Cybercorps – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 11 Feb 2022 18:24:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Cybercorps – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Cyber programs at The Citadel help crack the code for success https://today.citadel.edu/cyber-programs-at-the-citadel-help-crack-the-code-for-success/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30560 When Cadet Noah Wells, ’22, and Staff Sergeant Ryan Skibicki, ’21, met in Computer Science 305, they had no idea that they would land dream jobs within two months of each other.]]>

By Alaina Rink, CGC ’22

When Cadet Noah Wells, ’22, and Staff Sergeant Ryan Skibicki, ’21, met in Computer Science 305, they had no idea that they would land dream jobs within two months of each other. They say The Citadel’s commitment to rigorous academics and principled leadership in cybersecurity made them preferred candidates.

Wells, a triple major in Cyber Operations, Computer Science and Mathematics, will begin his career in McLean, Virginia as a Cyber New Professional with The MITRE Corporation, a company he discovered at a cybersecurity conference. He says he opened the conversation with, “Hey, want to give me a job?” and was soon fast-tracked on the applicant list because of his involvement with The Citadel’s cybersecurity program, research projects and his personal convictions for a more inclusive world. He is also one of the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service recipients.

Skibicki was already an active duty Marine when he decided to major in Computer Science with a minor in Cybersecurity. He said, “I had no idea about computer science before I came to The Citadel. The small class sizes allow students to pursue in-depth answers to their questions.” In December, Skibicki received a Cybersecurity contract through Military Occupational Specialties. He is one of four MECEPS to receive this competitive contract the first year it became eligible to their program. Skibicki will commission in April and complete more classified training before receiving further orders.

Wells and Skibicki are both in The Citadel’s first Department of Defense Cyber Institute and specifically credit Shankar Banik, Ph.D., for diligently working on the relevance and application of the curriculum. This institute is funded through a Department of Defense appropriation to the National Security Agency included in the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

While The Citadel is committed to educating its future leaders in cybersecurity, it also seeks to inform present industry leaders. On February 24th and 25th, The Citadel will host the Jack Voltaic Conference Series which works to align current cybersecurity stakeholders in order to strengthen critical systems. The theme will be “Cyber Resiliency for Critical Infrastructure.”

Other cybersecurity programs, scholarships, designations and events at The Citadel include:

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship (DoD CySP)
These scholarships, supported through the Department of Defense, are designed to encourage the recruitment of the nation’s top cyber talent to help secure America against threats. Currently The Citadel has seven DoD CySP Scholars (six Cadets and one graduate student).

The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI)
The CDCI mission is to ensure the delivery of principled leaders who are experts in cybersecurity and have the skillset and experience required to begin working for the U.S. Department of Defense as soon as they earn their degrees.

The Citadel CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program
See the article above or read more about the program here.

Cybersecurity/Intelligence Scholars
An innovative program for gifted students who have a strong interest in cybersecurity and national security affairs.

National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
The Citadel was recently re-designated a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense through 2028 by the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency,

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Citadel chapter
There is a new Citadel chapter of the national WiCyS organization. Recently, travel grants were provided for 10 cadets and students to travel to the national conference.

Degrees in cybersecurity and operations
One of the colleges most popular undergraduate majors is Cyber Operations. Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply security principles and practices to the design and implementation of the physical, software and human component of the cyber systems
  2. Analyze and evaluate cyber systems with respect to security
  3. Identify, analyze and mitigate threats in the cyber system

Other related academic programs, including a master’s degree and graduate level certificate can be viewed here.


Alaina Rink is a graduate assistant in the Office of Communications and Marketing while pursuing a master’s degree in English. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education English and taught in the Charleston area for four years.

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New CyberCorps Scholarship for Services cadets announced https://today.citadel.edu/new-cybercorps-scholarship-for-services-cadets-announced/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:33:33 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28136 The Citadel Cybercorps Scholarships for Service 20221-22 cohortThe Citadel Cybercorps Scholarships for Service 20221-22 cohortIt provides scholarships for undergraduate students who will pursue employment with a government entity after graduation.]]> The Citadel Cybercorps Scholarships for Service 20221-22 cohortThe Citadel Cybercorps Scholarships for Service 20221-22 cohort

Photo above: Clockwise – Cadets Annabelle Miller, Khalil Al-Nakhala, Nathanael Ling, Nathanael King and Noah Wells.

There are five new cadets studying this fall at The Citadel with CyberCorps Scholarships for Service support.

They are:

  • Khalil Al-Nakhala
    Hometown: Hingham, Massachusetts
    Areas of study: Intelligence and Security Studies with Cybersecurity minor
  • Nathanael King
    Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major
  • Nathanael Ling
    Hometown: Mebane, North Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major
  • Annabelle Miller
    Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
    Areas of study: Intelligence and Security Studies major with Cybersecurity minor
  • Noah Wells
    Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
    Areas of study: Computer Science, Mathematics and Cyber Operations triple-major

The program is designed to recruit and train cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of federal, state, local and tribal government organizations. It provides scholarships for undergraduate students who will pursue employment with a government entity after graduation.

Members of the first cohort of cadets initially selected for the kick off of the program in 2020, Andrew Lindenmeyer, Shiloh Smiles, Philip Quinn and Ashley Ruiz will graduate in 2022 or 2023, and are already working with cybersecurity professionals through internships and mentorships. Lidenmeyer, for example, is a Computer Science and Cyber Operations double-major who has already interned with the National Security Agency and the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, where he will work fulltime after graduating in 2023 while pursing a master’s degree, which he expects to complete in one year. Ruiz, an Honors Program student majoring in Intelligence and Security Studies and Political Science with a minor in Cybersecurity, has completed internships with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of State and the National Security Agency.

The Citadel was awarded a $2.8 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in 2020 to create South Carolina’s first CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program.

Summary of cybersecurity programs, scholarships, designations and events at The Citadel

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship (DoD CySP)
These scholarships, supported through the Department of Defense, are designed to encourage the recruitment of the nation’s top cyber talent to help secure America against threats. Currently The Citadel has seven DoD CySP Scholars (six Cadets and one graduate student).

The Citadel Department of Defense Cyber Institute (CDCI)
The CDCI mission is to ensure the delivery of principled leaders who are experts in cybersecurity and have the skillset and experience required to begin working for the U.S. Department of Defense as soon as they earn their degrees.

The Citadel CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program
See the article above or read more about the program here.

Cybersecurity/Intelligence Scholars
An innovative program for gifted students who have a strong interest in cybersecurity and national security affairs.

National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense
The Citadel was recently re-designated a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense through 2028 by the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency,

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Citadel chapter
There is a new Citadel chapter of the national WiCyS organization. Recently, travel grants were provided for 10 cadets and students to travel to the national conference.

Degrees in cybersecurity and operations
One of the colleges most popular undergraduate majors is Cyber Operations. Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply security principles and practices to the design and implementation of the physical, software and human component of the cyber systems
  2. Analyze and evaluate cyber systems with respect to security
  3. Identify, analyze and mitigate threats in the cyber system

Other related academic programs, including a master’s degree and graduate level certificate can be viewed here.

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Citadel to create a South Carolina CyberCorps with $2.8 million grant https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-to-create-a-south-carolina-cybercorps-with-2-8-million-grant/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-to-create-a-south-carolina-cybercorps-with-2-8-million-grant/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:44:52 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=13092 Photo of data on a computer screen with profile of a personPhoto of data on a computer screen with profile of a personThe first in SC: Cybercorps SFS at The Citadel highly trained cybersecurity and intelligence leaders through new scholarship program.]]> Photo of data on a computer screen with profile of a personPhoto of data on a computer screen with profile of a person

The Citadel, dedicated to training America’s cyber warriors, will harness a new $2.8 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create the state’s first CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. It is the largest grant The Citadel has earned to date.

The CyberCorps SFS program at The Citadel is linked with the national CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program offered by the NSF and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies. The program will help The Citadel continue to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet the needs of federal, state, local and tribal government organizations.

“This grant recognizes the value of The Citadel’s singularity − a 24/7 Senior Military College where the mission of developing principled leaders is blended with a multi-disciplinary cybersecurity education,” said Darin Zimmerman, Ph.D., dean of the Swain School of Science and Mathematics at The Citadel.

Specifically, CyberCorps SFS at The Citadel will provide scholarships supporting undergraduate students pursuing a major in Computer Science, Cyber Operations, Intelligence and Security Studies, or Criminal Justice with a minor in Cybersecurity at the military college. The recipients will then pursue employment with a government entity in a cybersecurity-related position.

National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps Scholarship For Service grant award
event in Washington, D.C.,
Dr. Shankar Banik, The Citadel, pictured third from left

“CyberCorps SFS at The Citadel will provide a steady supply of highly trained cybersecurity graduates for government positions over the next several years”, said Shankar Banik, Ph.D., professor and head of Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences at The Citadel. Banik is also the principal investigator for The Citadel’s CyberCorps SFS Project. 

CyberCorps SFS cadets and students at The Citadel will participate in research, outreach and cyber defense competitions, in addition to their academic courses, leadership learning and military requirements. 

“The outcome of the project will be a pool of principled leaders with cybersecurity skills in multiple domains who can serve in the Charleston area where there numerous cybersecurity enterprises such as the Naval Information Warfare Center (Atlantic), or wherever they are most needed,” said Banik.

Banik noted that CyberCorps SFS cadets and students at The Citadel will also benefit from the long-established relationships between the college and federal and state entities such as the Naval Information Warfare Center (Atlantic), Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency.

Banik will be assisted by a group of co-principal investigators from The Citadel faculty including:

The program represents a college-wide effort utilizing resources and expertise from the newly created Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences, the Departments of Criminal Justice and Intelligence and Security Studies, the college’s Center for Cyber, Intelligence and Security Studies, The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence and the college’s Student Success Center, Office of Admissions, and Career Center.

The Citadel is one of only six federally appointed Senior Military Colleges, and one of only two that continue to have a 24/7 military structure for their undergraduate population. The Citadel has the highest 4-year graduation rate in South Carolina and is U.S. News & World Report’s #1 Top Public College in the South for the ninth consecutive year.

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