Message From Leadership

Scott Carnz, Provost 

Welcome to 2023! If this year is anything like last year, there have already been 15.5 million ransomware attacks around the world at the time of this publication. In those same 12 days, 3.5 million US citizens have been affected by a cybercrime in some form. The United States is the most targeted country for cybercrime, accounting for roughly 46% of attacks globally. Yet the cybersecurity workforce—the individuals who would protect us from such attacks—has a gap of roughly 3.4 million people worldwide. 


That is why CityU is proud to be one of the National Security Administration’s (NSA) National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C), helping to train the workforce that combats the ever-growing threat from malicious actors around the world. The NCAE-C program is akin to a programmatic accreditation that recognizes universities whose curriculum meets established standards focused on competency development, community outreach, and professional development, and actively engages in solutions to challenges facing the cybersecurity field. Another key aspect of a NCAE-C is that it “integrates cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines.” 


While the cybersecurity degrees offered by CityU are housed in the School of Technology & Computing (STC), in the coming year you will see CityU’s work in cyber education continue to expand beyond STC. Last year, STC partnered with the School of Education & Leadership (SEL) to offer training to K-12 teachers on how to teach cyber concepts at various levels of elementary education. This year, we will look to expand partnerships within SEL as well explore additional partnerships with the Schools of Health & Social Sciences and Business & Management. 


In today’s world there is not a discipline or field that is not impacted in some way by issues related to cybersecurity. As a university we can add value to the education we provide our students and better prepare them for the realities of work in their chosen field by addressing these issues and equipping them with the tools to face cyber challenges head on. Such partnerships also underscore the interconnected nature of the work we all do in the 21st century and serve as models for how we might continue to add value for students by drawing on those connections and enriching their educational experience through interdisciplinary cooperation. 


If you have ideas or thoughts about collaborations on campus, I’d love to hear from you. Here’s to a more cooperative and secure 2023. 


Scott Carnz, Ed.D. 


Career News

Demand For IT Talent Takes the Sting Out of Tech Sector Layoffs
CIO Dive, December 20

A strong market for IT talent softened the impact of tech sector layoffs in 2022. Nearly three-quarters of laid-off tech workers found jobs within three months, according to a new report. As a result, major career setbacks have not been widespread. Just over half of laid off workers (52%) got a pay bump in their new position, as compared to 65% of those who switched jobs voluntarily. As these numbers suggest, the majority of laid off workers are enjoying the benefits of a red-hot job market, receiving raises as they transition to new jobs.

Job posting volume for tech workers grew 25% during the first ten months of 2022 as compared to the same period last year, according to a recent Dice report. Engineering talent and Agile methodology, as well as SQL, Python and Java programming, were some of the most sought-after skills, the report said. Workforce volatility has been rampant in the tech sector, where a number of big tech names have all announced recent hiring freezes, slowdowns, or layoffs. By some estimates nearly 1,000 technology companies have laid off more than 150,000 tech workers total since the start of 2022.

Click here for the full article.


Upcoming Events

The first New Tech Seattle meetup of 2023 is just one day away on Thursday, January 12th. Get your tickets now for fun, friends, learning human lessons from a fintech robo-advisor startup, and discovering cyber security secrets  for small businesses from Women in Tech author, and one of the top cybersecurity influencers in the industry Tarah Wheeler! Use promo code EVERGREEN to attend for free!

Tickets: $10 registration fee Day of event @the door $20.


Link: Invited Talks – Center for Cybersecurity Innovation (


WiCyS 2023

Women in CyberSecurity is holding their annual conference on March 16-18 2023 in Denver, Colorado!

Students MUST apply for a WiCyS scholarship to attend the conference (there is no general WiCyS 2023 registration for students) and have to be a current WiCyS student member to apply. For more information and to apply for a scholarship click here.

The National Initiative for CyberSecurity’s education holds its national conference from June 5-7.  The NICE Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. Six student scholarships are available. STC students are encouraged to apply. The application will open Tuesday , January 3, 2023 and close Sunday, February 5, 2023. Apply here. For additional information contact 

Watch this spot for more opportunities to be involved in this national conference.


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Missed out on an Invited Talk or Tech Talk?

Check out the C4CYI YouTube Channel for STC recorded Invited Talks and events. Explore ACM Tech Talks and the ACM website to watch their free informative Tech Talks. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. You can find record CAE Tech talks here. For questions on CAE Tech Talk, please send them email.


Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club

Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! The club is also open to alumni, we encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.

We have launched our Breach of the Week program! Each week, one club member presents a breach or aspect of current cyber events to the club in 3-5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills and gain
constructive feedback.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 5:30 PDT via MS Teams

Cybersecurity Club open roles are:

  • VP of Operations 
  • VP of Administration/Secretary

For more information about each role, please contact Dan Montague

Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity Hub Events

Competitions & Challenges


NCL – Join the competition – starting January 30th 2023 


STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please contact Adrian ParkerClick here to join. Everyone is invited!

Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP!

Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.

Google Developer Student Club

Click here for information about the Google Developer Student Club – City University of Seattle Chapter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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