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Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Two Richland College Students Win $500 Scholarships from Cyber FastTrack Program

After completing several challenges during a period of five months, Richland College cyber security students Clayton Barbier and Reuben Seward each won $500 scholarships and made it to the semi-finals of Cyber FastTrack, advancing further than thousands of other students from universities and colleges around the country.

Cyber FastTrack is a free online cyber security challenge used to identify highly talented college students with a desire to enter the cyber workforce and provide them with the practical skills employers require.

Barbier and Seward participated in the CyberStart Assess challenge from April 5-May 10, the CyberStart Game from May 20-June 28 and the CyberStart Essentials from July 10-September 16. They completed challenges in forensics, intrusion detection, security operations, system and network penetration testing and application penetration testing.

Of the 13,289 students who started the program, only 2,579 made it to the quarter-finals and were invited to the CyberStart Game. They had five weeks to demonstrate their skills in more than 252 cyber security challenges, ranging from cryptography puzzles to advanced reverse engineering problems. From there, only 541 made it to the semi-finals. Those students gained access to CyberStart Essentials, an innovative online course that helps students achieve proficiency in the most valuable foundations of cyber security through hands-on exercise, quizzes, interactive labs and exams.

Richland College was designated as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center in 2014. The goal of the program is to bring the latest technology and a vendor-neutral education, where instruction breaks away from traditional information technology training methods. Because independent thinking and problem solving are encouraged, students complete hands-on lab work and participate in collegiate competitions such as CCDC, National Cyber League and the Black T-Shirt Challenge. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce with technician-level skills and will be ready to complete industry certifications. Learn more by visiting www.richlandcollege.edu/cybersecurity.

For more information about Cyber FastTrack, visit www.cyber-fasttrack.org.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Info Session for Cyber Security Bachelor’s Degree Partnership with NEC, Apr. 30

Richland College and New England College recently partnered to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. Students can transfer their A.A.S. in Cyber Security from Richland College to a bachelor’s degree from NEC without having to leave Richland College.

Interested students can learn more about this partnership at an information session from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 30, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.

This unique partnership will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program by continuing to take classes on the Richland College campus. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.

This hybrid program is designed for busy schedules and will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.

For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Info Session for NEC Cyber Security Bachelor’s Degree Partnership, Feb. 26

Richland College recently partnered with New England College to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security, and an information session is being offered for students to learn more about this opportunity.

The information session will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.

This unique opportunity will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program without having to leave Richland College. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.

Designed for busy schedules, this hybrid program will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.

For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Richland College to Host BSidesDFW, Information and Technology Unconference, Nov. 3

Security BSides Dallas – Fort Worth, an information security and technology unconference, will take place at Richland College from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Sabine Hall. This free event is organized through the cooperation of BSidesDFW, corporate sponsorships and volunteers from the hacker/maker communities.

BSides DFW fosters communication and collaboration while increasing the level of involvement and investment in the information security field. This unconference explores the fringe of information security conversations and highlights the next big thing. This event will include two speaker tracks covering various security and technology related topics. Activities include instructional workshops, a Capture-the-Flag competition and a hacker scavenger hunt.

BSidesDFW is a nonprofit organization that prepares professionals and the public with applicable data to mitigate the ever-increasing number of information security threats that permeate our modern lives. BSidesDFW’s participants are comprised of current and budding information security professionals, business executives, industry thought leaders, hobbyists and those simply curious about the hacker community. For more information, visit bsidesdfw.com.

The Richland College cyber security program brings the latest technology and a vendor-neutral education where instructors break away from traditional information technology training methods. For more information, click here.


Richland College Named a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence

Richland College recently met the requirements for designation as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE), the only institution in Texas and one of only 10 institutions in the nation to earn this distinction.

The CDFAE program develops partnerships between institutions of higher education and the government to establish standards and best practices for digital forensics students, educators, researchers and practitioners, and in doing so creates advancements in digital forensics and increases the number of qualified professionals in the fields of law enforcement, counterintelligence, national defense and legal.

“At Richland College, digital forensics is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics field, meaning we have developed a unique STEM approach with applied research,” said Zoltan Szabo, Richland College computer science faculty. “Our goal is to teach the scientific method to students in this field as it is required by the legal system for evidence production.”

By focusing on the STEM aspect of digital forensics, Richland College’s digital forensics program provides a non-traditional, research-oriented education to its students in this emerging field.

With its CDFAE designation, Richland College is recognized as a school that establishes a common core curriculum, and the designation requires in-course peer reviews of curriculum and practicum within a three-year period. Richland College also provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in digital forensics, thus giving employers the ability to confirm a candidate’s capability to apply his or her knowledge as suitable in the workplace. In addition, this Richland College program has a certifiable path to meet Department of Defense workforce requirements and national cyber education needs with respect to digital forensics, strengthening the bond among academia, government, professional organizations and the industry.

“The field of digital forensics is very rewarding for those who complete the program, as cyber security fields cannot be outsourced, offering great job security to graduates,” Szabo said.

For more information on Richland College’s digital forensics program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/forensics. For information on CDFAE, visit http://dc3.mil/cyber-training/cdfae.