SVSU CSIS Department offers Study Abroad program

The SVSU Computer Science and Information Systems Department has offered a Study Abroad program geared towards students who are interested in the new Cybersecurity Minor. The Study Abroad trip is ran in conjunction with, and will satisfy part of the requirements for, the CS232 (Cybersecurity System Administration) course. The deadline for signing up for this Study Abroad trip is December 15th, 2016.

The Study Abroad trip includes attending the BSides Las Vegas security conference in addition to the largest security conference in the world – Defcon. More information about the program, costs associated with the program, and what the trip entails can be found here:

SVSU ACM Weekly Meetings

The SVSU chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery has announced they will be holding their weekly meetings on Wednesdays starting at 4:30pm in Room SE223. The ACM weekly meetings will officially start on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Midland native graduates from SVSU, pursues top graduate program | News |

“I’m very fortunate,” said Dustyn Tubbs, set to begin in August at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently ranked by U.S. News as one of the five best schools in the nation for graduate-level computer science programs. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Tubbs earned a teaching assistantship that will pay his entire tuition.

Tubbs said he might have missed the opportunity if he hadn’t attended SVSU, where he recently received his bachelor’s degree in computer science in May.

“A lot of the successes had to do with having very good relationships with faculty members, who are there for you, for professional issues and personal issues,” he said.

“At SVSU, you are afforded opportunities to perform professional research, and that helped me a lot. To be able to say I had research experience as an undergraduate student makes me a unique applicant to a lot of institutions with graduate programs.”

One of those opportunities teamed him with Khandaker Rahman, SVSU assistant professor of computer science & information systems. Through a grant with the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, the pair researched facial recognition technology in smartphones.

Source: Midland native graduates from SVSU, pursues top graduate program | News |

Cybersecurity Minor

As previously announced, the Cybersecurity Minor has passed and is in the process of being added to the catalog and other areas on the SVSU web site. In the meantime, below are the courses, their prerequisites, and when they will be offered:

CS232 – Cybersecurity System Administration. Pre-requisite: CS105. Offered: Fall semester (starting Fall 2016).

CS233 – Cybercrime. Pre-requisite: CS232. Offered: Winter semester (starting Winter 2017).

CJ315 – Private Security. Pre-requisite: None. Offered: Fall and Winter semesters.

CS333 – Forensics. Pre-requisite: CS216 and CJ315. Offered: Fall semester (starting Fall 2017).

CS433 – Cybersecurity. Pre-requisite: CS333. Offered: Winter semester (starting Winter 2018).

Uber launches bug bounty program that pays hackers to find security issues | TechCrunch

“Most major companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook have these types of programs. In fact, Collin Greene, who helped developed this program for Uber previously worked at Facebook with HackerOne CTO Alex Rice helping set up a similar program there — it’s a small world after all.

Uber’s program has several unique components. First of all, it’s trying to be as direct as possible with researchers when it comes to ground rules and payments. Greene says one of the issues that researchers/hackers have with these programs is that the payment system can be capricious. Someone finds a bug and a negotiation commences over how valuable it its.

He says that this program is going to be crystal clear about what Uber will pay, offering up to $10,000 for a critical bug.”

Source: Uber launches bug bounty program that pays hackers to find security issues | TechCrunch

3D Printer Arrives in SE136

Saginaw Valley State University recently purchased a MakerGear M2 3D printer. It is currently undergoing testing in SE136 to assure accurate and productive printing for future use. While the printer can use either ABS or PLA for it’s printing material, we are currently using PLA (Polylactic Acid made from corn starch) and will continue using PLA as it is generally a less expensive and “greener” material compared to ABS.

Interested in seeing the 3D printer in action? You can either watch video 1 and video 2 or stop by SE136 after 2:30pm Monday through Thursday to see if something is printing.

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

“Companies cannot hire fast enough. Glassdoor, an employment site, lists more than 7,300 openings for software engineers, ahead of job openings for nurses, who are chronically in short supply. For the smaller category of data scientists, there are more than 1,200 job openings. Demand is highest in San Francisco. Nationally, the average base salary for software engineers is $100,000, and $112,000 for data scientists.”

Source: As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

FarmLogs App Helps Farmers Collect and Retrieve Data – The New York Times

Saginaw Valley State University CIS graduates, Jesse Vollmar and Brad Koch, featured in a New York Times article showcasing their FarmLogs App. And no, it’s nothing like Farmville :)

“Mr. Vollmar and Mr. Koch moved their company to Ann Arbor to be closer to the agriculture industry and to tap the University of Michigan’s vaunted computer science programs for employees. By fall 2012, FarmLogs had opened for business as a web-based data management tool and drew $1 million in seed funding from the Chicago-based Hyde Park Venture Partners. In 2014, the business received an additional $14 million from Hyde Park and other sources.”

Source: FarmLogs App Helps Farmers Collect and Retrieve Data – The New York Times

D-Link says sorry for shoddy security and sloppy patching of its routers | BetaNews

“D-Link has issued an apology to its customers for an on-going security issue with many of its routers. A problem with the Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) means that it is possible to bypass authorization and run commands with escalated privileges.

The list of routers affected by the issue is fairly lengthy, and D-Link has already issued one patch. But rather than fixing the problem, last week’s update left routers wide open to exactly the same problem. As it stands at the moment, a firmware patch is still being produced for a total of 17 routers. In the meantime, all D-Link has to offer is an apology.”

D-Link says sorry for shoddy security and sloppy patching of its routers.