The Cyber Security Student Working Group is a student led organization striving to build cyber capability among the next generation of international policy professionals. To this end we are working with experts in the community and the region to educate, empower and entertain the student body, faculty and staff at MIIS.
We have a (closed) facebook group here.
All CSWG meetings will take place on designated Wednesdays starting at 4:30 pm and will last 1-2 hours. The specific meeting locations will be announced when room reservations have been received. Each meeting topic will fall under a larger, general topic and will be led by a CSWG Executive Board Member. Meetings are meant to be a group discussion, not merely a lecture. The designated presenters will guide the meeting discussion in order to facilitate participation and encourage a group learning environment.
Club President Dan Gifford is also the MCySec Research Assistant and Media Manager. As an operator of the Wideband Global Satellite system, he served in Okinawa, Japan. His background includes terrorism studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a degree in anthropology from Columbia University. He is interested in the nexus of anthropology, counter-terrorism and cyber issues with a particular focus on central and southern Asia. Among other facets of network and computer systems training, he has taken the SANS 560 Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course.
Club Vice-President David Schmerler hails from Chicago, Illinois. David is focused on East Asian security issues, particularly the ongoing challenges between North and South Korea.
Club Treasurer Ben Volcsko, currently a member of the US National Guard, has served in a variety of positions, including threat analysis and working as an instructor in Mandarin Chinese. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, specializing in Chinese. He is pursuing the joint BA/MA program at MIIS, and spent last summer as a student intern at the Cyber Defenders program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Club Secretary Elizabeth Berger has a diverse background.