Cybersecurity Career Preparation

Those interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity have numerous resources available to them.

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Cybersecurity Lab

The Center and the IACD specialization are supported through a lab that features cybersecurity tools offered to the university by Splunk. Splunk is a commercial leader in Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), User and Event Behavior Analysis (UEBA) using the Splunk Machine Learning Toolkit, and Security Orchestration and Automated Response (SOAR) using the Phantom product. The lab provides an opportunity for hands-on work with these prominent tools plus access to virtual machines, Kali Linux, and more. Students engaged in Professional Projects have created the SUSS (SIEM, UEBA, and SOAR in a SOC) environment that monitors lab computers used in the M.S. in Computer and Information Science program.

DoD Cyber Scholarship Opportunity

The DoD CySP scholarship for service program has released details for application for the next academic year.

The DoD CySP scholarships are very attractive with terrific benefits. The scholarships are are available to Marquette students because Marquette has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the track Master of Science in Computer and Information Science with a specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (IACD). This includes students in the Advanced Degree Program (5-yr B.S./M.S.) and our Career Change specialization.  The DoD scholarships are offered through grants to the university as part of the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP).

"The purpose of the program is to support the recruitment of new cyber talent and the retention of current highly skilled professionals within the DoD cyber workforce. Additionally, this program serves to enhance the national pipeline for the development of cyber personnel by providing grants to institutions of higher education"

These scholarships provide full tuition and a stipend that is very generous plus an internship opportunity. Follow this link for more details about the scholarship opportunity. 

Cybersecurity Jobs Heat Map and Career Pathways

The national heat map showing cybersecurity jobs has been updated with new data and other features to align with the NICE workforce framework. The CyberSeek.org portal provides access to the heat map and additional information about career pathways. This site features state and metro-area data as well as national data about positions and certifications.

NICCS (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies) recently updated its career pathways tool

Education Programs

 In addition to the program at Marquette University, there are a number of academic programs in Wisconsin offering education and training for cyber defense. Examples include the specialization in our master's degree, undergraduate concentrations within baccalaureate programs, two-year degrees, and technical certificate programs. Due to the growing interest in cyber defense the list of program is expanding. Programs in Wisconsin include the following:

  • Marquette University offers a Specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense within the master's in Computer and Information Science program. This curriculum path is associated with the designation of Marquette University as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by DHS and NSA.
  • Madison Area Technical College offers an IT–Network Security Specialist Associate Degree in Applied Science and an IT-Information Security certificate program
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College offers several programs. an associate degree and an accelerated associate degree in IT - Information Systems Security Specialist. They also offer a Digital Forensic Analyst Technical Degree and certificates in Information Security Fundamentals, Infrastructure Security; IT-Security Auditing, and System Administration and Security.
  • University of Wisconsin–Parkside offers a 9-credit certificate in Cyber Security It is the first computer science certificate offered by a four-year university in Wisconsin that meets the Committee on National Security Systems National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011.
  • Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) received designation as one of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education (CAE-2Y) in recognition of campus activities and the curriculum in the IT - Network Security Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. It is the only technical program in the State of Wisconsin to receives such recognition from the National IA Education & Training Program (NIETP). WCTC also offers a 16-credit Technical Certificate as a Cyber Security Specialist.
  • University of Wisconsin–Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, offers a Cyber Security concentration within its bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and computer science degree.
  • Moraine Park Technical College offers a 12-credit Information Technology – Information Security certificate at its Fond du Lac campus.
  • University of Wisconsin–Whitewater offers an emphasis on networking and security within its information technology and supply chain management department.

Certifications

There are many professional training programs leading to professional certification. These include:

  • CompTIA--Security+, Network+, and CySA+
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals--CIPP
  • Global Information Assurance Certification--GIAC
  • (ISC)2 Information Security Training--CAP, CISSP, ISSMP, ISSAP, ISSEP
  • EC Council--CEH, CHFI, LPT.ECSA
  • IACRB Information Assurance Certification--CCFE, CDRP, CREA, CSSA, CWAPT, CPT,CEPT
  • ISACA Information Security Training--CRISC, CGEIT, CISA, CISM

 

Certification Preparation

Through a gift to the university from ULINE, skills training classes are made available to students. This is based on the INFOSEC Skills training platform.

Through the library, the university subscribes to O'Reilly from Proquest (formerly listed as Safari Books Online). This resource provides an extensive collection of online materials to prepare for certifications.

NICE Challenge Labs

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education has funded the development of labs that challenge students to perform hands-on work in virtual environments. The NICE Challenge labs provide students workforce experiences before they enter the workforce through realistic business situations/scenarios. The goal of the Challenge project has been to provide the most realistic experiences to students, at-scale year-round, while also generating useful assessment data about student knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

There are over 100 scenarios that can challenge student knowledge. The challenges range in difficult from very simple (e.g., examine and report group policies in a WIndows environment) to quite complex (e.g., discovering and removing malware impacting Domain-Controller operations). Contact the Director of the Center for suggestions on using this facility