Cybersecurity Training Opportunity

The Department of Computer Science is offering Marquette University students, independent of academic program or college affiliation, an opportunity to apply for training in cybersecurity. Through a grant provided to the Department of Computer Science by ULINE, students will be provided 1-year unlimited access to the Infosec Skills training platform. The Infosec skills training platform provides more than 600 courses, 160 online labs, and 1,000 hours of online training. Access to training will be administered through the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense. See this link for further information,

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

140 attendees registered for our 5th annual Colloquium on Cyber Security Awareness

Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart

October 9, 2020 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM (a virtual meeting)

Theme: Cyber resilience takes people with awareness, knowledge, and skills. This theme was the emphasis throughout the sessions of the event. People must be equipped with understanding to #BeCyberSmart.

Audience: The audience included

  • individuals interested in any aspects of cybersecurity who wish to #BeCyberSmart
  • professionals in various industries and roles that span information owners, risk and compliance mangers, and cybersecurity pros who want to help their communities to #BeCyberSmart
  • Wisconsin SIM was a co-sponsor and the Milwaukee chapter of ISACA and the Milwaukee Section of IEEE helped to promote this event with their memberships

Format: Do You Part #BeCyberSmart was a virtual meeting that featured the following:

  • an opening Executive Engagement panel
  • two parallel exercise sessions for attendees to develop personal action plans
  • five parallel sessions to discuss important topics in cybersecurity awareness.

Complete details about the program an be found by clicking here.

Presenter & panels: Panelists for the Executive Engagement session included experienced executives with a passion for cybersecurity David Cagigal (former CIO for the State of Wisconsin), Ariel Evans (best-selling author and Risk Management expert), Angela Johnson (CISO at Children's Hospital Wisconsin), and Steve Thomas (VP, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Kohl's). The Executive Engagement panel will be followed by two parallel attendee exercises to develop personal action plans and then include five parallel panel sessions on the following topics:

  1. Education Opportunities to pursue careers,
  2. Government Policies (including election security),
  3. a vendor panel on Innovation in Awareness products and services,
  4. awareness of Regulations & Compliance including the new CA regulation,
  5. topics of interest to Women in Cybersecurity

Bio-sketches of panelists and other details about the event are available at this link.

140 attendees registered for various sessions and obtained session-designated tickets ahead of time for the panels of interest. The event was hosted on Teams.


2nd Annual Cyber Career Awareness Meetup

Pizza and Cyber Career Stories

On February 4, 2020, with the help of Career Services Center, the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense sponsored a cybersecurity career awareness event.

The event featured a few short career stories and lots of time for networking. All majors on campus were invited and almost 100 students attended. There were about 40 professionals there that got engaged in the networking.

4th Annual Colloquium on Cyber Security Awareness


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the theme this year is Own it, Protect it, Secure it.

On October 11, 2019, the annual colloquium was held at the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union. After an introduction by Dr. Heather Hathaway, Dean Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Keynote Speaker Dr. Blair Taylor, Towson University and Subject Matter Expert on strategies to increase the cybersecurity pipeline, spoke on Cyber Security Education for All.

After a break, a panel discussed the need for cyber security education. Participants in the panel were Dr Blair Taylor, Mr. David Cagigal, CIO State of Wisconsin, Mr. Byron Franz, Private Sector Coordinator, FBI Mr. Daniel Eliot, Director Education & Strategic Initiatives, National Cybersecurity Alliance.

The panel was followed by "Lightning talks" on Cyber Security Awareness efforts by advisory companies and attendees,.

Keynote speaker Dr. Blair Taylor is an award-winning educator with 20+ years’ experience in academia. She is a national expert in cybersecurity education and curriculum development. She is a faculty member in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University, where she has led numerous funded projects. Her work includes Security Injections @ Towson, which provides security modules for integrating security across the curriculum; it is a national model for teaching secure coding to introductory programming students, and SPLASH, which offers Secure Programming Logic for college credit to high school girls.

The program was sponsored by ULINE, the Marquette University Department of Computer Science and the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense

4th Annual Symposium on the Ethics of Big Data

The annual Symposium on the Ethics of Big Data brings together business and academic leaders interested in examining the implications of bias in analysis, privacy issues in collecting data, and unintended consequences of decision support analysis. The fourth annual symposium was scheduled to coincide with Data Privacy Day, an international observance of the importance of being the custodians of privacy. A snow storm forced delay of the event. It was held May 1, 2019.

The event was organized by the keynote presenter, Dr. Michael Zimmer, an internationally recognized leader in the investigation of data privacy.

'We clearly have entered the era of big data. Armed with petabytes of transaction data, clickstreams and cookie logs, as well as data from social networks, mobile phones, and the "internet of things," a wide range of economic interests, including marketing, health care, manufacturing, education, and government, are now in pursuit of the value of data-driven decision-making. Alongside this increased thirst for big data is an increased public weariness of constant monitoring by internet providers, smart speakers, and GPS chips. Weekly news stories of data breaches, the limitations of data anonymization, and creepy secondary uses of data only add to the public’s anxiety over big data.

The event focused on the privacy implications of big data across a range of contexts, including learning analytics, researcher data practices, and big data research ethics. The symposium had endorsement by the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute and was held on May 1, 2019 at the new Cream City Labs, home to the institute.

2nd Annual Cyber Risks, Trends, Predictions

The mission of the Marquette University Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense includes providing cybersecurity knowledge to the community and the university. To inform the community and the university about current cyber risks and defenses on April 20, 2019 we hosted the 2nd annual CYBER RISK, TRENDS, PREDICTIONS. This event, created at the suggestion of our advisory council, presented insights from cybersecurity experts who are leading the efforts inside several premier cybersecurity organizations. The event was designed to equip cybersecurity leadership with knowledge of cyber trends and prediction to help them protect, detect, and respond to threats in their organizations.

The presenters an panels included, Annie O'Leary, Assistant VP in AON's Cyber Solutions Group, Bilal Malik, Stroz Friedburg Senior Consultant, Che Bhatia, a VP in the Stroz Friedburg Resilience practice, Jason Madey is a core member of Carbon Black’s Cybersecurity Strategist “Howlers” team and Josh Yost, System Engineering Manager Palo Alto Networks.

Prior Activity


During summer of 2019, Marquette with the support of KOHL'S held two summer camps for K12 students. One of thee focused on middle school students and the other on high school students. A graduate student in the department designed and conducted these camps. GenCyber responds to a recognized need to develop cybersecurity awareness and teach sound cybersecurity fundamentals at the K-12 levels. The program achieves this by providing grants to universities, public or private schools or schools systems, not-for-profit institutions, or non-profit institutions to conduct in-residence or commuter learning events for students; and providing instruction, instructional materials, and effective teaching methods to middle and high school teachers. Through the support of the national program we hosted a GenCyber camp on July 30, 2018 Through August 3,2018 in Cudahy Hall. home to computer science and cyber security.


Cyber security incidents and scams catch the attention of local media outlets. Faculty from the center have provided expert opinion about these incidents and advice about defenses to the public with the help of the media.