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The National Security Agency designated the University of Arizona’s Cyber Operations program as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). With this designation, UA joins an extremely exclusive group of only 20 Cyber programs in the nation. The NSA’s CAE-CO designation demonstrates that UA’s Cyber program meets the most demanding academic and technical requirements.
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The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Cyber Operations prepares graduates for cyber-related occupations in defense, law enforcement, and private industry.

The curriculum includes both offensive and defensive cyber security content delivered within our state-of-the-art Cyber Virtual Learning Environment to ensure our students have extensive hands-on experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed after they graduate. The Cyber Operations program offers two degree tracks, both in-person and fully online:


The Engineering Track is a deeply technical, interdisciplinary, security focused Computer Science program.

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& Forensics

The Defense & Forensics Track is an interdisciplinary Cyber education program.

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Cyber Law
& Policy

The Law & Policy track lays a strong technical foundation, integrated with legal and policy knowledge.

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Southern Arizona Intelligence Summit

Join us for the 2021 Intelligence Summit, where key intelligence community leaders will speak about the latest in intelligence policy, cyber security, and more. Free for students!

DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)

The DoD CySP is a yearly scholarship program aimed at Juniors and Seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cyber-related academic disciplines. The CySP is a 1-year scholarship, which grants selected Cyber Scholars tuition and mandatory fees (including health care), funding for books, a $25K annual stipend, and guaranteed employment with a DoD agency upon graduation.

Cyber News

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 15:04
Tractors, Pod Ice Cream and Lipstick Awarded CES 2021 Worst in Show
Expert panel awards dubious honors to 2021 Consumer Electronics Show’s biggest flops, including security and privacy failures.
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 14:47
Microsoft Implements Windows Zerologon Flaw ‘Enforcement Mode’
Starting Feb. 9, Microsoft will enable Domain Controller “enforcement mode” by default to address CVE-2020-1472.
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 14:30
Joker's Stash, a forum for stolen data, says it will shut down within 30...

An administrator of a notorious forum for stolen payment data and illicitly obtained personal information says they will shutter the site in 30 days. 

The Joker’s Stash — an online hub where millions of credit card numbers from restaurants and supermarket chains, among others — will cease operation in the coming month, according to post Friday seen by multiple threat intelligence firms. Word of the closure comes from an administrator whom one researcher described as “credible,” and comes after a recent law enforcement action against part of the site. 

The site will shut down on Feb. 15, according to the administrator who goes by the name “JokerStash.”

“Joker goes on a well-deserved retirement. Joker’s Stash is closing,” the post said, according to a transcript provided to CyberScoop by Gemini Advisory, a security firm. “When we opened years ago, nobody knew us. Today we are one of the largest cards/dumps marketplace[s].”

A law enforcement operation that apparently began in December resulted in the disruption of aspects of the website, as CyberScoop reported. The Joker’s Stash appeared to continue operating with little interruption in the ensuing weeks as an administrator of the site taunted the “bastards” who they said failed to stop vendors and sellers from trading stolen data.

The inter-governmental police agency Interpol said at the time the effort was an “ongoing” and “coordinated” law enforcement action.

The Joker’s Stash is one of a handful of popular so-called carding websites that is accessible without the use of the encryption software Tor.

Sellers on the site in October 2020 claimed to offer 3 million credit card numbers they said were stolen in a breach at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a U.S. restaurant chain. Another section on the site offered Social Security numbers and other personal data including a victims’ name, birth date and location in a searchable database.

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Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:06
Rob Joyce named new NSA cybersecurity director

Rob Joyce, the National Security Agency’s special U.S. liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, will replace Anne Neuberger as director in the agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate, the NSA announced Friday.

The Biden transition team announced Wednesday that Neuberger will soon be joining the Biden administration as deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology on the National Security Council (NSC).

It was not immediately clear who would take on Joyce’s role as the NSA’s senior cryptologic representative in the U.K.

Joyce has a long track record of working in cybersecurity leadership roles in the U.S. government. He previously served as senior advisor for cybersecurity strategy to the NSA director, and before that served as special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator on the NSC at the White House. At the NSC Joyce was responsible for national and international cybersecurity strategy and policy for the government.

His expertise in cyber-operations also comes from time serving as NSA’s chief of Tailored Access Operations as well as the deputy director of the NSA’s former Information Assurance Directorate, which, like the Cybersecurity Directorate, focused on cyberdefenses. The IAD was folded into another directorate in a reorganization of the agency in 2016.

Joyce has also previously served as acting homeland security adviser.

Joyce will take on the reins at the year-old Cybersecurity Directorate at a tumultuous time for the federal government’s cybersecurity ranks. The NSC is still investigating the SolarWinds breach, which has affected numerous federal agencies and top cybersecurity companies, and just how much damage the suspected Russian espionage operation has done.

The cybersecurity director post, a role that NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone created just over a year ago, will have no small part to play in response efforts to the suspected Russian campaign. The Cybersecurity Directorate was established to help the NSA enhance its efforts to tip timely and relevant information on foreign government hacking operations with the private sector, and to “prevent and eradicate” those intruders.

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Friday, January 15, 2021 - 11:36
Signal endures 'technical difficulties' amid new popularity

2021 has so far been a chaotic year, and now Signal is bearing the brunt of it.

Signal users around the world began reporting issues sending messages in the mobile application Friday morning. Some users, including the author of this article, found messages took much longer to send than normal, or received a notice that the service was “unavailable” when trying to send messages.

Some users told CyberScoop they were having issues as early as Thursday.

Signal acknowledged in a statement the application is having “technical difficulties”, but did not offer an explanation.

“We are working hard to restore service as quickly as possible,” Signal said in a tweet.

Signal did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the technical difficulties and their origin.

The issues emerged days after Signal reported a sudden uptick in new users following the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. Signal was downloaded 17.8 million times in the Google Play and Apple App stores from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, compared to just hundreds of thousands the prior week, according to apps-analytics firm Sensor Tower.

The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the the National Counterterrorism Center assessed in recent days that the far-right extremists that stormed the Capitol earlier this month will likely be turning to messaging services they perceive to be secure to avoid law enforcement scrutiny, according to an intelligence memo CyberScoop obtained.

The technical difficulties on the Signal application also coincide with users’ widespread concern about an update WhatsApp is making to its data-sharing policies with Facebook for WhatsApp business customers, a concern that has driven some users — even those that don’t fall into the business category — to search for different encrypted chat applications like Signal, according to The Verge.

Users disavowing themselves of WhatsApp, however, should know that while they may be more aware of WhatsApp’s data-sharing practices, the app still has end-to-end encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights organization, said in a blog post.

“WhatsApp still uses strong end-to-end encryption, and there is no reason to doubt the security of the contents of your messages on WhatsApp,” the EFF said.

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