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National Cyber Security Month Highlights UNO Programs, Research

by Charley Reed

October is National Cyber Security Month and it starts at the Scott Conference Center, located on the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Pacific Street Campus. On Oct. 1, UNO's Information Security Office welcomes representatives from federal agencies and major companies from around the country to campus for a day-long conference and small business summit.

However, UNO's commitment to cyber security goes well beyond the summit. In fact, UNO has multiple programs, research projects and organizations dedicated to cyber security.

- In May, UNO's College of Information Science and Technology announced the approval of a Masters in Science degree in Information Assurance, which began with the Fall 2012 semester. The degree added to the offerings already provided by the College of IS&T, including a Bachelor's of Science degree in Information Assurance and graduate-level information assurance concentrations for the Masters in Computer Science and Masters in Management of Information Systems degrees as well as a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance.

- Assistant Professor Robin Gandhi has engaged in research over the last five years that is designed to stop cyberterrorism. Through the CyCast program, Gandhi and his fellow resesearchers - many of whom are students - hope to forecast cyberattacks before they hapen. In April 2011, UNO did a profile on Dr. Gandhi and his research.

- In addition to a new Masters program in information assurance, the College of IS&T houses the Nebraska University Center for Information Assurance. As such, the center has three Security Technology Education and Analysis Labratories (STEAL) that provide high-powered computers in a flexible learning envrionment.

- In July 2012, the University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute, which is housed on UNO's Pacific Street Campus was named part of a national cybersecurity task force known as the National Association of Counties (NACo). The NACo Cyberecurity Task Force is comprised of 41 members: 21 elected county commissioners, two county sheriffs, one treasurer/auditor, two State county association executives, three IT staff leaders (CIO or CISO), six private partners, five federal partners, and one university partner, the Peter Kiewit Institute.

- In June, Michael McGinnis, executive director of the Peter Kiewit Institute, was given the Vance R. Wanner Memorial Award from the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). McGinnis has been engaged with the MORS in enhancing the national security analytic community for over 40 years. His significant research projects include directing the Unit Manning Task Force and participation in the Officer Personnel Management System Task Force, both of which have greatly impacted the direction and the management of the Army.

- In December 2011, nine students from the Peter Kiewit Insitute were invited to learn modeling and simulation by immersing themselves in a leading-edge virtual world platform from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Throughout 2011, students had been developing virtual world scenarios and three-dimensional (3-D) objects that can be used to help prepare first responders and governmental organizations for the real thing thanks to a software called OLIVE (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment).


UNO Faculty in the News About Technology in 2012:

UNO Partners with Strategic Air and Space Museum for Robotic Exhibit
WOWT mentioned a partnership between UNO, UNL, UNMC and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium to present a complimentary exhibit, Innovations: Inside Nebraska Robotics, which highlights the cutting edge robotics research and development that is being done on the campuses of the University of Nebraska.

Raj Dasgutpa Talks Robots, Curiosity Landing with World-Herald
The robotics work of Raj Rasgupta, computer science, was featured in the Omaha World-Herald in advance of the landing of Curiosity, NASA's latest Mars rover.

Stacie Petter featured in Omaha World-Herald
Stacie Petter, an assistance professor of Information Systems and Qualitative Analysis, was quoted by the Omaha World-Herald about the hiring of Marissa Mayer by Yahoo!. Mayer made headlines not only as a female CEO of a technology company, but for announcing her pregnancy after the hire.

Robin Gandhi Discusses Computer Virus
Robin Gandhi, interdisciplinary informatics, was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald about a stealthy computer virus called “Flame,” which has been infiltrating Iranian computers for the last two years.

Lipschultz Talks Mobile Devices and Newspapers
Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication, was featured on the Huffington Post about the future of newspapers and the potential for streaming information over mobile devices.


October 2012 > A Closer Look at IS&T's NUCIA

October 2012 > UNO Engages Students, Community for 2012 Elections

October 2012 > National Cyber Security Month Highlights UNO Programs, Research

May 2012 > Dan McDermott Named Employee of the Year at UNO

December 2011 > Conference Tags

September 2011 > Roskens Hall: An Educator's Dream

July 2011 > Arts and Sciences Hall: UNO's Cornerstone

June 2011 > The ABCs of the Alumni House: From Adolf Storz and Mary Shirley to William H. Thompson

June 2011 > The Strauss Performing Arts Center: Making Music for Decades

May 2011 > The Durham Science Center: Theory Put Into Practice

May 2011 > The Gene Eppley Administration Building: Philanthropy at Work

April 2011 > Milo Bail Student Center: From Snack Shack to Student Center

April 2011 > UNOCCC: Twenty-Five Years of Caring

March 2011 > UNO's Libraries: A History

March 2011 > The Henningson Memorial Campanile

February 2011 > Mammel Hall

February 2011 > The Sapp Fieldhouse

January 2011 > Heydays of the Hayden House

December 2010 > UNO Faculty/Staff Earn WELCOM Light of Wellness Team Award

October 2010 > New children's financial literacy book supported by UNO alumni

August 2010 > Anna S. Forman Commencement Remarks

May 2010 > John Treinen Commencement Remarks

March 2010 > My Ties and Cliff Hillegass

January 2010 > Megan Schuster Commencement Remarks

December 2009 > Man Killed by Pheasant

November 2009 > New Molecular Modeling Lab Key to Chemistry Research Work

September 2009 > Midlands Voices: Goals of liberal arts college remain vastly important

September 2009 > Technology and Term Papers – A Photo Essay

May 2009 > USSTRATCOM Commander Hears UNO Intern Ideas on Cyber Security, Global Stability

March 2009 > Early Usage of the Kerrey Bridge: Some Empirical Findings and Thoughts on the Future

March 2009 > The End of an Era - UNO's Public Intellectuals and the Omaha World-Herald, 1997-2006

January 2009 > Going Green on Campus: Kathy Hartle Evokes Her Recycling Charge at Work

October 2008 > Zero to 65 in 80 Semesters

October 2008 > Embracing tests UNO should be praised for bucking establishment, scoring well

September 2008 > H.RES.1372: Celebrating the 100th

September 2008 > UNO Researcher Spotlighted

March 2008 > Culture on Campus

February 2008 > In Her Own Words: Technology is crucial to spurring growth

December 2007 > Pacific Street Memories

November 2007 > WISE Women

October 2007 > Vincent Empowers Teachers, Students With Technology

September 2007 > A Model of Success: UNO-Western Hills Partnership Thrives at Six Years

August 2007 > Orientation Leader Represents UNO with Exuberance

August 2007 > In His Own Words: On Summer School

July 2007 > Changing Faces

June 2007 > MVHC @ 50

May 2007 > In His Own Words: My Fulbright Year in Leipzig

February 2007 > At Your Service

December 2006 > A Job Well Done

September 2006 > Australian Finches Aid UNO Professor's Research

July 2006 > Finding His Way

May 2006 > Calming the Anxious

April 2006 > The Kid's Doing All Right

March 2006 > Shot of a Lifetime

March 2006 > Going for Four

February 2006 > Standing Tall with Sierra

January 2006 > In-Your-Face Geology

January 2006 > Religion Meets Film

January 2006 > Finding a Home Port

December 2005 > Man of the Cloth

November 2005 > Volunteer Field Work

November 2005 > Charting the Unknown

October 2005 > Developing Business Overseas

October 2005 > After The Storm

September 2005 > Building Better Officers

September 2005 > Saving the Planet

August 2005 > Making the Abstract Tangible

August 2005 > Helping Neighborhoods Help Themselves

July 2005 > Improving Health through Technology

July 2005 > Reading the Signs

June 2005 > Small Steps to a Better Life

April 2005 > Women's Walk Brings the Benefits to UNO Student-Athletes

April 2005 > Honest Art

March 2005 > Sharing The Wealth

March 2005 > Engineering His Own Masterpiece

February 2005 > Native Daughter, Native Dreams

February 2005 > Puck Stops Here

January 2005 > Stressing the Familiar

January 2005 > Connecting the Community

January 2005 > Ticket to Cooperstown

December 2004 > Spirit of the Season

December 2004 > Nicholas Stergiou: Research in Motion

fall 2004 > Alzheimer's: Caring for the Caregiver's

fall 2004 > Part of the Heart & Soul of Our Community: A message from Chancellor Belck

fall 2004 > David Hawk: All In

fall 2004 > Anadelia Lamas: Planting Roots

fall 2004 > Dean Olson: Assessing the Threat

fall 2004 > Student's Wireless Application Earns Him $25,000 Price from Microsoft

fall 2004 > Tom Warren: From the Chiefs to the Chief

fall 2004 > UNO Theatre Graduates Start Companies in Their Community

fall 2004 > Host Families Provide Welcoming Environment for Afghan Guests

fall 2004 > CADRE Project Celebrates 10 Years of Preparing Effective Educators

fall 2004 > Business Owner Raises Awareness, Funding for Real Estate Program

fall 2004 > Media Executive Chooses Omaha as Place to Build a Career and a Life

fall 2004 > UNO Partners with Metro, Takes STEP to Grow Science-Related Degrees

fall 2004 > Art Meets Technology in PKI's Student Multimedia Lab