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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

LU Qualifies for 2018 MACCDC Regionals

On Feb.12, 2018, the Liberty University Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC) student team once again qualified to participate in the Regional Competition at John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in March. This is the fifth year in a row that Liberty University will be sending a team to compete in the Regional Competition.

To qualify, the current Liberty University student team had to finish among the top 8 of over 30 highly competitive collegiate cyber teams. 

The Liberty University team of 8 primary and 2 alternate student members began forming as a team prior to the end of the Fall 2017 semester, then spent the semester break researching and formulating a defensive plan. 

Prior to the Spring 2018 semester and continuing until the qualification round, the team members conducted hundreds of hours of research and lab practice in their assigned area of specialization. At the beginning of the semester, the team began meeting in the Eagle’s Nest located in the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences to practice the communications and coordination critical for the successful execution of their plan.

For 5 hours on the evening of Feb. 12,  2018, the team was sequestered in the Eagles Nest, a Demoss lab, along with a volunteer Remote Site Judge, several pizzas, and lots of soda as they defended their assigned computer system assets against a determined attacking Red-Team. 

Their efforts earned them a well done from the Red-Team!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Program has first class of graduates

Liberty University hosted its 43rd commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, VA on May 14, 2016. Campus was flooded with an estimated 35,000 guests, while the university recognized its largest class of 19,430 graduates. The School of Engineering & Computational Sciences exhibited this growth, almost doubling in the number of graduates from 2015. During the Engineering & Computational Sciences degree ceremony, the first class of Master of Science in Cyber Security graduates walked across the stage. The program saw 28 students complete the coursework during Fall 2015-Spring 2016. Another 12 graduates are anticipated at the completion of the summer terms. 

The Master of Science in Cyber Security began in Fall 2014. The coursework covers the theoretical background of cyber security and integrates opportunities for hands-on experience through lab exercises designed by experts in the field of computer and network security. Graduates are equipped for a variety of jobs, including digital forensics analyst, security engineer, penetration tester/ethical hacker, secure network engineer and more. 

We would like to congratulate all of Liberty University’s class of 2016 and especially the hard work and dedication shown by the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences graduates. 

 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Security Awareness Seminar

Are you #CyberAware? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In celebration, Liberty University's Computational Sciences department is holding a Security Awareness Seminar on Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3400 (the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences Atrium). Come and learn more about securing your personal information in our connected age. This is a free event and open to the public.

The Computational Sciences department is committed to promoting security awareness through this seminar and other educational opportunities. In the fall of 2014, the department offered the online Master of Science in Cyber Security program for the first time and this fall 2015, the residential Bachelor of Science in Computer Science introduced a Cyber Security cognate. The School of Engineering & Computational Sciences also houses the Center for Cyber Security, whose vision is the promotion of cyber security awareness throughout the University and surrounding region. The department is focused on training Christian professionals for this evolving field, as well as helping to cultivate a safer internet for everyone through awareness events.

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