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IST alumni Rusenko and Fanini's company valued at $455m

Weebly, founded by IST alumni David Rusenko and Chris Fanini along with Dan Veltri, has been valued at $455 million in a new round of funding from investors eager to cash in on a recent boom in website-creation services, according to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal.

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Tripwire donates cybersecurity analytics cloud service to Penn State

Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced a gift of a cloud-based risk and analytics cybersecurity service to the Center for Cyber Security, Information Privacy and Trust at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The nonexclusive license grant provides a license to Tripwire Benchmark, a cloud-based risk and analytics cybersecurity service. Penn State has valued the technology at $11.75 million, and it is the single largest contribution the College of IST has received to date. “This very significant gift provides unique opportunities for the College of IST for research, education and outreach,” said David Hall, dean of the College of IST. “Our research in cyber security, big data analytics and discovery, and human-computer interaction match very well with Tripwire’s evolving database and toolkit. We will be able to use this gift in classroom exercises and in the curricula for our undergraduate Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) major and graduate program in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. We are very thankful for Tripwire’s generosity and will display the gift prominently in the IST Building’s new laboratory.”

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Students hope to spread coding interest, innovation at 36-hour HackPSU event

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — More than 300 students will set sleep aside for innovation Friday as part of the third annual Penn State hackathon, called HackPSU. HackPSU 2014, hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology and student-run organization Innoblue, begins Friday (April 4) at 8 p.m. and ends Sunday (April 6) at noon in the IST building. The event kicks off the college’s 2014 IST Start-Up Week.

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Penn State’s online homeland security degrees celebrate fifth anniversary

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Penn State launched its online homeland security master’s degree program in 2010, the Christmas Day “underwear bomb” terrorist attack topped the news. Terrorist tactics have evolved since then. Today’s homeland security professionals need to be generalists who can work across agencies and nations to prevent and respond to diverse threats. On the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security program, Penn State is embarking on a curriculum update with guidance from its Homeland Security Advisory Council. Penn State’s online homeland security programs include a master’s degree in homeland security (base program), with options in agricultural biosecurity and food defense, geospatial intelligence, information security and forensics, and public health preparedness, as well as four graduate certificate programs and two postbaccalaureate certificate programs. Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs leads the partnership with the colleges of the Liberal Arts, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, Agricultural Sciences, and Medicine. The World Campus delivers the programs online to more than 400 students.

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Distance doesn’t deter online Penn Staters from forming student clubs

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Joining organizations is part of the quintessential college experience. But what if you’re one of the growing number of students going to school online? Ray Vasquez, a Penn State World Campus student from Dallas who is pursuing dual bachelor's degrees in information sciences and technology, and security and risk analysis, and lives more than 1,000 miles from University Park, started the World Campus Technology Club this year as a way to get more involved in college activities and collaborate with other students.

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IST Start-up Week to be held April 7 - 11

Job fairs are held to get students hired. Cranking it up a notch, Start-up Week 2014 -- hosted by Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) -- is designed to get students inspired. Think “Silicon Valley meets Happy Valley,” but don’t stop there. Beginning April 7, successful entrepreneurs and innovators from around the country will converge at Penn State for a week-long celebration of ingenuity and inspiration that will encourage students to consider careers where they can be leaders from day one.

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Students to develop mobile health app in cross-college idea pitch competition

In recent years, individuals have increasingly turned to apps that can help them lose weight, track their blood pressure, quit smoking or perform a number of other functions to assist them in their lifestyle goals. As costs go down and applications increase, wearable technology — which includes smartwatches, exercise trackers and heart rate monitors — is becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious consumers. At Penn State, students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) are working together to develop a mobile solution that addresses a societal health issue in a cross-college idea pitch competition.

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Mastre, IST alumnus, endows $50K trustee scholarship

Ray Mastre, a 2004 Penn State New Kensington alumnus who received a B.S. in information sciences and technology, recently established the $50,000 “Raymond Mastre Professional Advancement Trustee Scholarship” at the campus. “Penn State’s IST program continues to build leaders that are heavily recruited throughout the business world,” Mastre said. “Penn State New Kensington offers the same level of high quality education. As IST graduates mature in their careers, it’s my hope that they will return to the campus and assist in the development of the program, either with their time or financial resources.”

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IST to hold pitch competition for aspiring entrepreneurial students

As Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) prepares for its third annual Start-up Week on April 4-11, students across the University will once again have the opportunity to hear the stories of successful young entrepreneurs and innovators in the technology field. As part of Start-up Week, aspiring entrepreneurs at Penn State will have a chance to pitch their ideas for cutting-edge technology solutions in a cross-college competition.

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New book describes innovative teaching practices of IST faculty members

University teaching and learning has never been more innovative than it is now, according to Jack Carroll, a distinguished professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). A new book that he edited describes a set of innovative teaching practices from IST faculty members that challenge assumptions and push beyond standard practices at the individual faculty and classroom level.

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Cameron to moderate discussion on Affordable Care Act website

The issues plaguing the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) website have been widely publicized, causing major roadblocks for President Obama’s signature health care initiative. Upon the website’s launch in November 2013, technical glitches made enrollment in the ACA’s federally run insurance exchanges a problem for millions of consumers. According to Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), many of the technical problems might have been avoided if enterprise architecture practices had been better employed in the website’s design and development.

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IST students test Google Glass

Wearable technology is infiltrating today’s tech industry — first with wrist-based devices, and most recently with Google Glass — and Penn State students are getting the chance to test those technologies first-hand. Students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are trying out the technology while it’s still in experimental stages, preparing them for the upcoming PSU mHealth Challenge , which will use Google Glass as a platform rather than a mobile phone, Irene Petrick, of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, said. Students in Petrick’s class, Innovation and Design in a Digital World , have been playing with the devices for the past couple weeks to understand how they work and change their interactions with other people.

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Red Cell lab uses military tactics to ensure THON security

On Feb. 21 to 23, more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will participate in the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend. The event is a culmination of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer. Considering that THON is a high-profile, heavily attended event, ensuring the security of participants and onlookers is a major concern for organizers. This year, for the first time, THON is partnering with a laboratory in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) that uses military tactics to detect and combat security threats.

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International conference will address role of technology in disaster response

In recent years, natural and manmade disasters, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan and the Boston Marathon bombing, have increased public awareness of the role of technology in disaster response and crisis management. To address those issues, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the GeoVISTA Center will be hosting an international conference this spring that will bring together leading experts and researchers who are dedicated to improving disaster response across the globe. “The conference will bring together academics and practitioners, emergency responders and government policy makers around topics in emergency response,” said Andrea Tapia, an associate professor in the College of IST and the organizer of the conference. “It will also showcase the excellent research being done at Penn State in this area.”

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IST/SHC course offers aspiring leaders real-world experience in policy making

In today’s interconnected global society, individuals who aspire for careers in international affairs must possess a broad knowledge of policy issues. William Schreyer, the benefactor of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College (SHC), understood that obtaining that knowledge requires more than classroom learning. To implement his vision of educating future leaders, he funded a course at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) that provides students with hands-on experience in diplomacy and policy-making. “(The class) grew out of Mr. Schreyer’s conviction that we need to be globally engaged,” said Christian Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College.

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Director plays leading role in efforts to standardize enterprise architecture

Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been named to the governance board for the Enterprise Architecture Body of Knowledge (EABOK) initiative and EABOK Consortium, which were recently launched by the MITRE Corp. and offers enterprise architecture (EA) practitioners and researchers a centralized location for exchanging knowledge about the profession. “It is a great honor to be asked to be on the governing board of the EABOK and EABOK Consortium,” Cameron said. “This type of international effort is greatly needed for the field of enterprise architecture.”

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Cameron leads effort to define career path for enterprise architects

In today’s globally competitive, economically challenged environment, the need for enterprise architecture (EA) is steadily increasing in organizations of all types and sizes. As a result, EA professionals are in high demand in industry, government and nonprofit organizations. A lack of a commonly accepted career path for enterprise architecture related professional is cited as an area of top concern by many organizations today. The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), under the direction of Brian Cameron, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has recently announced the initiation of a global effort to define the common core career path structure for EA related professionals.

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Penn State's online programs are highly rated in 2014 U.S. News' rankings

Penn State’s online campus, the World Campus, ranked in the Top 10 for its online undergraduate and graduate programs among the hundreds of higher education institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released today (Jan. 8). Penn State World Campus rankings include: No. 3 for best online bachelor’s programs No. 5 for best online graduate engineering programs. No. 6 for best online graduate computer information technology programs.

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Cameron visits India to deliver keynote big data and cloud computing

Cloud computing -- a consumer/delivery model where information technology (IT) capabilities are offered as services billed based on usage -- has brought big data analysis to the masses by giving businesses access to vast amounts of computing resources on demand. As the technology continues to advance, the question for many businesses is how they can benefit from big data and how to use cloud computing to make it happen. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently delivered a keynote address at an international conference in India about the need for enterprise architecture (EA) in order to design and implement effective enterprise-wide big data and cloud computing environments.

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David Hall to conclude IST deanship in May

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — David Hall, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has announced he will be concluding his deanship at the end of the academic year in May 2014.

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