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June 27: MN Cyber Career Expo

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The MN Cyber Career Expo  is for high-tech employers to meet with students from MN Cyber Academy, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State and DEED registered IT-Trained Veterans.

The event will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 27, at Metropolitan State University, Student Center, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Employers that wish to exhibit should register using this link. The cost is $100 per company/employer. Registration closes June 15. Space constraints limit the event to 50 employers. Contact Faisal Kaleem  at 651-793-1238 or faisal.kaleem@metrostate.edu for more information.

The MN Cyber Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and credentials required to successfully begin or advance a career in the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This program was designed by Metropolitan State and the Minnesota IT Center of Excellence, in collaboration with senior executives and technical staff from the Department of Defense, leading government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies.

Jobs that require cybersecurity know-how have a range of titles. The most common, according to the SANS Institute Cybersecurity Professional Trends survey, are Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security/IT Director or Manager, CISO/CSO, Systems Administrator, Network Architect or Engineer, Forensics Investigator, Auditor, Systems Engineer or Integrator, among quite a few others.

MN Cyber positions Metropolitan State University as premier regional training facility for cybersecurity professionals

There is current and upcoming need for IT professionals with the skills, certifications, and problem-solving abilities to meet cybersecurity industry growth in Minnesota and the nation. This shortage is expected to persist for years and presents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals with the right skills and certifications. Increasing incidence of cyber-attacks demands highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals.

MN Cyber and Elbit Systems of America are addressing the challenges of accelerating the certification of new cybersecurity experts with the installation of the MN Cyber Range powered by the Cyberbit training and simulation platform, Cyberbit Range.The grand opening of the MN Cyber Range will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event at Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center, 664 6th Street East. The event will include a tour of the training classroom and a demonstration of the MN Cyber Range training platform’s capabilities. 

The MN Cyber Range is a simulator platform and has been used to train and certify thousands of new IT and cybersecurity professionals. It allows security professionals to advance their careers by staying current in their skills and knowledge of cybersecurity attacks and threat detection. This platform is the first and only Cyber Range in Minnesota and will enable MN Cyber to train and provide the skills, knowledge and credentials necessary to professionals in information technology and cybersecurity career fields. The MN Cyber Range training facility is set to commence training classes on June 18 at Metropolitan State.

“The most exciting thing about cybersecurity is that this field probably will never see its demise. The battle between the good and bad guys will never stop. No company, no matter the size or industry, is or will ever be immune to a cyber-breach. We all know technology only goes so far. It is the skilled workers who make the difference in protecting the sensitive information. Ongoing training is the only way that boosts agile response to powerful adversaries who will always outpace organizations in a constantly evolving cybersecurity world,” says MN Cyber Executive Director Faisal Kaleem.

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Team Metro wins big at State Cyber-Defense Competition qualifier

After coming in second place for two consecutive years, Team Metro took home the gold at the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) state qualifier, hosted at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

“We were the youngest team to join two years ago and were the runner-up for 2015 and 2016 state qualifier. The team is fairly young and only had one returning member from last year as compared to many other teams who have many repeat members participating for few years,” said Prof. Faisal Kaleem, team advisor and associate professor in the university’s Department of Information and Computer Sciences. “This is a good team, with varied skills and has the potential to win the regional competition.”

The team now has a chance at the regional competition, which will take place March 17-18, in Chicago, Illinois. The winners of that contest advance to the national competition, to be held  April 13-15, in San Antonio, Texas.

The team consists of 12 Metropolitan State students who showed strengths in both technical and soft skills, as well as a commitment to the competition.

This year’s Team Metro lineup includes:

  • Maryan Osman (Computer Application Development)
  • Alex Hepp (Computer Information Technology)
  • Mai Phan (Management Information System)
  • Brian Thill (Computer Science)
  • Prakat Tuladhar (Computer Science)
  • Taylor Beauclaire (Computer Science)
  • Nick Hanzlik (Computer Information Technology)
  • Ann Putnam (Computer Information Technology)
  • Kurt Wise (Computer Science)
  • Austin Kleineschay (Computer Information Technology)
  • Richard Ketelsen (Computer Science)

The ultimate goal of Metropolitan State’s Cyber Defense Team is to bring more visibility to Metropolitan State, and Minnesota as a whole, when it comes to cyber-security, and talent in the field. The team has worked on many initiatives in the cyber-security and forensics sector.

In 2018, the team hopes to have eight returning team members, putting them in an advantaged position for upcoming competitions.

Students who are are interested in joining Team Metro for next year should contact Kaleem, at Faisal.Kaleem@Metrostate.edu. Learn more about the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) here.

Photos from the Student Leadership Awards

Student Life and Leadership hosted the 18th Annual President’s Student Leadership Awards on May 6. Six awards were given out to student leaders, organizations and programs.

The Cyber Security and Forensics Student Organization (CSFSO) received the Student Organization of the Year award and the CSFSO advisor, Faisal Kaleem, associate professor, Information and Computer Sciences, was chosen as the Student Organization Adviser of the Year.

Sarah Leistico received the Female Student Leader of the Year Award and Burak Tekin received the Male Student of the Year Award.

The Alcohol and Drug Counseling Student Association received the Program of the Year Award and Sabat and Abida Omer received the Wow Factor Award for establishing and leading the American Sign Language Club.

Congratulations to the winners!

Faisal Kaleem honored at 2016 Employee Awards

Faisal Kaleem, faculty, Information and Computer Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Community Engaged Scholarship Award, presented at the Employee Awards event on April 14. University community members are nominated based on their demonstration of extraordinary leadership and civic engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship or service.

Faisal Kaleem accepting the 2016 Community Engaged Scholarship Award.

Kaleem began integrating community engagement into his computer security course in spring 2015. Each semester, Kaleem’s students develop and facilitate cyber security workshops for youth through the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES).

In October 2015, Kaleem and the cybersecurity student organization collaborated with ICES and the Dayton’s Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library to hold the first, of hopefully many, cyber security community event. Community members were invited to bring their devices to be analyzed by Kaleem’s students for security vulnerabilities and get awareness training.

Kaleem’s passion for engaging his students and the community is well known and this award recognizes the outstanding work he has been doing.

Faisal Kaleem named advisory board member, National Cybersecurity Student Association

Faisal Kaleem, Associate Professor, Information and Computer Sciences department, was named as a member of the Advisory Board for the first ever National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA). Only nine board members are appointed nationally.


The NCSA is dedicated to enhancing the educational and professional development of cybersecurity students through activities, networking and collaboration. This group supports the cybersecurity educational programs of academic institutions, inspires career awareness and encourages creative efforts to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the field.

Kaleem was also appointed to serve as a member of the program committee for the 2016 National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) conference, Nov. 1–2, Kansas City, Mo. The NICE conference features thought leaders from education, government, industry and non-profits who are addressing the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs of the nation.

“I truly appreciate all the support, help and exposure Metro State provided me to achieve these national designations,” said Kaleem. “I am proud to be part of Metro State community.”

Students selected to present research at Posters at St. Paul

Five Metropolitan State students have been selected to participate in Posters at St. Paul, an opportunity for undergraduate students and their faculty mentors to present their research to state government leaders.

All Minnesota State Legislatures have been invited to attend this event so they would have a clear understanding of the impact of undergraduate research on student development, the state of Minnesota and the broader global community.

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Computer forensics team takes 2nd place in state Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Minnesota-CCDC-Branding-ElementMetropolitan State’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Team placed second at last Saturday’s state competition. The team is comprised of computer forensics students in the Information and Computer Sciences Department and this is the second year they’ve competed in the state CCDC.

Using current hardware and software standards, the competition asks teams to apply the theory and practical skills they’ve learned in their coursework to detect and defend their networks against real-time threats posed by another team.


This year’s team included: Muhammed Motala, Ozkan Kahveci, Corey Solberg, Seth Moudry, Nick Hanzlik, Christopher Crayne, Christopher Nelsen, Warsame Ali, Hachem Alassaad, Wan-Ju Chen and Nematullah Nazari. Team support was provided by Dmitri Poberejnii, Alex Hepp, Brian Thill and Matthew Weikert.

Team coach Faisal Kaleem, associate professor, Information and Computer Sciences, said of the competition, “The team did extremely well as we were only five points behind the first time. I would say the margin is shrinking and hopefully next time we will make it to regional.”