Message From Leadership

 Morgan Zantua, Executive Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation 

 This quarter my two Messages from Leadership talked about how hot the cybersecurity job market is and the importance of being successful by demonstrating nine qualities described in the C3A3R3 model. Today, let’s focus on how to engage the “C” elements of the C3A3R3 model: communication, confidence, and competence – as they apply to your career. What is the most efficient way to incorporate all three into your practice of cybersecurity? The answer: Competitions. Competitive events are designed to hone your technical skills, test your mind, and provide ‘reality’ platforms to develop competencies hiring managers look for when interviewing prospective employees. Engaging in competitions forces you to build muscle memory and put theory into practice. You gain experience outside of the classroom and become more competent. Thus, becoming more confident.   

With all the skills competitions have to offer, why wouldn’t every student participate? Jobs, family, and school responsibilities are the reasons most given. Are these reasons valid? They are valid if you let them be valid. Explore ways to incorporate competitions in addition to your other responsibilities as they will boost your skills and resume. In the long run, this could only benefit both your professional and personal life.  

This week, Associate Professors Dr. Jon Helmus and James Taylor, associate faculty, and the program managers of the cybersecurity degrees, shared their preference for candidates with competition experience. So, a word to the wise, invest time in competitions like CTF, Hack-a-Thons, Tabletop Exercises, or National Cyber League 

Opportunity: Please consider signing up for the National Cyber League through CityU’s Cybersecurity Club! For more information, Email: Subject Line: NCL Participation Fall 2022 

More competitions will be coming out this Fall! 

ACM Career Tip

Software Developers, IT Support Specialists Top Hiring List 

Software engineers and developers continue to be in high demand, according to the latest industry job report. IT support specialists, project managers, systems engineers and network architects also continue to attract significant hiring attention. In terms of hiring, many of the new job postings appear to be for entry-level and junior positions. For example, the report found that one in five tech job postings were for positions requiring two years or less of experience, while approximately half requested three to five years of experience. Although there has been a lot of chatter about hiring freezes and even layoffs at tech giants and startups, organizations everywhere continue to hire tech talent. They need software developers and engineers to build front- and back-end systems; project managers to handle work flows; network engineers and sysadmins to ensure the tech stack stays running; and IT support professionals to solve any problems encountered by end users.

For more ACM Career Insights and Tips please click here. 

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SECtember 2022 – Cloud Security Alliance Conference  

SECtember 2022 by Cloud Security Alliance Conference is the essential industry conference to assist organizations in elevating their cybersecurity capabilities. CSA is pleased to share with City University of Seattle a special 25% OFF promo code for SECtember 2022 registration. The promo codes are good for registering to attend CSA’s SECtember conference and for registering for our CCSK Foundation, CCSK Plus and CCAK training courses offered at SECtember. Training classes are offered Sept. 26 & 27th. 

Promotional Code 

City U Students – SCU20 – 25% off conference registration  

City U Friends – SCU&CSA_Friends – 25% off training classes / conference registration  


Today is the LAST day to apply for the CSA scholarship, there is ONE remaining opportunity. Recipients will be provided complimentary passes to SECtember 2022 and complimentary access to CSA’s CCSK Foundation Training – an online self-paced training course.  Please fill out this form if you are interested in this opportunity. If selected you must attend this event in person.  

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.

Upcoming Events

School of Technology and Computing Applied Research Symposium – Summer 2022 

Hosted by CityU’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and School of Technology and Computing (STC), the Applied Research Symposium is open to faculty, professionals, and students from any discipline, university, or professional organization.  At the end of each quarter, any students who would like to share their projects including capstone courses will present their outcomes. This symposium will provide opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the influence and impact of the applied computing on the future of our planet and our society. 

Event details 

Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2022 
Time: 4:30PM-5:30PM PDT 
Contact: Veerendra Jagatha 

For more information and to see who is speaking click here. 

Join Symposium Here 

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

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 as well.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 5:30 PDT via MS Teams. This summer’s meetings are focused on planning for the Fall.

Cybersecurity Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club is currently searching to fill the following positions. For more information about each role please contact Morgan Zantua. 


VP of Operations 

VP of Administration/Secretary 

VP of Events 


NCL Fall 2022 – Registration is now Open!

Gymnasium Access: Aug 22 – Dec 16 

Practice Game: Oct 10 – 17 

Individual Game: Oct 21 – 23 

Team Game: Nov 4 – Nov 6 

Sign up here to register and gain access to the Gymnasium. For more information please attend a Cybersecurity Club Meeting.

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 Parker.

Click here to join. Everyone is invited!

STC Tech Club Announcements

Week 9 Presentations: 

Shelby Lynch:  

Jefferey Mobley:  

Career Center 

Deirdre Grimes  

Resume Building  

AWS Resources 

AWS Free coursesAWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials – Free sources 

AWS Skill BuilderSecurity Learning Path – Free sources  

AWS QwikLabs 

AWS Workshops 

LibreFoodPantry Open-Source Project

The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact Adrian Parker if interested.

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 or by scanning the QR code on the right. 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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