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Cybersecurity news & events

Internal and external cybersecurity news and events associated with the University of Washington.


NSA Codebreaker Challenge

  • When: Mid-September, 2019 –January 9, 2020
  • Who: U.S. Based Academic Institutions
  • What: Annual Cyber Challenge Event
  • Where: Register online
  • 2019 Challenge Scenario: Tech savvy terrorists have developed a new suite of communication tools that are being used for attack planning. Recent intelligence suggests the terrorists are communicating via TerrorTime, a custom Android secure messaging app.
  • Your mission is to:
    1. Reverse engineer and develop new exploitation capabilities against TerrorTime to enable message spoofing, user masquerades and message decryption
    2. Discover and thwart future attack plans!

NSA is an EOE employer. U.S. citizenship is required.

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2019 News articles

The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity is a resource hub for students and professionals. Here we offer a listing of relevant news related to information security, cybersecurity, cyber defense and industry headlines. Read our news archive for articles from 2017 and beyond.


November 21: 2019 CAE Symposium Pheonix, AZ The CAE in Cybersecurity Symposium is designed to provide community members and applicants the opportunity to network, receive community updates, and present their research to the community.  The symposium is open to all existing Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Centers of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R), and Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO), as well as government representatives and invitees. This also includes schools that have applied for CAE Designation or are in the process of applying. Registration closes November 15th, 2019.


National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) logo in blue and oarnge fontNovember 11-16: National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week , hosted by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Visit the website to learn more about national efforts to inspire American's to join the Cybersecurity workforce to enhance national security and economic prosperity.


Profile picture of U.S. Army Captain Alyssa Cummin with American flag in backgroundNovember 9: United States Army Captain Alyssa Cummin will soon be graduating from the University of Washington's (UW) Master's in Infrastructure Planning and Management (MIPM). While serving her country oversees, she was able to work on her Master's program online and integrate her academic and practical experience in critical logistical infrastructure management. Read about her story and the MIPM program at the UW School of Urban Planning and Design.


J Kelley Stewart headshot and logo for Visual Plan Security & Facility Management, blue and oarnge colorsNovember 7 & 8: Approaches to Risk Assessment -- Tools & Processes, a workshop by Visual Plan Security & Facility Management.  J Kelley Stewart, will cover risk assessment theory, processes, practical applications, new technology, and tools grounded in real-world examples. The toolkit will include a GAP Analysis Tool, a BOWTIE Comparison Analysis, and a Business Impact Analysis. Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, 8:30am-4:30pm.


November 1 & 2: The 2019 Hivestorm is a virtual collegiate-focused cyber defense competition. Teams will have a 4 hour window to work on the provided virtual machines, each deciding when their competition window starts. To register a team for Hivestorm, download and fill out the Hivestorm Roster form. Email the completed form and a resume from each of your team members to Registration closes Oct 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM Central Time.



October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM 2019) "US Department of Homeland Security: Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT." This NCSAM event, held every year, is a collaboration between government and industry to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity and educate Americans on resources available. The NCSAM 2019 Toolkit contains resources for further education.


Cybersecurity Talent Initiative logo, blue and oarnge color schemeOctober 18: Applications due for the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative. This initiative brings together public and private sector work with students interested in the cybersecurity field. Deadline to apply is October 18, 2019.




Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Community blue and red circle logoSeptember 27: The Centers of Academic Excellence will host the Cybersecurity Community Virtual Fair, sponsored in partnership with CyberWatch West and the National Science Foundation. This fair will connect cybersecurity students with emoloyers offering internships, part-time positions and full-time positions. If attending, create a profile and upload a resume for employer review before the fair. For more information email


White and red sign with the Pacfiic Northwest National Laboratory name and logoFall quarter: The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has internships available in their Richmond, WA and Seattle, WA offices. These opportunities are for cybersecurity, computer science and nuclear engineering students, who desire to enrich their studies and participate in research. For questions email To apply, go to and search for:

  • Job Opening ID: 309638
    • Posting Title: Tech Student - Cyber Security (Undergrad)
    • 10 weeks minimum, up to 24 months pending performance and funding
  • Job Opening ID: 309641
    • Posting Title: Masters Intern - Cyber Security
    • 10 weeks minimum, up to 36 months pending performance and funding
  • Job Opening ID: 309643
    • Posting Title: Post Bachelors RA - Cyber Security
    • 6 months minimum, up to 24 months pending performance and funding

September 16: The Fulbright Scholar Program is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2020-2021. These awards are for flexible, two to twelve month, multi-country grant opportunities in teaching, research or a combination of teaching and research. For questions email


Blue computer with pink lock on screenSeptember 14: Real CSI: Cybercrime Investigations and Cybersecurity Careers at Edmonds Community College (9am-4:30pm). Join Cyberterrorism experts and instructors to learn about personal online safety, digital crime and forensics. No prior experience necessary. This seminar is free and registration is required.



Blue and white cyber lockJuly 31 - August 01 11th: Annual Pacific Northwest Export Control Conference: Cybersecurity. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Seattle University School of Law and in cooperation with University of Washington's Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity are hosting this year's conference on export control rules and procedures.



June 17-21: PNNL Introductory Course on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards. A one-week, introductory course on nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards. The course is tuition free and will be held at the Richland, WA campus of PNNL, June 17-21, 2019. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Application deadline Friday April 26, 2019. Contact Amada Sayre by email or phone 206-528-3244.


June 19: The U.S. Chamber's of Commerce will be hosting a Cybersecurity Series: Seattle event from 9 am - 2 pm at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. Speakers will be focused on facing the growing cyber threat landscape and risk management for organizations of all size. Registation must be made in advance and lunch and parking are included.



Box with black background and bright green word cluster on cybersecurity focusMay 22: Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Executive Director of the Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity, will be speaking at a panel discussion on Women in Cybersecurity at Seattle Pacific University. The panel will discuss issues in cybersecurity and entering the field.



Logo of the United Stateds Department of Homeland Security and The National Security Agency.May 16: The University of Washington Bothell's Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity (CIAC) has been redesignated as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Research, through 2024. This designation, through the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), provisions grants, conferences, and special programs offered through these agencies available to the University of Washington student's and faculty.



April Idaho Partnerships logo with image of Idaho state with code overlaying the state's shape29th: The 2019 Summit will be held April 29, 2019 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. The series has expanded cybersecurity capabilities of small business, government, and large industry throughout the State of Idaho. The 2019 workshop will increase cybersecurity resilience through collaboration among all stakeholders. Click here for registration.


Red box with white CISO Mag logo.April 17: Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, CIAC's Executive Director and founder of the Certificate in Information Seucurity & Risk Management at the University of Washington, was interviewed by CISO Mag on cybersecurity and how women can get involved in the industry. Her years of experience in industry and acedemia prove to be useful for those intereseted in cybersecurity.


Logo in blue and grey for Cyber Range PoulsboApril 5: CyberRange Poulsbo will present a Workshop on the PISCES project at CWU – Ellensburg, on April 5th 2019. Contact Erick Fretheim by March 1 for more details.



March 26: Ginger Armbuster, City of Seattle Cheif Privacy Officer and graduate of the University of Washington's Certificate in Information Assurance & Risk Management, has been named as a "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of 2019" by Government Technology Magazine.



March 26: Join King County for the Region 6 Critical Infrastructure Working Group Cybersecurity Workshop. Engage in timely discussions on current cyber threats and how stakeholders can partner together as a region to increase the cybersecurity and resilience of our infrastructure. DoubleTree Suites - Seattle Airport Southcenter,16500 Southcenter Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98188. Contact Nate Weigel, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, by email or phone: 206-443-7723.


Blue and white cybersecurity lockMarch 13: "For a cybersecurity career, you must never get complacent", CIAC Director Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky talks with Silicon Republic on her career advice and steps towards a successful cybersecurity career. Read the full article here.



March 4-5: The Great Conversation™ in Security will be held March 4th-5th at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington. This forum will provide a platform to inform, engage, and provide attendees with the tools needed to take risk, resilience, and security programs to the next level.



Barbara Endicott-Popovsky headshot, black sweater and purple turtleneckFebruary 5: Diversity talk: “If you are passionate about what you are doing, distracting nonsense fades into the background”. Dr. Endicott-Popovsky talks about her long and rich working history in technology and cybersecurity.



Image of a circuit board.January-May: Jackson School International Policy Institute's Cybersecurity Initiative to Host Lecture Series on Cybersecurity and Technology Futures - The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Cybersecurity-series-poster-(3).pdf


Green and grey image with Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium logoJanuary 31st: The 2019 Northwest Cybersecurity Symposium is an opportunity for researchers, government agency representatives, and business professionals to come together to discuss the cybersecurity challenges we face in the Northwest. View PDF's for call for papers, presentations, posters & sponsorship.


December 2018 New Articles


Barbara's headshotDecember 26th: Gender, GDPR and tooling up for the cyber-wars – thought leadership from Barbara Endicott-Popovsky. IT security guru Barbara Endicott-Popovsky on the major hurdles the West faces in the cyber-war – and why she loves GDPR.




student at computer with cybersecurity image and backgroundNovember: "Waging War in Cyberspace" UW doctoral student Donghui Park, a cybersecurity fellow in the Jackson School of International Studies, part of the Jackson School’s Cybersecurity Initiative, team discusses his research on the war in cyberspace.




T-Mobile icon, pink background with large white TOctober 22nd: Internship launches cyber career at T-Mobile, by Douglas Esser. Read how one recent UWB graduate leveraged her time at UWB in Law, Economics and Public Policy combined with a T-Mobile cyber security internship.




Computer with world mapMarch 29th: Join Professor Matt Bishop from UC Davis and a moderated panel of experts as they address Washington state “Voting System Vulnerabilities”  Read More

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