IA Partnerships


Shared Curriculum

Jackson State Community College is a member of the Cyber Security Education Consortium CSEC. Cyber Security curriculum is shared among all member institutions. A link to our consortium page showing member schools can be found at http://www.cseconline.net.  Jackson State Community College, through CSEC, currently works with numerous 2 year colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Here is a list of CSEC partner colleges:

An example of CSEC partnership curriculum development and sharing, over the past several months, Chris Rondeau from Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana  and Thomas Pigg from Jackson State Community College redeveloped two of CSEC’s core courses/workshops, Principles of Information Assurance and Network Security. Once completed, the revised course materials were distributed to the other CSEC colleges for review. Another Example, Ben Eckart from Manhattan Area Technical College in Kansas and Thomas Pigg from Jackson State Community College revised and created new hands-on labs for the CSEC Secure E-Commerce course/workshop. Also, Robert Hamilton from Oklahoma Career Tech has worked with Thomas Pigg from Jackson State Community College on resources, both hardware and software, for the Automation and Control Device Security workshops. The result of this collaboration was the discovery of a special educational discount program sponsored by General Electric’s Intelligent Design Division. This program allows colleges to purchase programmable logic controllers (PLC) and input/output devices at a 70% discount. The program also offers similar discounts for the software interfaces used to program PLCs along with special pricing for PLC and SCADA student training kits. These collaborative efforts are examples of what a large consortium like CSEC can accomplish by working together to develop and share resources in the form of course curriculum development and classroom lab design.

Jackson State Community College has also partnered with the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) and CyberWatch. The partnership has resulted in sharing and developing courseware, faculty development workshop instruction and instructional resource sharing and development through virtualization. For example, recently CSSIA developed curriculum and labs for the CNSS 4011 standard. This course was developed using NDG’s NetLab platform. NetLab allows remote access to the 4011 course lab material. CSEC adopted the NetLab platform in the summer of 2011 to be used to build courses that could be remotely accessed; thus, providing a means for learners to access courses from anywhere. Jackson State Community College, Rose State College and St. Louis Community College were chosen to be distribution sites for courses developed using the NetLab platform. By having this common platform, Jackson State was recently given access to the 4011 course developed by CSSIA. This will allow Jackson State to distribute this course to other CSEC colleges who have NetLab and it will allow those who do not have NetLab to remotely access the course remotely using Jackson State Community College's, Rose State College's or St. Louis Community College's NetLab. There are many other courses that are currently being adapted to this platform for future distribution by developers at CSEC, CSSIA and CyberWatch.

Jackson State Community College has also partnered with the University of Memphis, as noted in Section 2.b. below. The University of Memphis has an Information Assurance Program that provides a path for Jackson State Community College graduates. (See University of Memphis Letter, http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/degreeprog/cas/comp.php, http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/degreeprog/fcbe/mis.php and the link to the Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA) http://www.tn.gov/thec/complete_college_tn/ccta_summary.html)


Shared Faculty

Jackson State Community College assists in curriculum development as part of the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC). Curriculum is developed and shared among institutions. Jackson State Community College is currently the lead CSEC institution in Tennessee for cyber security, digital forensics, and automation and control device security course development. Jackson State Community College has hosted sixteen faculty development workshops on these topics over the past four years to assist faculty develop courses at their respective institutions throughout Tennessee and to other faculty across the Southeast Region of the United States.

As noted in Section 1.a., Jackson State faculty have worked with CSSIA and CyberWatch on a variety of curriculum development projects. The most recent project has involved training faculty how to set up virtualized resources to remotely provide student access to cyber security labs remotely using NDG's NetLab Platform.

Here is a list of shared faculty: 


Educational Technologies

Jackson State Community College delivers many courses via distance utilizing eLearn (Desire to Learn (D2L)) and other online learning systems, which include the Cisco Academy and TestOut’s LabSim. Jackson State has also implemented the VMware ESX Hypervisor Virtualization solution, utilizing NDG’s Netlab as a front end, to assist in the delivery of cyber security and digital forensics courses to its students and to CSEC members. One of the major benefits of this platform is that it is compatible with the platforms used by CSSIA, CyberWatch and other CSEC colleges, which allows a seamless exchange of remote accessible cyber security courses and labs. 


Student Access to IA Practitioners

Jackson State Community College has had guest lecturers make presentations to our students. Industry lecturers are brought in to cover current topics important to Cyber Security and IA. These presentations come in the form of in-person, online and recorded presenters. Faculty at Jackson State have presented at other institutions as well and on occasion, Jackson State faculty have been selected to be guest lecturers for state and local organizations on subjects relating to Information Assurance and Identity theft.

Recent guest lecturers and presenters include the following:

Todd McCall, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, FBI, participated in the announcement of the $2.7 million CSEC NSF ATE Grant Award on October 14, 2009. He also allowed time for students to ask questions about careers with the FBI.  On two other occasions, Todd McCall and Thomas Pigg, Professor of CIS at Jackson State Community College, were guests on a local talk radio show where they addressed various cyber security topics and answered questions from the radio audience. 

Scott Augenbaum, Supervisory Special Agent, Cyber Crime Squad, FBI, was a guest lecturer for Jackson State Students on October 27, 2009 where he spoke on the topic of Social Media and its vulnerabilities with regards to cyber-attacks. Scott also was a keynote speaker at the Cyber Security Awareness Seminar on May 25, 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. The event was planned and hosted by the Tennessee CSEC under the leadership of Thomas Pigg, Professor of CIS, Jackson State Community College and Director of the Tennessee CSEC. The audience included public sector employees and students from the local community college.

Larry Mullins and Joey Hudgins, State of Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, made presentations at the Cyber Security Awareness Seminar for public sector employees on May 25, 2010. Students from the local community college were also present at this seminar.

The Cyber Security Awareness Seminar also included several breakout sessions using CSEC faculty partners from community colleges across the State of Tennessee as presenters that spoke on topics such as Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Mobile Device Security, Social Networking, Physical Security, Encryption, Data Protection, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Tools. Presenters included Kevin Harris, Nashville State Community College; Lisa Matlock, Jackson State Community College; Guanglei Liu, Roane State Community College; Dan Perry, Northeast State Community College; Thomas Pigg, Jackson State Community College; Mahmood Sabri, Northeast State Community College; Jerry Sherrod, Pellissippi State Community College; and Steven Zhang, Roane State Community College.

Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University, author of the Course Technology Network Security textbook was also a keynote speaker during the May 25, 2010 Cyber Security Awareness Seminar. He also made a presentation to the CSEC faculty the day before the conference on Cyber Security best practices for educators.

Robert Hamilton, Lead Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC) Master Trainer, has made numerous visits to Jackson State Community College as an instructor/trainer for cyber security, digital forensics and automation and control device security workshops.

Tammy Alexander, formally Project Coordinator for the Center for Information Assurance at the University of Memphis addressed students at Jackson State on the subject of information assurance scholarship and career opportunities in the fall of 2009 and spring 2010.

Many of these have made themselves available to Jackson State’s student for career advice on several other occasions. Scott Augenbaum, FBI, Larry Mullins and Joey Hudgins, State of Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, have been available numerous times to provide guidance on the College’s IA Concentration. In addition, they are always willing to participate in IA events that Jackson State sponsors.

All Jackson State Community College Computer Information Systems majors are required to complete a 135 hour internship during their last semester. The internship experience allows learners first-hand access to IA practitioners. This is a time when students are able to become involved in IA applications in the real world. Jackson State has dozens of internship sites for its students. There are normally about 20 students enrolled in the CIS Internship Program each semester.

Here are letters from three of Jackson State’s internship sites:

City of Jackson

Jackson Energy Authority

Jackson-Madison County School System