensics techniques. It's not something you learn strictly from a book." Highline is the lead institution in the grant.

Approximately 30 students are expected to enroll in the program at each institution during the funding period; enrollment is expected to quickly increase after the program is fully in place. Students can complete the program in one to 1.5 years depending upon whether they attend school full or part time.

"By combining skills found in each of our institutions, we can more readily meet demand for computer forensics training. There is no program like it in the country. Part of our grant commitment will be to share curriculum we develop with others," says Seattle University's Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, one of the principal investigators on the grant.

Once the curricula and tools have been developed and piloted for the program, they will be refined for broad dissemination to other schools and faculty.

The estimated awards are $117,416 for Highline, $70,870 for Seattle University and $81,458 for the University of Washington.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of Washington. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of Washington. "Students Being Trained In Dealing With Cyber Threats." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 September 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040913084401.htm>.
University Of Washington. (2004, September 14). Students Being Trained In Dealing With Cyber Threats. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 26, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040913084401.htm
University Of Washington. "Students Being Trained In Dealing With Cyber Threats." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/09/040913084401.htm (accessed July 26, 2014).

Share This




More Computers & Math News

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites

Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites

AP (July 25, 2014) Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship has launched a self-guided mobile tour app to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta. (July 25) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Bill Gates: Health, Agriculture Key to Africa's Development

Bill Gates: Health, Agriculture Key to Africa's Development

AFP (July 24, 2014) Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia. Duration: 00:36 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers

Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers

AP (July 24, 2014) Mobile phone companies and communities across the country are going to new lengths to disguise those unsightly cellphone towers. From a church bell tower to a flagpole, even a pencil, some towers are trying to make a point. (July 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

AP (July 23, 2014) 'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk. (July 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins