Just a follow-up to the fairly new NSA National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations program and the initially-tapped schools posts a while ago… Along with Northeastern University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Dakota State University, one of chosen institutions was the University of Tulsa and we found this recent story in the LA Times that we thought some might be interested in. Yeah, most of the students who graduate from the two-year program head to the NSA, CIA, FBI, or other government agencies but some pick up positions in the commercial world as well.
It looks like a great program for those who want to head out to Oklahoma for a stint, hold a US citizenship, and are able to obtain a TS or higher clearance. And it’s not just tailored to those early in their careers. Student ages range from 18 to 63 with many of the older students coming from retired military or those seeking to start a second career.
TULSA, Okla. — Jim Thavisay is secretly stalking one of his classmates. And one of them is spying on him.
“I have an idea who it is, but I’m not 100% sure yet,” said Thavisay, a 25-year-old former casino blackjack dealer.
Stalking is part of the curriculum in the Cyber Corps, an unusual two-year program at the University of Tulsa that teaches students how to spy in cyberspace, the latest frontier in espionage.
Students learn not only how to rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook. They also are taught to write computer viruses, hack digital networks, crack passwords, plant listening devices and mine data from broken cellphones and flash drives.
It may sound like a Jason Bourne movie, but the little-known program has funneled most of its graduates to the CIA and the Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which conducts America’s digital spying. Other graduates have taken positions with the FBI, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security.
The need for stronger cyber-defense — and offense — was highlighted when Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned in an Oct. 11 speech that a “a cyber-terrorist attack could paralyze the nation,” and that America needs experts to tackle the growing threat.
Anyone out there happen to go through the Cyber Corps program? How was it? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from CollegeProfiles.com. See ya!