Message From Leadership

Morgan Zantua, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation Program Director

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Social Engineering is a big business.

In 2022, 70,000 people reported losing $1.3 billion to Romance Scams. Older people are frequent targets of catphishing. I watched a close relative, recently widowed, come close to being a Romance Scam victim!

The message this week is to encourage students to form teams of two to four people to participate in the Temple University Social Engineering Challenge. The CARE Lab Fights Romance Scams competition rules are available here . Team applications are due by April 29th.

Email to schedule a meeting with a faculty advisor for your team.

Why should you compete? Your PSA could protect a senior from being cat phished and you’ll added to your cyber-portfolio.



Mark Your Calendars

Click here to join the meeting on April 13th, 2023 4:30 PDT.

Looking for more project/work experience to put on your resume? Try contributing to an open-source project:

GitHub for beginner-friendly open-source projects

How to Contribute to Open-Source Projects – guide

STC TA documentation for setting up environments


Valuable certifications:

Computer Science 


cloud – practitioner 


Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Information Systems 



Cisco Certifications 

CompTIA Certifications  


Data Science and Artificial Intelligence 

AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty  

Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate 

Google Cloud Certified – Professional Data Engineer 


Looking for extra help to guide you through your tech career? Check out Mentors in Tech

Student Tip of the Week: Start looking for internships at least 6 months prior to graduation, many internship opportunity require students have at least 6 months left on their study program to apply.

WiCyS Club Upcoming Meeting

The first meeting will happen on April 28th 2023 at 11:00AM PST/1:00PM CT.

  • Anyone is welcome to share ideas about upcoming events, having speaker requests, subjects to cover, conferences or competitions to get involved in, etc.
  • Open forum discussion of current interesting breaches (anyone can contribute)
  • And get to know each other!!!


For more information, feel free to reach out to the President – Melissa Lee

WiCyS is hosting a Book Review



For more information – Check the WiCyS Resources Page; Book Club Corner.


Depei Song

CityU is proud of our CityU MSISEC graduate; Depei Song is now Captain Song 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command United States Army Reserve.

Congratulations, Depei!


Scholarship Opportunities

Become a Cybersecurity High School Teacher– open to high school teachers in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington state: Online with a four day in-person summer summit in Seattle.

Learn more.

AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Scholarship Program

The AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Scholarship program, in collaboration with Intel and Udacity, aims to help underserved and underrepresented high school and college students learn foundational ML concepts to prepare them for careers in AI and ML. For more information click here.

Learn More.

Upcoming Events

Click here to view full calendar.

NICE Conference Volunteers

June 5th – 7th the NICE Conference organizers need students to assist with staffing the registration and customer service desk. Student volunteers from CityU are requested. While volunteers will work, they will also be given the opportunity to select key sessions of interest to attend. While I don’t have a formal process in place yet, if you are interested send your up-to-date resume to: SUBJECT: Student Volunteer for NICE.

Presently, we recommend local students consider applying as no dormitory rooms are presently available for this conference.

Bsides Seattle 2023
Bsides is a community based conference for individuals in or interested in Information Security. A place where security geeks of all ages, all levels of learning, all walks of life can bring their true selves and learn amazing things. For more information and to sign up click here.
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM PST
Where: Building 92, 15010 NE 36th St, Redmond 98052, WA
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.

STC Clubs

Interested in the Tech field? Wish to broaden your network? Check out our clubs.

Cybersecurity Enthusiasts are welcome to join!

Check out the Breach of the Week program; A club member presents current cyber events to the club in 3-5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to learn, participate and network.

We encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.

Meeting Times: 

Fridays, 3:00PM (PDT) Over MS Teams


President – Dan Montage

City University of Seattle has just created a new WiCyS student chapter.

The purpose of the club is to build a community within our CityU school that promotes women’s education, participation, and leadership in the field of cybersecurity.

Meeting Times: 

Next meeting: April 28th at 11:00AM (PDT). Feel free to reach out for more information.

Typical meeting time: Fridays, 11:00AM (PDT) over MS Teams.


President – Melissa Lee

STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please reach out.

Meeting Times: 

Thursdays, 4:30PM (PDT) Over MS Teams


President – Tyray Fortune

This quarter, we will be covering various topics including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP! Take a look at our calendar and club page for more.

We are recruiting new officers for the Data Science Club. If you are interested in becoming one, please fill out the form here, or scan the QR code in the flyer.

Meeting Times: 

Wednesdays, 4:00PM (PDT) Over MS Teams


President – Mahathi Vucha

Tech Humor

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