Message From Leadership

Morgan Zantua, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation Program Director

Our leadership team at STC works together physically in Seattle two days a week during the quarter. While we learn and teach on-line, we still have students physically attending class in Seattle. This week I had a hallway conversation with a senior leader of our organization. We both attended our university and graduate studies in-person. I learned this individual, a person of my generation, is completing an asynchronous on-line doctoral program. This individual commented, “it’s a lonely learning experience.” 

When I started at STC three years ago, Dean Chung envisioned the Thursday Byte to inform, share achievements, and help create community. We promote Invited Talks, Clubs, competitions, job opportunities, scholarships, and, of course, the ever-important Humor.  

For our online students, we sincerely hope you will join us in person, whether for a class or for graduation. If you come to Seattle for business or pleasure, let us know in advance and we’ll take you to coffee. 

Over the break our editor and student workers are re-designing the Thursday Byte. Starting in the Spring Quarter, the Thursday Byte will have a new look and a new format. Between now and Week 9, if you have a recommendation for our design team, send us an email to Subject Line: Thursday Byte Re-Design.

Anyone sending a suggestion from their CityU email will have their name put into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon or Starbucks gift card. The winner will be announced in the April 5th edition of the Thursday Byte. 

Career Tips

Will ChatGPT Put Jobs of Tech Professionals at Risk?

AI-powered chatbot platforms such as ChatGPT are making headlines, especially for their ability to write computer code in response to a query. This is leading to a huge concern among tech professionals: Is AI finally coming for their jobs? In a worst-case scenario, the thinking goes, companies will no longer need more than a handful of human developers and engineers for coding work. However, that scenario seems unlikely to happen, at least anytime soon. After all, current no- and low-code tools are incapable of assisting in complex efforts, such as diagnosing a network issue, managing a database, or creating a sophisticated piece of enterprise software.

View full article here.

For more information and advice about tech careers check out ACM Career News.


Upcoming Events

STC Invited Talk

Who: Josh Howell 

What: The New Business Calisthenics  

When: March 2nd, 2023 4:30pm PST 

Where: MS Teams 

First WiCyS Chapter Meeting

Join the Women in Cybersecurity’s CityU Chapter for its very first member meeting! It will take place March 3, 2023 on MS Teams at 11am.

We will be going over club goals, vision, WiCyS Mentorship Program, upcoming speakers, future networking opportunities and more!

Everyone is welcome to join and participate. We hope to see you there!

NCAE Cybergames

NCAE Cybergames is open to register students and teams. Students can sign up solo or with a team – no need for faculty involvement.  

The first Northwest game is March 11! Sign Up Now!

Save the Date – NUARI TTX

Save the Date for a NUARI Table Top Exercise (TTX) on April 3rd, 2023 from 3:00 – 8:00 PDT. This TTX will simulate a realistic scenario that involves core business functions of the Space Ecosystem. You and your team will be responsible to respond and mitigate an attack. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in TTXs and be exposed to Cybersecurity core functions. This is a beginner friendly event – everyone is welcome! More information and links to come.

Bsides Seattle 2023
Bsides Seattle is back this year in Redmond on May 20, 2023!
Bsides is a community based conference for individuals in or interested in Information Security. Founded in 2012, Bsides Seattle continues to provide space for the open sharing of ideas, concepts and debates. 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

2023 NICE Conference and Expo

The National Initiative for CyberSecurity’s education holds its national conference from June 5-7.  The NICE Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. 

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

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.

Meeting time:  Fridays at 3:00 PDT via MS Teams

Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity Hub Events

Competitions & Challenges


NCL – Join the competition – starting January 30th 2023.

Registration ends March 17th. Contact Greg Surber if you want to join CityU’s NCL Team. Initial cost is $35 – active participation will receive partial compensation. 

Women in Cybersecurity

Women in

City University of Seattle has just created a new WiCyS student chapter! The first meeting is Friday March 3, 2023 at 11am on MS Teams. WiCyS is an inclusive group – everyone is welcome and invited to join!

Click here to view more information and contact Melissa Lee to be added to the Chapter’s MS Team. 

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!
  • Career Center

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

  • STC Tech Club Private Cloud Lab MS Teams link

  • Now HIRING! Please contact if interested.

    • VP of Marketing

  • Become a valued member of the STC teaching assistant or student worker community. These work roles provide practical work experience, additional opportunities to learn, build your skills and your resume. Additional benefits include working closely with faculty and fellow students as you build your own personal professional network. There are multiple openings for Student Assistant, School of Technology and Computing

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! Take a look at our calendar and club page for more

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

Tech Humor