National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information
Assurance/Cybersecurity by both the National Security Agency and the
Department of Homeland Security.
University of Maine System recognized as one of the nation's premier academic leaders in the area of cybersecurity education
The federal government has recognized the University of Maine System
(UMS) as one of the nation's premier academic leaders in the area of
The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) has designated the UMS as a National Center of Academic Excellence
in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity (CAE/IAE), a designation that
honors schools excelling in the development of professionals who help
protect national security information systems.
Posted: October 2014
MCSC Featured on CBS News
On September 24 2014 CBS Evening News featured the Maine Cyber Security
Cluster and its laboratory space, located on the USM campus, in a
national story about educating students in arts and science of cyber
security. The video and article can be found here
Posted: September 2014
August Vulnerabilities and Notes from CERT
Posted: August 2014
P.F. Chang's Possible Data Breach
P.F. Chang's announced that it is investigating a possible data breach. Thousands of credit and debit card information may have been stolen.
Read more about it here
Current Vulnerabilities and Notes as Reported by CERT.
Microsoft announced (3/24/2014) an in the wild exploit of Word v. 2003,
2007, 2010, 2011, 2013.
Because of the way Outlook and Word interact on the windows operating
system this should be considered an outlook vulnerability as well but
that portion of the exploit has not been seen in the wild.
The basic outline of the attack is to take advantage of a problem with
how word handles RTF (Rich Text Format) files (*.rtf) to execute code
that will install a backdoor and then other malware will follow.
Microsoft is working on the issue.
This is a "nasty" exploit because it affects many systems and uses the
rtf format that is often used to exchange documents between systems.
Microsoft's technical note can be found here.
For a greater technical discussion click here.
News & Updates
MCSC, CSO and USM Introduce:
The Small Business Cyber Security Guide
This guide was created to provide an overview of cyber security best practices for
small businesses and to be a starting point to plan how to follow these best practices.
Cyber security intrusions are very real and are increasing daily.
Download SBCS Guide
Download SBCS Trifold
Updated: August 2014
MCSC Ribbon Cutting
Posted: August 2014
MCSC will be having it's ribbon cutting event on August 26th, 2014
More information can be found here