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Cybersecurity workshop draws students of various stripes from across state

Students, law enforcement officers, military personnel and others are congregating at the Anderson School of Management this week for a seminar about cybersecurity fundamentals... Read more from the Daily Lobo's article...

UNM GenCyber: Desert Cyber Sentinels Camp on Morning Brew

UNM GenCyber: Desert Cyber Sentinels Camp

Watch Anderson'sDr. Steve Burd discuss the UNM GenCyber Camp on KRQE.

UNM Anderson's MS ISA has 100% Job Placement

Albuquerque Business First published an article on UNM Anderson's MS ISA program and the success in placing program graduates in cybersecurity and data analytics positions across the country. To read more, click here.

UNM GenCyber: Desert Cyber Sentinels Camp

UNM will host a 2015 cybersecurity summer camp for high school students. The two week camp will be held on UNM’s main campus July 13-17 and 20-24. Topics include information security principles, digital forensics, and a visit to the FBI Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. To learn more about the program, click here.

Apply for the Metro Law Enforcement Internship Program

Graduate accounting students with a concentration in Information Assurance have an opportunity to work with the white collar crime unit of either the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sherrif's Department. To learn more about the program, and how to apply, click here.

Finding a Digital Needle in a Haystack

Corey Reitz from Sandia National Labs will be providing a high-level overview of the considerations and steps taken to effectively collect, process, and produce data in a defensible manner for e-discovery or investigative purposes. Please join the UNM ACFE Student Chapter for an eye-opening presentation. To RSVP or learn more, click here.

NMTC Scholarship Available for a Woman in Tech

The New Mexico Technology Council’s annual Women in Tech Celebration is fast approaching. We are so excited to announce that our application for a $5,000 scholarship is now open! Requirements and application available here...

Dr. Robert Luo Featured On KRQE to Provide Insights on Ransomware

Dr. Luo Anderson School of Management professor Dr. Robert (Xin) Luo was interviewed by KRQE-TV Investigative Reporter Matt Grubs regarding Ransomware, a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Dr. Luo has published a paper on Ransomware.

The story featuring Dr. Luo will air Wednesday, February 4th at 10pm on KRQE-TV Channel 13.

Dr. Rich Brody is Featured in a Video Series Spotlighting Notable UNM Personnel

Dr. Brody UNM Anderson professor Dr. Rich Brody is featured in a video series spotlighting notable UNM personnel. The video series will be broadcast at the Pit during sporting events and is now available for viewing on YouTube. In the video, Dr. Brody briefly discusses his investigation and research of red-collar crime.

Human Centric Security (HuCS) Initiative Kickoff on NOV 14 at noon

This joint institute will develop innovative and disruptive technologies, systems and processes to ensure that people are protected and empowered and train the next generation of security engineers, managers and researchers. Learn more about the kickoff and keynote on NOV 14 at noon...

Researchers work to harden cyber infrastructure from WMD

"The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is funding a project by the University of New Mexico (UNM) to conduct field tests into recovery solutions for cyber-infrastructure attacks under realistic, real world conditions, including the threat of weapons of mass destruction."Read more on

Hacking for a Good Cause. High Schoolers Learn the Skills of the Bad Guys to Fight Cybercrime

About 30 high school students are getting the opportunity to learn about white hat hacking, forensics and information assurance principles through lectures, hands-on labs and gaming exercises. The camp began July 21 and continues through Aug. 1. Read more...

Ashley Manley Wins ACFE Scholarship

Anderson School of Management student Ashley Kay Manley recently won the Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The ACFE upholds the standard of professional excellence in the anti-fraud profession.Read more about Ashley's scholarship and ACFE.

Expert says CVB must follow its security protocol to prevent future fraud

Dr. Rich Brody UNM Anderson's Dr. Rich Brody discusses safeguards and checks for Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau to prevent future fraud. Read more about Dr. Brody's recommendations.

UNM Security Days on Monday and Tuesday, November 4th and 5th

UNM Security Days is an opportunity to engage UNM students to create a safe, secure, and robust cyberinfrastructure. Everyone has a role to play in cybersecurity. Constantly changing threats to personal privacy and information require the engagement of the entire campus – from staff, faculty, and most importantly, the largest group of technology users on campus, the students. Security Days is a student oriented event covering topics like Social Media security, personal privacy, and mobile device security.Learn more about UNM Security Days!

Join the Student-led Network Exploitation Security Team (NEST)

This is a campus-wide student organization consisting of graduate and undergraduate students with various backgrounds and majors.

Our purpose is to provide academic, social and training resources for those interested in the information systems field. We will also organize trips to relevant events in order to help members grow professionally and provide career opportunities. Additionally, NEST will provide service in the form of security assessments to other organizations.

Learn more and get involved today!

Students Learn to Balance Hacking and the Law

By Karen Wentworth — August 26, 2013

Students Intern for Anderson and CS This summer summer, interns from Albuquerque area high schools spent eight weeks learning how to take apart computer code and put it back together in interesting ways.

The students were recruited from local computer challenge events by UNM Associate Professor of Computer Science Jed Crandall. He hopes to build interest among high school students interested in learning more about computer science.

Crandall teamed with the Anderson School of Management's professor and UNM’s Information Assurance Research & Education Director Alex Seazzu for the class. For the first few weeks the students learned about internet privacy from Seazzu. Then they took the students on an adventure to show them how hacking works in the real world.

Read more about the summer program...

Information Assurance (IA) Students at Anderson were Strong Competitors at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC)

IA Students at 2013 RMCCDC Information Assurance (IA) students at the Anderson School of Management were strong competitors at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (RMCCDC) held at Regis University in Denver.

UNM Anderson Information Assurance Students at the 2013 RMCCDC The two day competition focused on the operational aspect of managing and protecting an existing "commercial" network infrastructure.

The competition provides a unique opportunity for students and industry professionals to interact and discuss many of the security and operational challenges the students will soon face as they enter the job market. UNM students felt this competition prepared them for the next step in their careers.

Read more about the IA students' performance...

UNM Earns CAE-R Designation as National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance

CAE-R Designatiion The National Secu­rity Agency and the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity have re-designated the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico as a National Cen­ter of Aca­d­e­mic Excel­lence in Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems Secu­rity Edu­ca­tion (CAEIAE). The Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance pro­gram, within UNM’s Ander­son School of Man­age­ment, ini­tially earned a five-year CAE des­ig­na­tion in 2007. The new des­ig­na­tion, CAE-R, which is more rig­or­ous to attain, cov­ers aca­d­e­mic years 2012 through 2017.

Read more about UNM's CAE-R designation...

UNM Accounting Professor Richard G. Brody Elected to ACFE Board of Regents

Dr. Rich Brody The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, has announced the election of Richard G. Brody to the ACFE Board of Regents.

Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown Professor of Accounting at the University of New Mexico and a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow. He is a prolific author and an expert on fraud, and was honored as the ACFE's 2012 Educator of the Year. Read more about Dr. Brody's Election to ACFE Board of Regents...

UNM's Information Assurance Program Receives $1.67 Million NSF Grant

The University of New Mexico has received a five-year, $1.67 million grant from the National Science Foundation to provide 18 scholarships for Master’s degree study in Information Assurance (IA) and cyber-security at the Anderson School of Management. The project, titled “UNM Information Assurance Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program,” is under the direction of Anderson Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Stephen Burd, and co-PI’s Alex Seazzu, director, UNM Center for Information Assurance Research and Education (CIARE), Jed Crandall, associate professor, Computer Science, and Electrical Computer Engineering Associate Provost and Chair Gregory Heileman.  Read more about the NSF grant...

The RCFL Program Opens New Laboratory in New Mexico

FBI RCFL The New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NMRCFL) officially opened on the grounds of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque today - the second RCFL physically located on a university campus, and the 16th such facility in the FBI's national network of full-service digital forensics laboratories and training centers.

RCFLs provide objective digital forensics expertise and services to law enforcement, and are devoted to the examination of digital evidence in support of federal, state and local criminal and national security investigations. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III selected the Albuquerque Division in 2008 because the local law enforcement community demonstrated wide support for an RCFL, and had a large pool of qualified personnel to staff the facility. The NMRCFL will be staffed with personnel from the FBI's Albuquerque Division, the Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police and the University of New Mexico. Read more...
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UNM's Anderson School Hosts National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign

UNM Anderson National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign If you use the Internet you will not want to miss the "STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Cyber Citizen Forum" on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the UNM Anderson School of Management. The forum features Timothy Fraser from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will elevate the issue of cybersecurity and prompt action and collaboration to increase Internet safety across the community.

Fraser is the director of the Department of Homeland Security's Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, a national public awareness effort that aims to increase the understanding of cyber threats and to empower the American public to be safer and more secure online. As part of this initiative, the Campaign promotes the expansion of the cyber workforce, including defining, attracting, and retaining cybersecurity expertise as well as outlining career path strategies. Read more about the Cyber Security Campaign...

Corporate Smartphones in Danger

Dr. Rich Brody, Darrell Banward and Kelley Hawthorne authored an article on corporate smartphones' vulnerabilities and what precautions corporations can take to better secure these devices. Read Corporate Smartphones in Danger!

New Mexico Business Weekly Articles Discuss Anderson IA Course Work and Partnership with FBI RCFL

Alex Seazzu Some experts urge businesses to prioritize cyberdefense
Global assaults on cybersystems mushroom
Law enforcement gets a boost from new FBI center

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White-collar crime can lead to violence, "red-collar crime"

Dr. Brody Dr. Rich Brody, at UNM's Anderson School of Management, was featured in the Savannah Morning News discussing how white-collar crime can lead to violence. Read more...

Dr. Rich Brody (UNM Anderson School) and Dr. Kent A. Kiehl (UNM Department of Psychology) also authored a paper and suggest that white-collar criminals do display violent tendencies and may be driven to violence against those involved in investigating their crimes. Learn more...