ITACS Students Place 1st and 2nd in ISACA Philadelphia Chapter’s 2017 Scholarship Competition!

ITACS Students win 1st and 2nd place in ISACA Philadelphia Chapter’s 2017 Scholarship Competition!

  • 1st  Place – $2,500 Scholarship awarded to Ioannis (“Yanni”) Haviaras  (read Yanni’s essay here)
  • 2nd Place – $1,500 awarded to Paul Linkchorst (read Paul’s essay here

The competition’s announcement asked participants to select and write an essay on one of the 3 topics provided:

1. Increasing Speed and Sophistication of Cyber Attacks
2. Privacy and Identity Management
3. Strategic Workforce Planning

…Yanni’s and Paul’s essays responded to the first topic – “Increasing Speed and Sophistication of Cyber Attacks”

For me,” Paul Linkchorst reported, “I just initially saw the case competition in ISACA’s weekly newsletter and was reminded by professors/staff of the ITACS program.  I simply wrote up an essay using knowledge from coursework, work experience and critical thinking on certain topics.  After receiving the award, I was able to attend ISACAs Philly Chapter meeting where I received the award and was able to network with professionals.



Threats & Opportunities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

IBITBarbariansThe Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) is pleased to announce the release of The IBIT Report – Threats & Opportunities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) authored by David Lanter, Temple University.

This report provides an insightful history of the development of GIS and related technologies, outlines a framework for classifying sensitive geospatial data based on factors of risk and value, and provides a processing for recognizing, governing and mitigating cyber security risks.  The approach detailed is applicable to not only to location data but to all data for which there is a cyber security concern.

The ongoing IBIT Report series is based on rigorous, vendor-neutral academic research that provides actionable knowledge on topics relevant to industry partners.


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.

IT Career Fair

IT Career Fair
The Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) will be holding an IT Career Fair on September 27, 2017 (Wednesday) in Alter Hall.  You will be given the opportunity to interact with top employers who are interested in recruiting ITACS students.
To participate in this career fair ITACS students will need:
1. To be CSPD’d
2. An approved eportfolio listed on the Fox MIS Community eportfolio site
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 to be announced 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.


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