Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Need for More Cybersecurity Professionals

According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, “Our Nation’s growing dependence on cyberspace is evident all around us. From smart phones and online banking to electronic health records, social networking, and automated manufacturing, our Nation increasingly relies on cyberspace. The scientists and innovators of tomorrow also rely on cyberspace to make the discoveries and inventions that improve our lives and drive our economy. The need for a safe and secure cyberspace has never been more important.”

The emerging field of Cybersecurity is based on an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy, and standards regarding security of and operations in cyberspace. Started in the fall of 2015, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree program incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences and ethics. Required courses can be taken completely online, or through a combination of live, online and ITV classes.

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation. (www.nsa.gov)

The University of Maine System Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for academic years 2014-2019.

This designation was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the CAE-CD program. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity. The next application for designation is scheduled for fall 2018.

Student Learning Outcomes

Cybersecurity program graduates will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of computing and information technologies and use software development and security analysis tools to produce effective designs and solutions for specific cybersecurity problems within a variety of computing platforms and employing an approved secure systems development process model;
2. Identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly and professional literature relating to the fields of cybersecurity, information security, or information assurance, to help solve specific problems and to stay abreast of the rapidly changing security context;
3. Participate as an active and effective member of a project team engaged in achieving specific computer-based results or solutions;
4. Communicate, both orally and in writing, and negotiate with colleagues and other stakeholders including employees, managers, and executives. Negotiation and communication skills should also extend to all relevant external persons and organizations;
5. Demonstrate sensitivity to and sound judgment on ethical issues as they arise in information security and cyber defense and will adhere to accepted norms of professional responsibility;
6. Integrate knowledge from other disciplines, such as economics, management science, psychology and human factors, with their technical expertise to arrive at practical solutions that work successfully in real organizations;
7. Use appropriate tools to detect an attack and determine appropriate remedial action based on its progress;

“The whole goal of the program is to provide a lot of hands-on experience, so that when students graduate, they have skills that can be applied in the workplace on day one.”-Henry Felch, Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Additional Program Information:

DR. HENRY FELCH
henry.felch@maine.edu
UMA Program Coordinator for Cybersecurity,
UMA Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Computer Information Systems,
UMS Director of Maine Cybersecurity Center (MCC) and Cyber Program Chair
257 Randall Student Center
(207) 621-3371 office

D.C.S, Computer Science, Colorado Technical University, 2009
M.S., Computer Science-Computer Systems Security, Colorado Technical University, 2004
M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.Ed., Training and Development, University of Louisville, 1998
B.S., Training and Development, University of Louisville, 1997
A.S., University of Maryland, 1991

DR. BETINA TAGLE
betina.tagle@maine.edu
UMA Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Computer Information Systems
234 Randall Student Center
(207) 621-3032 office

D.C.S., Computer Science, Colorado Technical University, July 2016
M.S., IT Project Management, Capella University, April 2013
B.S., General Science, Excelsior College, October 2007
B.A., Business Administration, Frederick Taylor University, April 2006

PIERRE LAOT
pierre.laot@maine.edu
UMA Center for Cybersecurity Research (CCR), Lab Manager
246 Randall Student Center

MICHELE WEYMOUTH
michele.weymouth@maine.edu
UMA Cybersecurity, Administrative Specialist CL3
249 Randall Student Center
(207) 621-3006 office

CONTACT US: umacyber@maine.edu

Cybersecurity Resource Center (CRC)

A Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is relevant to the rapidly changing landscape of information security. UMA dedicates itself to promoting the study and advancement of Cybersecurity, with focus areas on Cyber Forensics, Information Assurance, and Network Security.

Hands-on experience is an integral part of covering the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies (e.g. hacking tools, kali linux, and servers) that secure and defend information security. Students gain experience in combating simulated cyber attacks and develop skills that can be applied immediately in the workplace.

The CRC is located on the Augusta campus in the Randall Student Center, Room 246.

UMA Cybersecurity Club provides students with an opportunity to pursue cybersecurity topics and activities that will support and enrich their education. Activities include events on and off campus, as well as work in the community. Functions include to:

  • provide programs representative of fundamental and current professional interests
    and concerns; which aid in the development of one’s professional role
  • influence cybersecurity education and practice through legislative activities as appropriate;
  • represent cybersecurity students to institutions and other organizations
    (i.e. workshops/conferences, school outreach);
  • promote and encourage students’ participation in interdisciplinary activities;
  • promote and encourage recruitment efforts, participation in student activities,
    and educational opportunities regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, color, creed,
    gender, age, lifestyle, national origin, or economic status; and
  • promote and encourage collaborative relationships with other professional
    organizations in the state and nation.

MEMBERSHIP in the Cybersecurity Club is comprised of currently enrolled UMA students.

MEETINGS will be held at least twice a semester on the Augusta campus during Fall and Spring semesters. A schedule of the meetings will be announced.

DISTANCE STUDENTS may participate via Zoom. A link to the meetings will be announced.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to join the club, please contact: Samantha Wilkins, 2018-19 President, at samantha.e.wilkins@maine.edu

UMA Cyber Moose is the competitive cybersecurity team, founded in the fall of 2017. Through national competitions, team members seek to compete nationwide and work together to improve their knowledge. The preparation for and participation in the competitions provide real world scenarios that will be helpful in becoming well-trained experts and improving their individual skills sets. This in turn will be a strong advantage in various professions.

Cyber Moose recruits students from any level in cybersecurity. Team members work together, learn from each other and challenge themselves.

National Cyber League (NCL)

The National Cyber League is an online cyber competition that tests students on different areas of cybersecurity. The competition runs twice a year, once in both the fall and spring semester, and is separated into a regular season individual competition and a post-season team competition.

Categories:

  • Open Source Intelligence – How well can you Google? Questions where all answers can be found through open data and tools.
  • Cryptography – Using tools to decipher encrypted messages or flags.
  • Password Cracking – Using tools and wordlists to crack passwords.
  • Log Analysis – Analyzing data logs to find what hackers were doing.
  • Web Application Exploitation – Finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in web applications.
  • Enumeration & Exploitation – Reverse hacking. Taking a hackers source code and looking through it to find how it works.

 

In April 2018, the Cyber Moose participated in the National Cyber League (NCL) Championship Postseason competition, finishing 14th overall out of 266 teams nationwide, and earning the highest score attributed to participants from the state of Maine.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION (NCCDC)

This competition tests each team’s ability to operate, secure, manage, and maintain a corporate network. This competition creates as closely as possible, a realistic corporate administration and security experience—giving the competitors a chance to compare their education and training against their peers and the real world challenges that await them.

NORTHEAST COLLEGIATE CYBER DEFENSE COMPETITION (NECCDC)

The Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition is the regional competition of the NCCDC. It is a travel competition held at Champlain College in Vermont. Teams participate in a qualifying round in January and invitations to the regional competition in March are given out based on those results.

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN CYBER MOOSE?

Learn New Skills – Cyber competitions test you by putting you up against real world scenarios and testing your skills. By competing in these competitions, you’ll learn new skills that will help for years to come.

Add To Your Resume – Companies want to see more than just a degree. By competing in cyber security competitions you can prove that you have the skills that they need. The NCL actually has a resume attachment that shows your proficiency in important security areas.

Test Yourself – Cyber competitions test your technology skills. You can see how you compare to the rest of the nation and help you improve. They also test your logic, rational thinking, resourcefulness, and ability to work under pressure. These are all things that are important to any job you will take.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to join the team, please contact: Pierre Laot, Team Captain or Samantha Wilkins, Co-Captain at CyberMoose@maine.edu

The UMA Cybersecurity Program seeks motivated students who are enrolled in cyber security and who are interested in the opportunity to gain some hands-on work experience, while building knowledge and skills, by supporting the Cybersecurity Resource Center (CRC), located on the Augusta campus in the Randall Student Center (RSC 246).

UMA Computer Tech II (9110)

Student will:

  • Take part in the administration of the Cybersecurity Resource Center, by connecting machines, updating machines, installing software and troubleshooting the machines.
  • Help cleanup the lab and manage its inventory.
  • Assist students using the lab and lab equipment.
  • Ensure that students using the lab respect the lab use policy.
  • Provide cybersecurity and basic computer tutoring for students with questions.

 
Eligibility Notes: To have your eligibility reviewed for work study (and other funding), UMA’s preferred application deadline for the FAFSA is March 1st. Your financial aid award must indicate that you have Federal Work-Study funds for the aid year in order to apply for this position. If you are unsure, please check with Student Financial Services.

For more information about Work Study, please refer to the UMA Student Employment Programs Handbook.

Contact: If interested, please contact UMAcyber@maine.edu

University of Maine System (UMS) Office of Information Security

Cyber Security Internship at Portland and Bangor locations
Paid position 10-15 hours per week

The UMS Information Security Office seeks motivated students who are enrolled in their third or fourth years of cyber security or related programs and who are interested in broad work experience that will prepare them for their careers in cyber security.

The Information Security Office, with offices on the USM-Portland campus and the UMA-Bangor campus, is responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data through the core information security functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover. The office touches on all aspects of information security and a number of compliance programs in supporting the seven universities.

As an intern, you will be exposed to a wide variety of technologies and tasks performed in an
information security office:

  • Use of Tenable SecurityCenter for vulnerability scanning and management
  • An introduction to Splunk for central logging of activities and use of Splunk Enterprise Security identifying and responding to threats
  • Work with Jira Service Desk to review tickets such as those produced by Anti-malware programs
  • Review of network traffic through tools such as Kentik and Wireshark
  • Review of phishing notices received from email recipients
  • Preparation of information security awareness notices and articles

You will be integrated into our team and be exposed to activities such as threat detection, training, and incident response. You will be exposed to compliance programs including: FERPA,
HIPAA, GLBA, PCI and GDPR

You may participate in interest/skills based special projects, time permitting.

This is a one-semester position, with the possibility of subsequent semesters.

Contact us at: infosecurity@maine.edu or (207) 581-9105

Make a Difference

With billions of dollars in global losses due to cybersecurity exploits, the need for trained experts is growing at an astonishing rate. The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program will prepare you for career opportunities or advanced education in the Cybersecurity field including positions in security analysis, information assurance, digital forensics, intelligence, and cyber defense to name a few. Graduates with a B.S. in Cybersecurity will be prepared to fill these new positions.