College has workshop for NSA

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Cybersecurity professor Dr. Sybil Rosado engages with Stephen Miller, director of information system and cybersecurity center of excellence at ENMU Ruidoso community college, in the NSA workshop Feb. 25 in Nail. The workshop brought cybersecurity professors from around the country to learn more about the center of academic excellence for cyber defense. Amaru Ruiz

CIS program offers courses in cyber security.

By Breonica Broussard

This college hosted the fourth annual workshop Feb. 24-27 for the National Security Agency.

The NSA certifies universities and colleges nationwide to provide coursework on their campuses.

In 2017 this college was certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense in a two-year education program.

“When an institution becomes a center for excellence in cyber security, the college or university can then work as a venue to hold events for the NSA,” Coordinator Kim Muschalek said.

In the workshop, representatives of colleges in the South-Central Region, worked together as mentors to advise and guide other institutions on becoming a center of excellence.

Information technology Professors of Middle Georgia State University Johnathan Yerby, Kevin Floyd and Nelbert St. Clair listens to an NSA agent about the center of academic excellence for cyber defense Feb. 27 in Nail. The center of academic excellence’s goal is to promote higher education towards cybersecurity. Amaru Ruiz

This region includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Other universities represented at the workshop included Tulane University, Whatcom Community College and Roosevelt University.

Once a school is certified, the institution can provide students with programs and coursework for classes in the cyber security program that is offered at the institution.

The programs that are here in cyber security include computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.

Muschalek and Troy Touchette, chair of computer information systems, communication design, music business and radio-television-broadcasting, attended the event.

“I think it gives schools the chance to interact with their peers to successfully continue teaching an important program,” Muschalek said.

The department offers degrees and certificates in Information Assurance and Cyber Security, Secure Software Development and Computer Support specialist.

“It is such a busy assembly for something that is so intricate and complicated,” Touchette said.


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