CEROC Presents – Crowdsource Learning in Cybersecurity with Cyber Interest Groups

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Eric Brown, elbrown@tntech.edu, 931-372-3519

On March 4, 2021 CEROC staff and students conducted a webinar entitled “Crowdsource Learning in Cybersecurity with Cyber Interest Groups” as part of its Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI) Coalition Project at TNTech program series. The webinar discussed the peer mentoring program at CEROC as implemented through the center’s cybersecurity interest groups (CIG). These CIGs include specialties in defensive and offensive cybersecurity as well as capture the flag (CTF) competitions. Students from HBCUs and MSIs seeking to create such groups were invited to participate. The CEROC CIGs will work with these schools to develop their own interest groups.

The webinar was led by Dr. Ambareen Siraj (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ambareensiraj/) and CyberCorps SFS students Austin Tice, Max Layer, and Austin Brown along with undergraduate CIG leaders Mia Fisher and Mike Soare. During the webinar, presenters discussed

  • the nature of the CIGs
  • how they are executed
  • examples of activities
  • specific competitions related to each CIG
  • the benefits of peer mentoring

Students participating in the event came from:

  • Hampton University
  • Fisk University
  • Coppin State University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Stillman College
  • Prairie View A&M
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • University of the District of Columbia

A recording of the webinar can be found at https://youtu.be/ROlQ3tsxBt0. More information about the CEDI project at TNTech can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/ceroc/outreach/cedi.php. Information about CEROC can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/ceroc.