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Penn State's free benchmark cybersecurity analytics service delivers new vulnerability management insights

The College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, in partnership with Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, today announced that the top 25 percent of vulnerability management contributors scanned their networks nearly continuously and had an average aggregate host risk score of 2.14 using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

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Penn State’s Security and Risk Analysis program receives NSA designation

The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) degree program at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is designed to prepare students to join the front lines of cybersecurity. In recognition of the program’s strengths and accomplishments, Penn State has been designated by the Committee on Networked Systems Security (CNSS) – a parent organization of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-21.

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Outstanding IST community members recognized for their achievements

Faculty and staff from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently convened at the Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate and honor members of the IST community who made outstanding contributions to the college during the year and to recognize individuals who have been with the College of IST for five, 10 and 15 years of service.

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Get the 'insider experience' with Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts app

Thanks to a smartphone app developed by researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, this year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts promises to be more interactive than ever before.

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Technology camps at Penn State encourage students’ interest in IST

Four camps being offered this summer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) through the iTech Academy program are providing area youth the opportunity to learn new technology, have fun and gain an understanding of what IST has to offer.

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IST Dean David Hall to leave legacy of innovation, growth

The first few deans at a relatively young college -- like Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) -- have a unique opportunity to shape the mission of the college and instill a vision for future growth and success. After David Hall concludes his deanship of the College of IST on June 27, he will have left a legacy of innovation, expansion and – perhaps most importantly – a college shaped by his genuine and engaging personality.

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Purao receives Pioneer Award for contributions to design science

Design science -- the creation of novel technology artifacts and their embedding in our physical, economic and social environment -- has been gaining recognition as a distinct field in recent years. Sandeep Purao, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has played a leading role in advancing the field of study, and was recently recognized for his pioneering role in the field at a major design science conference.

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Dupont makes the most of his undergraduate experience, from University Park to South Korea

For the majority of college students, freshman year is mostly about getting adjusted to campus life, taking required courses, and exploring interests. However, for Jules Dupont, who will be a sophomore at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the fall, the highlight of his freshman year was traveling to Seoul, South Korea to present research on social network deviance at a prestigious international conference. Rather than simply meeting the requirements of his major, he is seeking to gain the maximum benefit from his Penn State education by immersing himself in high-level research.

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Manderson, '03 IST grad, elected to Alumni Council

Shawn Manderson, a 2003 graduate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, who is a senior IT auditor with FMC Corporation in Philadelphia, has been elected to a three-year term on the Penn State Alumni Association's governing body, Alumni Council.

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WEIS coming to IST June 23 and 24

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will host the 13th annual Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) on June 23 and 24. WEIS is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy and computer science.

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IST grad aims to shake up entertainment industry

Versatility, creativity and innovation are key traits that Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) tries to cultivate in its students. Since graduating from the college in 2012, Ryan Glynn has exemplified those characteristics by launching two companies that aim to make waves in the entertainment industry, in addition to working in the information security field.

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Penn State and New Leaf give student entrepreneurs unique opportunities

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A pilot program between a downtown State College nonprofit organization and Penn State aims to provide student entrepreneurs access to resources they need to succeed. New Leaf Initiative, which offers a gathering space for mission-driven individuals, organizations and resource providers from diverse backgrounds to connect and collaborate, has partnered with Lion Launch Pad, a Penn State center assisting student start-up businesses. The new initiative, dubbed NL3, was officially started in May.

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IST advisory board member and wife make historic $1M gift to Lion Ambassadors

The Penn State Alumni Association has received the largest gift in its 143-year history, from a Penn State alumnus and his family. Matthew and Anne Schuyler, of McLean, Va., have made a $1 million gift commitment to endow the Alumni Association’s Lion Ambassador program. Matthew Schuyler is an advisory board member of the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Online marketing schemes can still lure customers

TEL AVIV -- Despite warnings and legislation, online consumers may still be susceptible to post-transaction marketing schemes, according to Penn State researchers. At least 40 percent of consumers who made an online purchase in a study bought an additional product, even though it offered no extra value, said Jens Grossklags, assistant professor of information sciences and technology. "The focus of this study was to determine the likelihood that a consumer would accept an offer after they had already made a purchase," said Grossklags. "What stood out was the vast number of people who actually accepted the offer."

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IST training to defend against Blackshades attacks

Imagine your webcam being used as a gateway into your private life, relaying images and video without your knowledge or consent. In a recent case involving Cassidy Wolf, the reigning Miss Teen USA, Jared James Abrahams, 20, used Blackshades, a remote administration tool (RAT), to take nude photos of Wolf and others through their webcams. He then threatened to post the photos online if the girls refused to video chat with him or send more nude pictures. Abrahams was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to extortion and unauthorized access of a computer. This was not an isolated incident of Blackshades being used with malicious intent.

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"Human geography" charts the path for IST alum's career

For Todd Bacastow, a 2005 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Schreyer Honors College, technology and business make the perfect partners in solving real-world problems. Since graduating from the College of IST, he has had a number of roles that use cutting-edge technology to develop innovative products and solutions. As director of product management, Bacastow works to incubate, launch and grow products for DigitalGlobe’s Insight line of business, which brings together satellite imagery, geospatial data, and analytic technologies to answer critical questions for decision makers. One of his major accomplishments, he said, has been the commercial launch of a human geography product that consists of data layers derived from satellite imagery, open sources of information, and crowdsourcing.

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ISCRAM coming to IST May 18-21

Global thought leaders on crisis response and management will converge at Penn State’s University Park campus from May 18-21 for the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST).

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IST celebrates 2014 graduating class

Melissa Sirera, the 2014 student marshal for Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), said that her enrollment in the college was motivated by a desire to learn about security issues through real-world problem solving and teamwork. As she prepares to graduate and enter the field of global security, she says she has no regrets about her decision. “The College of IST has aligned with my goals of having a successful career in the field of global security by teaching critical thinking and team collaboration through problem-based learning,” said Sirera, a Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) major. “Many SRA courses require students to work in teams to complete analytic tasks that are designed to represent real-world scenarios. These types of projects provide invaluable experience, and I truly believe this aspect of the college has prepared me for my future endeavors.” The Spring 2014 commencement ceremony for the College of IST will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The event marks the final commencement at which Dean David Hall will act in a presiding role. Hall will step down as dean at the end of the Spring 2014 semester and will return to the College of IST in Fall 2015 as a faculty member.

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Online B.S. in IST program ranked #1 in the nation

The Best Schools selected the top online IT Bachelor degree programs based on courses offered, program quality, awards, rankings, faculty, academic standing, reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree study. Penn State World Campus's online B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology ranked #1 this year.

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For the Future campaign gives many the gift of a Penn State education

For Cierra Freeman, a 2012 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the College of Agricultural Sciences, her Penn State education enabled her to rise above the challenges of the foster care system and “grow larger than the world’s expectations.” Joshua Buitrago, a junior at the College of IST, was born to immigrant parents who instilled in him the value of education. While he was initially worried about the financial stress of getting through four years of college, a number of scholarships and grants have eased his family’s burden and enabled him to fulfill his potential. Freeman and Buitrago are just two of the many IST students and alumni who have received scholarships through Penn State’s For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students campaign, a $2.158 billion fund-raising effort fueled by the generosity of donors who understand the life-changing capabilities of a Penn State education. Overall, more than 603,000 donors made more than 2.1 million gifts to the historic University-wide effort, including approximately $519 million pledged for undergraduate student scholarships, the top priority of the campaign.

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