Message From Leadership

Program Manager: Morgan Zantua

This week I would like to encourage students to get ready for Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October.   

Dean Chung’s philosophical approach when establishing the School of Technology & Computing was to integrate security concepts into all programs and ensure STC graduates have the technical hands-on skills to compete in today’s workplace. The question is how do students demonstrate security competencies to prospective employers? The answers: The National Cyber League (NCL) and NUARI Tabletop Exercise (TTX). 

The NCL is recognized by schools, universities, government agencies, and employers as a platform to demonstrate and build technical competencies. There is an individual event and a team event. This user-friendly professional development activity includes a gymnasium that is open now through December. Participants can compete starting at different levels of technical proficiency. Students receive a scouting report at the end of the season. Participate and share scouting  reports with prospective employers as ‘evidence of competence.’  This fall NCL season STC students signing up, competing, and turning in a copy of their NCL Scouting Report will receive a 50% reimbursement on the competition’s $35 registration fee. Sign-up now on the NCL website, start working on your cybersecurity skills. Be sure to register for one of the ten reimbursement scholarships here. 

The next Cybersecurity Awareness month activity in October STC students want to engage in is the NUARI Tabletop Exercise. NUARI is recognized by the NSA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, and the National Cyber Preparedness Consortium as an effective way to train professionals to respond to cyber security incidents. A 4-hour role-playing exercise on Thursday, October 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Mountain Time, simulates a real-world “cyber incident” and is open to STC undergraduate and graduate students. Register here.  

Whatever your STC degree program, no matter how much ‘experience’ you have, participate in these October events. Gain valuable experience, hone your skills, and these exercises will give you something to talk about at work, on interviews, and in class. 

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

Happy Thursday!  

Join us for the Kernel Level Work tutorial this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. It is not necessary but is helpful to have Kali Linux already installed on your virtual machine.  

Also don’t forget, registration for the National Cyber League competition is open. Click here to learn more about this individual competition opportunity. This is beginner friendly! 

The first 10 CityU students to enter will received half of their entry fee reimbursed upon completion. Register for one of the reimbursement scholarships here.

  • STC Tech Club

STC Applied Research Symposium – Summer 2021
There will be a quarterly Smart and Secure Computing Applied Research Symposium on Sep 9, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM PDT. STC ARS invites qualified students currently enrolled in the capstone project course to present their work. Please join us for exciting findings in the field of computer science, cybersecurity, and data science.


The best competition value available today is the National Cyber League. The Pre-Season Registration is open now until October 8th. 

Any STC student who completes the competition and turns in their Scouting Report received a 50% rebate on the $37.00 registration fee. To learn more about the competition watch this video or attend the STC Cybersecurity Club this Thursday, at 5:30 PDT.


  • Gym Open: August 23 – December 17 
  • Preseason Game: October 11-18 
  • Individual Game: October 22-24 
  • Team Game: November 5-7 

Upcoming Events

STC Applied Research Symposium Summer 2021

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, research or team projects 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 Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Event Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM PDT

Click here to join

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