ISACA Student Group gearing up for Spring 2017

New-ISACA-SG-Logo4c-300x159The Temple University ISACA Student Group (TUISG) is an official chapter of ISACA International founded by graduate students in the ITACS program. The ISACA student group took a tour of SunGuard’s facility during Fall semester.  The group is now organizing fun and interesting activities for ITACS students and alumni for Spring semester 2017.

ITACS’ student finalists at National Cyber Analyst Challenge


ITACS’ NCAC Finalist Student Team

ITACS’ student team advanced to the final round of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge, sponsored by Leidos and the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple University.  In the first round, the ITACS team took the highest-level GOLD award, making it to the finals in Reston Virginia where they competed against teams from ten other colleges and universities for the grand prize.   Led by Wade Mackey our ITACS team included: Darin Bartholomew, Andres Galarza, Jason Lindsley, Josh Zenker, and Roberto Nogueda.

As the field of cyber-security greets new threats and regulations every single day, Temple’s ITACS program is dedicated to staying ahead of the curve. In pursuit of this goal, the program has created a brand new Cyber Security Track, now offered to ITACS’ ever-growing student body (whose numbers soared from 11 students in 2012 to approximately 95 this year).

ITACS is proud to offer two new special topics courses for the Cyber Security Track Spring Semester: The new courses Operating Systems Security  and Forensics complement the ITACS programs other cutting-edge courses:

  • Intrusion Detection & Response – Students learn the variety of tool and techniques used to prevent attacks, quickly identify successful attacks, detect advanced persistent threats and monitor systems activity.
  • Securing the Digital Infrastructure – Examines issues related to securing the components of a company’s infrastructure, reviewing network, firewall, and basic operating system security issues.
  • Ethical Hacking – Introduces students to hacking strategies and tactics used by ethical or “White Hat” hackers. A theoretical and exercise-based exploration of Security Penetration through vulnerability exploitation.
  • Advanced Penetration Testing – Introduces students to penetration testing, methods of vulnerability assessment and exploitation are examined as a means of identifying areas requiring improved security and recommended changes.
  • Cyber Security Capstone – Reviews all topics covered in the track; prepares for CISSP exam; requires students to research an emerging topic in the field of IT assurance.

ITACS continues to post impressive achievement numbers, as 80% of ITACS students passed the CISA on their first try, and 94% secured jobs after graduation—figures that reflect not just the quality of the training but also mounting demand for professionals armed with ITACS skills.

Biggest ITACS Class Ever

SunglassesThe biggest class of incoming ITACS students ever started class on Monday, August 29th.  Not only are they the biggest class we’ve had, but they also have best academic credentials.  They are a diverse group with about half being international students, half being Temple undergraduates, and half male/half female.  For the two weeks before class, they have been working with Career Services to prepare for the upcoming recruiting season.   This week our ITACS classes and workshops started and next week will be our first social gathering.  All in all, the semester is starting with a bang!

IT Career Fair

IT Career Fair
The Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) will be holding an IT Career Fair on October 9, 2013 (Wednesday) from 11am-3pm in Alter Hall.  You will be given the opportunity to interact with top employers who are interested in recruiting Fox School of Business MIS, ITACS, Information Technology Management, Digital Marketing, and Digital Entrepreneurship students (both majors and minors). 
Employers from GSK, Lockheed Martin, AstraZeneca, Cigna, ARAMARK, Deloitte, Dow and Merck will be attending as well as many others. 
To participate in this career fair you will need:
1. To be CSPD’d
2. An approved eportfolio listed on the Fox MIS Community eportfolio site
4. The deadline is October 2, 2013.
In order to have an approved eportfolio you must submit it to the above site for approval.  Please be sure to read all of the points on the samples and resources page before submitting your eportfolio.  A denial can be avoided by reading this page first and fixing any issues you may have before submitting your eportfolio.
Each student that registers by the deadline will receive free special business cards to hand out to employers at the Career Fair.  These special cards will list your name, major, email address and will have a QR code so that the employer can scan it with an iPAD and see your eportfolio while they are speaking to you.  Only these special business cards are allowed at the career fair.
If you miss the deadline of October 2, 2013, your registration may be denied. In addition, even if you are accepted, AIS will charge you for the special business cards.


ISACA Accepts ITACS as Aligned

ISACA Approves Fox ITACS

On September 4th 2012, ISACA approved the Fox MS ITACS program and curriculum.

As of September 2012, the Temple University curriculum for the MS program IT Audit and Cybersecurity (ITACS)  as submitted to ISACA was found to be in alignment with the ISACA® Model Curriculum for IS Audit and Control. Graduates of this program qualify for one year work experience toward the Certified Information Systems Auditor™ (CISA®) designation.

The last sentence is especially important for Fox graduates as it means that they will be able to qualify as a CISA with one year less work experience than if they had not attended ITACS.

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