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Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security's Cyber Defense News and Resources

Make Cyber Defense a Priority

The College of Security and Intelligence makes Cyber Defense (CD) a priority. There are many ways for students, faculty, and others to learn more about Cyber Defense and how to apply it in our increasingly digital lives. Here on our Activities, News, and Resources page, you will find up-to-date information on Cyber Defense Activities happening on or around our Prescott campus, catch up on Cyber Defense news inside the College of Security and Intelligence and around the globe, as well as find a comprehensive list of Community Resources available to everyone to help keep ahead of the curve on Cyber Defense.


Here you will find a listing of events and activities around our local community to help the general public understand, learn, and implement a higher degree of Cyber Defense in their digital lives. Check out some of our most exciting and educational activities to learn more.

Embry-Riddle is a Silver Sponsor of CyberPatriot and offers CyberPatriot scholarship opportunity for incoming cyber program students in Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses. Embry-Riddle’s Cyber Intelligence and Security program has been a CyberPatriot silver sponsor since spring of 2013.The Air Force Association (AFA) CyberPatriot program ( is a national youth cyber education program that now provides opportunities from K-12. The annual high school competition (now in its 12th year) reaches thousands of schools and tens of thousands qualified student prospects through their website and newsletters.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Cyber Patriot Scholarship Application

The CIS Department is offering two CyberPatriot camps this summer (register now, limited space!):

Week 1: Jul. 29 - Aug. 2

Week 2: Aug. 3 - Aug. 7

Open to students ages 14 -18 (rising sophomore, junior or senior in High School) who are interested in learning about Cyber Security. During this week long non-residential program you will:

  • Explore the many aspects of Cyber Security
  • Experience hands on activities on the computer and network (real and virtual)
  • Attend mini lectures on the latest in cyber security
  • Meet other local students with interests in this area
  • Participate in a cyber "capture the flag" competition on Friday

Each week will run from 9am to 4pm with a 1 hour break for lunch on campus. Cost includes: a Cyber Patriot Summer Camp t-shirt, lunch each day, access to software and computers.

Register Today

The CIS Department is offering a unique CTF competition for select local high school students on October 5, 2019, on the Prescott campus of ERAU. The competition is meant to to test and increase participating student’s cyber security knowledge. This competition will be focused around aviation cyber security specifically. The categories will include password cracking, log analysis, computer forensics, and much more! Enhance your cyber security knowledge, network with peers and industry professionals, and win prizes! Please contact for more information.

Internal News

Ever since being founded as the first College of Security and Intelligence in the nation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been forging new territory in the realms of Security, Intelligence, and Cyber Defense. Here you will find some of our most recent news stories that will give you an inside look at what's going on inside the Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security.

This year, Dr. Sampigethaya will be organizing tutorials at the 2019 IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference, including the first, one-of-a-kind track on aviation cyber security. 

The DASC Digital Avionics Systems Conference's objectives are to provide a forum for free discussions of new ideas, research, development and applications in order to stimulate and inspire pioneering work in the field of digital avionics and related areas. They seek to acquire high quality technical papers for publication in a DASC Proceedings and otehr appropriate publications such as the AIAA Journal of Aircraft and IEEE Systems Magazine. Their efforts provide a meeting that will further the progress of AIAA and IEEE entities, including Societies, Technical Committees and local Sections and thereby better serve the interests of all AIAA and IEE members and the community at large, as well as encouraging international participation. 

Learn more about the 38th DASC Digital Avionics Systems Conference in San Diego, California | Sept. 8 - 12, 2019

Dr. Sampigethaya will be organizing the aviation cyber security event at the SAE 2019 AeroTech Europe in Bordeaux, France this September. Held in the heart of France's Aerospace Valley, SAE 2019 AeroTech Europe brings together the best minds and key stakeholders from across the industry to share practical information on emerging and applied technologies, discuss industry issues, and connect with other aviation professionals. 

Join the entire international aircraft community this September in Bordeaux, France to connect, exchange knowledge on the industry's cutting-edge technology. 

SAE 2019 AeroTech Europe | Sept. 24 - 26, 2019

From June 17 - 21, 2019, Dr. Sampigethaya will be delivering a technical session talk at the AIAA Aviation Forum in Dallas, TX. 

The 2019 AIAA AVIATION Forum will explore how rapidly changing technology, new entrants, and emerging trends are shaping the future of flight. The Forum schedule includes expert panels, high-profile keynote speakers, recruitment events, networking opportunities, technical sessions, and access to 40 exhibiting companies.  

2019 AIAA AVIATION FORUM in Dallas, TX | Jun. 17 - 21, 2019

Last February, Dean for the College of Security and Intelligence Dr. Jon Haass presented an introduction to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Cyber Warfare Range at their Prescott campus, as well as provided additional commentary on the planned Center for the Future in front of the Prescott City Council's open session. 

Dr. Haass provided a presentation to the council regarding Embry-Riddle's Cyber Intelligence and Security program and discussed the many job opportunities in this field. He also commented on the College of Intelligence and Security's goals to create opportunities that will bring jobs in cyber innovation to Northern Arizona, thereby retaining Embry-Riddle's current students, faculty, support entrepreneurs and attract outside funding. 

The College of Security and Intelligence also offers a Cyber Range facility which is open to students, the public, and organizations in order to help people develop their skills in the field. 

Live Update of the Prescott City Council: February 26, 2019

On March 22, 2019, The College of Security and Intelligence welcomed its 4th Distinguished Cyber Intelligence & Security Speaker Greg Rice to present his discussion: Securing Future Aircraft

The growing communication capabilities and processing resources aboard modern commercial aircraft continues to demonstrate new potential for improving the efficiency of next generation air travel while further reducing safety risks to airplane passengers. However, with increasing system complexity and connectivity comes the risk of security vulnerabilities. This presentation presented an overview of potential security risks to future aircraft as well as the open and emerging research challenges in the space. 

Greg Rice is a Research Group Manager for the Cyber Systems research team in the Advanced Technology at Collins Aerospace. In 2006, Mr. Rice co-founded True Security, where he led design work on secure, ad-hoc sensor networks for embedded systems and new penetration testing services. Mr. Rice's work on the security of embedded avionics systems has been well recognized; he has previously served as PI for the DAPRA RAPID and Longbow programs and now leads a team of research engineers focused on the development of new embedded security technologies applied to airborne and radio communication systems. 

Distinguished CIS Speaker Series: Greg Rice - Securing Future Aircraft

On March 1, 2019, The College of Security and Intelligence welcomed its 3rd Distinguished Cyber Intelligence & Security Speaker Peter Skaves to present his discussion: Aircraft Systems Information Security Protection (ASISP).

Transport Category Airplanes are extremely safe due to fault tolerant designs including independence, redundancy, and no exploitable access points of failure that could on its own cause an unsafe condition during flight operations. But, as per the FAA, the two greatest threats to these aircraft is the exploitation of onboard electronic access points, such via the Internet, and counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) and computer chips. This talk presented the various developments the FAA and the industry are pioneering to address these threats as well as future challenges and problems in aviation cyber security.

Peter Skaves is FAA's Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor (CSTA) for Advanced Avionics, including cyber security issues. During his 25 years at the FAA, he has had various assignments including Special Projects Team Lead and Special Assistant to the Washington, DC Avionics Branch. Peter developed software and systems requirements for various airplane programs including the B-2 stealth bomber and C-17 cargo airplane fly-by-wire flight control systems. 

Distinguished CIS Speaker Series: Peter Skaves - Aircraft Systems Information Security Protection (ASISP)

On Nov. 30, 2018, The College of Security and Intelligence welcomed its 2nd Distinguished Cyber Intelligence & Security Speaker Nina Vajda to present her discussion: Symphonic Artistry of Aviation Cyber Intrusions.

This presentation discussed aircraft network topologies including attack vectors, challenges associated with legacy systems, hardware design and common, known software vulnerabilities that create opportunities for attackers to exploit aircraft parked at the gate, during taxi, takeoff, and landings. Cutting edge technologies specifically developed for the aviation industry to thwart targeted aviation cyberattacks was also discussed. 

Nina Vajda is Honeywell Aerospace's Chief Engineer for Cyber Security. She is responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of security controls in embedded system architectures and networks for commercial transport and business / general aviation aircraft, space and defense equipment and satellite communications. Nina is a registered Metal and Non-metal Miner and possesses the following professional licenses: Hazardous Materials Technician, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, and she is appointed by the DoD as a Fully Qualified Navy Certification Validator III. 

Distinguished CIS Speaker Series: Nina Vajda - Symphonic Artistry of Aviation Cyber Intrusions

On Oct. 26, 2018, The College of Security and Intelligence welcomed its 1st Distinguished Cyber Intelligence & Security Speaker Mr. Bruce Schneier to present his discussion: Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers.

Computer security is no longer about data; it's about life and property. This change makes an enormous difference, and will shake up our industry in many ways. First, data authentication and integrity will become more important than confidentiality. And second, our largely regulation-free Internet will become a thing of the past. Soon we will no longer have a choice between government regulation and no government regulation. Given this future, it's vital that we look back on what we've learned from past attempts to secure these systems, and forward at what technologies, laws, regulations, economic incentives, and social norms we need to secure them in the future. 

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by the Economist. He is the author of 14 books-- including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World-- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Resilient.

Distinguished CIS Speaker Series: Bruce Schneier - Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers

Considering the increased demand for cybersecurity professionals in Arizona and across the country, the College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus is now proud to offer a Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security. 

“The number of cyber professionals needed in Arizona alone is 6,875 according to the website,” said Dr. Jon C. Haass, Chair of Embry-Riddle’s Cyber Intelligence and Security Department. “All of the programs in the U.S. don’t produce enough to fill the need, and we’re unlikely to catch up in the next ten years.”

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Jerry L. Davis is the Vice President, Chief Security Officer of Lam Research Corporation. This discussion will define a notional corporate value chain and explore the consideration of security controls (physical, cyber and others) required to secure each functional element of the value chain and assuring the delivery of products and services uncompromised.

Distinguished CSI Speaker Series: Jerry Davis - Value Chain Security Considerations for Critical Manufacturing

Dr. Ying is the immediate past President of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), serving on the Executive Committee which leads in shaping the agenda of this multinational professional aerospace organization. She’s currently the Senior Vice President of an electric aircraft start-up company Ampaire, responsible for the technology strategy and international relations. Her presentation overviews and highlights how innovations in commercial electric aircraft will make flying clean, quiet, safe, reliable and more accessible to everyone than ever before.

Distinguished CSI Speaker Series: Dr. Susan Ying - Aviation's Third Revolution; It Is Electrifying

External News

At the CSI Department of Cyber Intelligence and Security, we encourage all of our students to pursue online news resources to stay informed, to keep up with the most recent trends in the field of Cyber Defense, and to seek out opportunities for their own educational and professional endeavors. Here are a few valuable news resources and external stories covering Cyber Intelligence and Defense topics. 

The CyberWire is an independent voice delivering concise, accessible, and relevant cyber security news to people all across the globe. As a cyber security-focused news service and a trusted, independent voice in the marketplace, CyberWire delivers concise, accessible, and relevant content, separating the signal from the noise in a burgeoning industry, overloaded with information and competing messages.

Palo Alto Networks and Girl Scouts of the USA Announce Collaboration for First-Ever National Cybersecurity Badges

With the introduction of 18 new Cybersecurity badges, Girls Scouts of all ages will be able to explore opportunities in STEM while developing problem-solving and leadership skills 

Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced that they will join forces to deliver the first-ever national Girl Scout Cybersecurity badges for girls in grades K–12. Girl Scout badges are insignia Girl Scouts earn and display on their uniforms to demonstrate their mastery of a given topic. Led by a panel of expert cybersecurity advisers, GSUSA and Palo Alto Networks expect to roll out the first in a series of 18 Cybersecurity badges to Girl Scouts throughout the United States in September 2018.

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Community Resources

The College of Security and Intelligence and Cyber Intelligence and Security Department recognize the value of networking within the industry of Cyber Defense. As a part of the greater Arizona Cyber Security community that includes small and large companies, governmental organizations and other academic partners, we've gathered a list of valuable Cyber Defense Community Resources available the community for continued research and investigation. Education goes beyond the classroom: with these resources, anyone can become a student of Cyber Defense:

AZ Cyber Talent provides a portal to resources for employers, students, organizations and academic partners to exchange ideas and reach out to the greater community. There is a strong and growing cybersecurity ecosystem in Arizona. We can and should be leaders in this critical field. This website is designed to be a one-stop resource for students, employees, employers, and educators in the AZ cybersecurity ecosystem. 

AZ Cyber Talent

The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range is a live fire cyber warfare range created to augment the current cyber security resources in Arizona and drive innovation in cyber security techniques, technologies, and training across the United States. The range is a privately funded non-profit entity and is 100% volunteer driven. This ensures their complete focus on their missions.

The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range

National Cyber Watch is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. National CyberWatch Center continues its culture of collaboration, coordinating a broad national network of networks.

National Cyber Watch

Designed to help the entire Arizona State Cyber Security community organize, plan, and schedule Cyber Defense events and activities throughout the region, The Southwest Cybersecurity Events Calendar is an invaluable resource to the Arizona Cyber Security community. 

Southwest Cybersecurity Events Calendar

NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense designated institutions.

NSA CAE CD Designated Institutions

In the wake of increasing computer breaches and trillions of dollars in damage across the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected the need for cyber security professionals to increase 18 percent by 2024. Companies in finance and technology are being joined by retail, manufacturing, utilities and other critical infrastructure sectors in their search for skilled cyber intelligence and security master’s graduates.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University brings the Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security degree to the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence. This 30-credit program is designed to provide a solid academic foundation appropriate to the fields of Cyber Threat Hunting, Cyber Intelligence Analysis, Machine Learning applied to Intrusions, and the Internet of Things, as well as more classical Network Security and Information Assurance arenas.

Residential Master of Science in Cyber Intelligence and Security

NSA CAE CDE designated Cybersecurity and Assured Systems Engineering (CyBASE) Center at ERAU Daytona Beach Campus hosts a group of researchers composed of faculty members from different programs as well as professionals from different departments at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus. 

CyBASE performs research in cybersecurity associated with critical infrastructures and assured systems such as aviation and aerospace systems. CyBASE researchers are currently involved in projects in the following areas:

  • Aviation and Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems Security
  • Safety and Security Analysis for End-to-End System Assurance
  • Cloud/Fog Computing and Software-Defined Networking Security
  • Machine Learning Applications to Systems Assurance
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Control, Safety Assurance, and Security

CyBASE Center

The Information Assurance Center is a university-wide center based in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision System Engineering of Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU, with faculty participants from Arts and sciences, Buisiness, Engineering, Public Policy, Technology and Innovation. The center emphasizes on research and education in the incresingly important multi-disiplinary fields, including subjects ranging from science and engineering to management, public policy and social sciences.

Arizona State University's Information Assurance Center

Aspiring information security professionals have the opportunity to ease some of their educational financial burden with the (ISC)² Information Security Undergraduate Scholarship, offering undergraduate students studying information security up to US$5,000 per recipient. Scholarship awards will be sent to schools in July 2020. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship award will be between $1,000 – $5,000.

(ISC)2 Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Department of Energy organized cyber defense competition that focuses on the defensive/hardening nature of energy cyber infrastructure. Unfilled cybersecurity careers will reach over 1.5 million by 2019. With the ever-increasing amount of technology placed on the internet, security becomes a high priority. The Department of Energy (DOE), capitalizing on the expertise of current national laboratory staff that previously hosted two successful cyber defense competitions to exercise interactive, scenario-based events, where teams engage in cybersecurity activities includes methods, practices, strategy, policy, and ethics. Through the CyberForce Competition™, DOE has worked to increase 1) hands-on cyber education to college students and professionals, 2) awareness into the critical infrastructure and cyber security nexus, and 3) basic understanding of cyber security within a real world scenario.

DoE CyberForce Competition

Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC) is a premier face-to-face networking and educational engagement conference held at different venues around the world. They enhance the ability to prepare for threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents so that businesses operating in the aviation industry can best manage their risks.

They facilitate the sharing of timely and actionable information related to threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, potential protective measures, and best practices and foster cooperation and communication among members using a secure trusted network.  Specializing in research and analysis of information to validate accuracy and severity and recommend mitigation strategies, their work enables the development of professional and trusted relationships to develop across public and private sectors.

2019 A-ISAC Annual Summit

The 38 years old preeminent R&D Conference in the field of digital avionics, including cyber security topic, offered by its two most distinguished professional societies, the Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) Online

AZ Infragard is an alliance between the Arizona Office of the FBI and individuals committed to protecting the nation’s infrastructure and its people. The alliance’s mission is to help protect the nation’s infrastructure by supporting the priorities of the FBI and cultivating partnerships with the public and private sectors through bi-directional sharing of actionable information, training, and educational events.

AZ Infragard

A Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle prepares graduates to either begin or further advance their career in the field of cybersecurity. The program is a cutting-edge degree in a dynamic, growing field. And there’s an accelerated degree option if you happen to be a B.S. in Engineering student looking to earn two degrees simultaneously.

Cybersecurity engineering careers are on the rise in both public and private sectors worldwide. Careers span the financial and healthcare industries, military, government, and corporations ranging in everything from cybersecurity systems to policy and operations.

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

As cyber threats become more prevalent, opportunities in government entities, defense contractors, and private corporations will grow. The Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy at Embry-Riddle is an online program designed for working professionals who aim to transition into a leadership role. Housed in the Department of Security Studies & International Affairs, the M.S. in Cybersecurity Management and Policy program focuses on hands-on processes early.

Through this program, students can complete all classes online as they fit into their schedules, allowing students to continue working throughout the duration of studies and begin applying learned skills right away.

Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management & Policy

Consistently ranking among the top five in the nation, the Eller Department of Management Information Systems is leading its field—and revolutionizing every step of the way. 

Online Master of Science in Cyber Security Program at University of Arizona

Featured Story

CSI Students at the RSA Conference in San Francisco

Student Blog: CSI Students Attend the RSA Conference

My name is Kevin Hood and I am a Sophomore studying Cyber Intelligence and Security. During the last week of February, we visited San Francisco to tour Silicon Valley companies and attend the RSA Conference to help students practice networking, expose them to opportunities, and to make Embry-Riddle well-known in the cybersecurity industry.