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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tours Auburn Engineering research centers

5/3/24 2:30 PM

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, who as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation's second highest-ranking military officer, toured prominent Auburn University engineering research centers in advance of his Friday address at Auburn's NROTC commissioning ceremony, at which he will serve as commissioning officer.

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Auburn’s McCrary Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to partner on first regional cybersecurity center to protect the nation’s electricity grid

4/18/24 10:00 AM

Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security was awarded a $10 million Department of Energy grant in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to create a pilot regional cybersecurity research and operations center to protect the electric power grid against cyber attacks.

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#GINNing Podcast: Quantum Credentials

12/14/23 12:00 AM

After cracking his parents' password as a boy in Jordan, Farah Kandah, associate professor in computer science and software engineering, thankfully decided to use his knack for hacks on as force for good. These days, that's taking the form of quantum computing education and mentoring the Auburn Ethical Hacking Club.

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Auburn Cyber Research Center the focal point for academic security research at Auburn University

12/6/23 10:00 AM

The Auburn Cyber Research Center blends skills, needs from a variety of engineering disciplines, creates cyber research for the betterment of industry, society

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Longtime Southern Company executive named COO at McCrary Institute

11/28/23 10:20 AM

Nick Sellers, who served in a variety of leadership positions within the Southern Company umbrella for more than 20 years, has been named chief operating officer for Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.

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Members of Auburn Ethical Hacking Club gain real-world experience at premier national cyber competition

11/14/23 2:00 PM

What’s the best means to integrate, maintain, and secure an organization’s internal system infrastructure and remote client management software? Engineering students found out at CyberForce.

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Auburn one of 10 universities nationwide to earn 3 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity designations

10/30/23 8:50 AM

The National Security Agency designations are for cyber operations, cyber defense and cyber research.

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Professor in computer science and software engineering develops novel method to prevent cyber attacks on low earth orbit satellites

10/9/23 9:05 AM

Tao Shu's NSF-funded project will randomly scatter pieces of code from one satellite to another, creating a logistical nightmare for would-be hackers

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Cyber Fire Puzzles presents real-life cyber security challenges to develop students' cyber defense skills

8/21/23 2:25 PM

Almost 60 students were presented with cyber security challenges in the form of puzzles to develop skills fundamental to practitioners on August 19-20.

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Students spend weekend as cyber sleuths, trace fictional attack

4/20/23 10:00 AM

Tracer FIRE, held April 14-16, was an educational program is developed and run by Sandia National Laboratories for the purpose of training university students in cyber incident response.

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Auburn University appoints Mario Eden as its new dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

4/14/23 2:00 PM

Following a national search, Mario Eden, the Joe T. and Billie Carole McMillan Professor and chair of Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named as the 14th dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Interim Provost Vini Nathan.

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McCrary Institute to host top experts for virtual roundtable on securing space

4/11/23 2:25 PM

Event Will Discuss Need to Prioritize Resilience of U.S. Space Systems

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Tauritz appointed university's first director of national laboratory relationships

1/12/23 9:20 AM

Daniel Tauritz, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, and interim director/chief cyber artificial intelligence strategist of the Auburn Cyber Research Center since 2020, was appointed effective Jan. 1 to the newly-created position of director for national laboratory relationships.

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Auburn University Board of Trustees approves Applied Research Institute

11/11/22 11:15 AM

The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a proposal Friday to form an Applied Research Institute that will represent an aggregation and culmination of various defense, aerospace, national security and biotech efforts at Auburn University. The proposed institute will serve as a hub to coordinate, organize and market these many efforts to Auburn's external constituents.

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Former NSA, U.S. Cyber Command leader visits engineering students, faculty

10/31/22 2:00 PM

Michael Rogers, a 1981 Auburn alumnus, shared views on a number of cybersecurity-related topics Friday during a special, interactive discussion

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Grand Challenges in Cybersecurity: A Discussion with Admiral Rogers

10/25/22 11:00 AM

Students, faculty with an interest in cybersecurity are encouraged to attend

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#GINNing Podcast: Securing Security

10/7/22 10:00 AM

Smart people like the 1992 movie "Sneakers." So, it's no wonder Sam Mulder, new associate research professor in Auburn's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, can quote it.

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Graduate students awarded second place at world's largest hardware security competition

9/7/21 8:20 AM

Three graduate students in electrical and computer engineering, Yadi Zhong, Yuquiao Zhang, and Ziqi Zhou, identified bugs and wrote code to exploit vulnerabilities within computer chips and took second place in the virtual, 33-team HACK@SEC21.

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Cyber Fire Challenge provides real-world, code-cracking experience

9/2/21 12:50 PM

Thirty-five Samuel Ginn College of Engineering students and two Alabama National Guard members signed up to crack cryptic codes, discovered cyber anomalies, and investigate for potential malware during the third Cyber Fire Puzzles Cyber Security Challenge.

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FBI to unveil new cyber strategy during Auburn University virtual event

9/27/20 8:00 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will unveil its new cyber strategy this week during a virtual event hosted by Auburn University’s McCrary Institute. The FBI's top cyber executives will discuss the Bureau's new cyber strategy during the event Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. CT.

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McCrary Institute to host virtual event on election security amid COVID-19

9/18/20 10:00 AM

With Election Day just weeks away, many are concerned about the security of the process relating to cyber threats, voter registration databases and COVID-19. Auburn University’s McCrary Institute will host a virtual event to address those concerns Tuesday, Sept. 22, with special guest Matt Masterson, senior advisor for election security for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

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Three Auburn engineers featured in cybersecurity episode of ‘Reinventing School’

8/28/20 3:41 PM

McCrary Institute Director Frank Cilluffo and students Charlie Harper and Vicki McLendon were recently featured on a new episode of “Reinventing School,” a web series that examines the future of education as schools have increasingly shifted to digital platforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tauritz tapped as interim director of Auburn Cyber Research Center

7/28/20 11:48 AM

Associate professor Daniel Tauritz will lead more than a dozen faculty and staff affiliated with the center, which integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting our nation's cybersecurity. His appointment began June 1.

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Auburn's combined commencement ceremonies postponed indefinitely

7/27/20 4:13 PM

In the absence of planned ceremonies, Auburn is still prepared to welcome and celebrate graduates and guests who have already planned to travel to Auburn for the Aug. 8 weekend.

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Applying game theory to predict the future of satellite internet

7/20/20 11:55 AM

Satellite internet is the future of internet access, not only for the United States, but the rest of the world. Using game theory, aerospace engineering assistant professor Davide Guzzetti is working to predict how the satellite internet economy might play out in the years to come.

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E-lections? Not so fast says Auburn information security expert

6/22/20 12:07 AM

Assistant professor of computer science and software engineering Drew Springall weighs the pros and cons of online voting on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast.

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Homeland Security acting secretary discusses focus on economic security and COVID-19 during virtual event hosted by Auburn University

4/30/20 5:30 PM

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is safeguarding the nation in many ways – to include a priority focus in the months ahead on economic security.

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Auburn University partners with U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission for live virtual event

4/28/20 1:25 PM

Following its official report on cybersecurity strategy and policy recommendations in March, the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission will partner with Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security on Wednesday, April 29, for a 90-minute live event titled “Is Deterrence Possible in Cyberspace?”.

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Auburn researcher moderates panel on using AI for cybersecurity

3/31/20 9:26 AM

Daniel Tauritz recently moderated a panel discussion on the “Use of AI for Cybersecurity” at the Intelligence National Security Alliance’s spring symposium, whose theme was “Building an AI Powered Intelligence Community.”

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Auburn Engineering professors shaping future of AI in Alabama through work on state commission

3/27/20 12:25 PM

Hari Narayanan and Gerry Dozier are lending their expertise as members of the Alabama Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Associated Technologies, which will provide a report to Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Legislature.

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Feds eyeing Auburn Engineering for recruits

2/17/20 10:00 AM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has become a recruiting hotbed for the nation’s premier intelligence agencies, and its reputation for such is quickly on the rise.

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Solving the Puzzle of AI's role in Cybersecurity

1/17/20 12:00 AM

Solving the Puzzle of AI's role in Cybersecurity

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Auburn cyber expert participates in panel discussion on the AI workforce

1/8/20 1:06 PM

Daniel Tauritz, chief cyber artificial intelligence strategist for the Auburn Cyber Research Center, was one of four experts invited to discuss challenges facing the AI workforce and how to build a solid foundation for those entering the field.

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Auburn AI strategist to assist Los Alamos National Laboratory in addressing national cyber threats

10/30/19 7:52 AM

A budding partnership between Auburn University and Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking shape with the recent appointment of Daniel Tauritz as a guest scientist focused on solving national cyber threats.

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Auburn University to provide cyber training to Alabama National Guard

8/26/19 3:32 PM

Auburn cyber researchers will provide subject matter expertise and technical support through cyber analyst training, cyber range exercises and development of strategies to defend critical infrastructure across Alabama.

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Auburn University hosting Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director, Assistant Director during two-day event Aug. 22-23

8/16/19 3:45 PM

As a leader on the forefront of cybersecurity research and professional preparedness in the industry, Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director and assistant director during a two-day event Aug. 22-23.

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The Forward Leaning CIO

7/15/19 12:00 AM

Dr. David Umphress and Frank Cilluffo co-authored "The Foward Leaning CIO" in the CIO Review.

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McCrary Institute director testifies before House committee on threats from foreign-owned enterprises

5/17/19 7:00 AM

Frank Cilluffo, director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday, saying foreign-owned enterprises pose a critical threat to our national transportation and critical infrastructure networks. He told the committee of the potential significant consequences to U.S. economic power, military strength, innovation and jobs, noting current vulnerabilities, consequences of those vulnerabilities and solutions.

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Auburn University takes charge as new national cybersecurity leader

2/15/19 7:00 AM

Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are taking the lead as an institution on the forefront of cybersecurity research and professional preparedness in the industry.

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Auburn cybersecurity expert supports military's new offensive hacking strategy

2/11/19 8:00 AM

Many cyber experts, including Frank Ciluffo of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure, agree with the Trump administration's goal for stepping up offensive hacking operations.

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Auburn Cyber Research Center taps Jason Cuneo as chief technologist

1/18/19 2:43 PM

As chief technologist, Jason Cuneo will provide subject matter expertise while also helping the Auburn Cyber Research Center work with industry to develop cyber-focused internship and job opportunities for current and graduating students.

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Cilluffo appointed to Cyberspace Solarium Commission

10/29/18 2:00 PM

Frank Cilluffo, director of Auburn University's McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, has been appointed to the Cyber space Solarium Commission, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced today.

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Cyber Security, Hackers & Meddling: Expert Frank Cilluffo Explains

10/19/18 9:04 AM

Frank Cilluffo, director of the McCrary Institute, joins the Rick & Bubba Show to discuss cybersecurity.

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New cybersecurity degree to meet ‘urgent and unmet need’ in workforce

10/9/18 8:43 AM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering continues to prioritize the importance and necessity to safeguard against cyber-related attacks through the launch of the new Master of Cybersecurity Engineering.

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Glynn Cavin selected as director of Auburn Engineering Online and Continuing Education

9/21/18 7:00 AM

Glynn Cavin has assumed the role of director for Auburn Engineering Online and Continuing Education. As director, Cavin will oversee the long-range planning and manage the day-to-day activities of the graduate online program and continuing education office.

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McCrary Institute director named to Homeland Security Advisory Council

9/18/18 12:00 AM

Frank Cilluffo, the new McCrary Institute director, was sworn in today as a new member to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.

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Auburn University names Frank Cilluffo as new McCrary Institute director

9/5/18 1:00 PM

Auburn University has taken another step forward as a leader on the national stage of cybersecurity with today’s naming of globally renowned cyber expert Frank Cilluffo to direct Auburn’s Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.

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Alabama cyber security programs ramp up amid rising threats

1/25/18 3:00 PM

Protecting the nation’s infrastructure, industries and sensitive information in the digital age is the focus of advanced research taking place across Alabama. Universities are boosting their research efforts in the field of cyber security, along with programs that produce highly skilled graduates.