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Tech’s CEROC joins Department of Homeland Security’s national public awareness campaign


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Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign.

Published Thursday Jul 19, 2018

Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign. This national public awareness campaign aims to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the American public to be safer and more secure online.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the education outreach team at DHS,” said Eric Brown, Tech’s CEROC assistant director. “They have supported us with materials and speakers in our GenCyber camps and CyberCorps Scholarship for Service boot camps, not to mention their support of the Women in Cybersecurity conference. This partnership is the next logical step to providing even more materials in support our K12 outreach work.”

Brown says being more aware of cybersecurity risks and taking a few simple steps can make a big difference in the overall online safety. That is why CEROC has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign.

“Cybersecurity touches nearly every part of our daily lives,” said Brown. “It includes the broadband and wireless networks, the local systems in our schools, hospitals, and businesses, and our nation’s power grids and other critical infrastructure elements. We depend on the Internet for nearly everything we do. As technology advances, so do the techniques cyber criminals use to gain access to our computer networks.”

This new partnership will provide new tools and resources to educate, adding to the center’s growing library of outreach materials which will be used to encourage and enhance cybersecurity awareness in the areas of personal, academic, governmental, and industrial operations throughout the region. Cyber safety resources can be found on the STC website at https://www.dhs.gov/about-stopthinkconnect.

The Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center at Tennessee Tech University, under the direction of Ambareen Siraj, is a center of excellence in the College of Engineering focused on K-20 cybersecurity education programs, research in emerging cybersecurity topics and outreach programs to stakeholders in academia, government and industry.  CEROC is an NSA-accredited Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education and host of the first and largest CyberCorps SFS program in the state of Tennessee. 

More information about CEROC and its programs can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/ceroc or by sending an email to ceroc@tntech.edu.

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