Message From Leadership

Earlier this week, every STC program held a Welcome, Orientation, and Networking (WON) session. We thank the students who attended and encourage students to attend future WON events.  

Quarterly events consist of the Welcome, Orientation and Networking session which will be held the third week of the quarter. The Listening Session with the Dean and Director occurs every seventh week of the quarter. In a townhall format, Dean Chung and Director Morgan Zantua want to hear from you, what is working, and opportunities to improve offerings. Student input also guides selection of speakers for Invited Talks and topics for workshops. 

Events are announced in the STC Thursday Byte and on the STC Center for Information Assurance Education website  


Next week Dr. Radana Dvorak assumes the role of the Editor for the Thursday Byte. Event announcements, recognitions and contributions to the Thursday Byte can be sent directly to:


Trend Micro is holding a free annual cybersecurity outreach education summit.   We encourage you to attend this event and learn more about career opportunities in cybersecurity. The 2020 Trend Micro Initiative for Education Virtual Cybersecurity Summit for University Students is taking place on on line November 10th and 11th. The official free app can be downloaded HERE. Plan your participation to access Livestreams and Videos directly within sessions and utilize the session Q&A. When signing up in the app and choose a strong password and please use your school or work email address.  Once you’re signed up, you should be taken directly to your event! 

This Week in Tech History

ARPANET First Serious Crash – October 27, 1980

ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) by the United States Department of Defense was the predecessor to the Internet. ARPANET was the first to implement the TCP/IP protocol suite which became the foundation of the Internet. APRANET crashed on October 27th 1980, and was down for four hours when two IMPs (Interface Message Processors) miscommunicated simultaneously. The malfunction can be compared to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

What ARPANET looked like in 1980
Internet today -

Cyber Tip of the Week

Your Password = Their Payday

If you’re still using “123456” as your password, you’re bringing payday that much closer for a scammer. Here are a few phishing stats that might surprise you.

  • 65% of US organizations experienced a successful phishing attack last year.
  • 0.019 milliseconds – the amount of time it takes to crack a weak password.
  • 53% – percentage of people who continue to use the same password even after a breach.
  • 123456 – the weakest password in the world, still used by 3% of people.
  • 59% -percentage of people in organizations who rely on their memory to manage their passwords.
  • 69% of employees share passwords with co-workers to access information.

STC Student Club Meeting

Student Clubs, the Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club, will meet Thursdays from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M. PST via Teams: STC Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation here. 

Tech Humor