Fayetteville Technical Community College now a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education

The announcement coming in form of official mail from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC ) a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education through academic year 2023.

According to the letter:

“[Fayetteville Technical Community College’s] ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace,14 February 2003 and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defending against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so. Education is the key to promoting these ideals.

FTCC has excelled in supplying today’s workforce with graduates prepared to tackle an ever-changing battle, securing information as it travels by 1’s and 0’s.

In recent years, FTCC has become a power-house for those looking to enter the cyber security realm. From opening the Cyber Defense Education Center to partnering with the Fayetteville / Fort Bragg ISSA chapter, FTCC is dedicated and driven to academic and professional excellence in cyber security.

The Fayetteville / Fort Bragg ISSA extends a congratulations and a job well done to those at FTCC who made this achievement happen. Noteworthy are the incredible students and board-members of the student ISSA on campus who go above and beyond the classroom to make an impact on the cyber community.

Certificates will be presented during a designation ceremony in June of 2018 at the National Cyber Summit to be held in Huntsville, Alabama.

February Meeting


At 5:00 PM all were invited to come out to Fayeteville Tech Community College to enjoy Brooklyn’s Pizza and network with other professionals. During that time, all were directed to sign in at the front desk and receive their name badge.


From 6:00PM – 7:00PM our local chapter President, Mr. Matthew Young, led us in a discussion, entitled Compliance First, focusing on the Risk Management Framework (RMF) process. Topics included:

  • (A couple of) Compliance Tools used in RMF: SCAP, STIG, NIST 800-53
  • A review of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Process *as seen by Mr. Young*:
    • Plan – Whats the system used for? Is it public facing? Which framework will we use?
    • Categorize – Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability ( CIA triad)
    • Build – Apply framework, network/perimeter defense, applications, services
    • Harden – Establish baselines, monitor, maintain
  • Some examples of assessing controls and the paperwork involved.

…A complete description of the RMF process can be found here or here.


Our senior cyber professionals led us in a round table discussion on:

  • How to get into the Cyber realm?
  • What certifications are all about and the best ones to pursue.
  •  Upcoming conferences and events.
  • Real world experience from leaders from U.S Army Forces Command, Cisco, AT&T Consulting, and many more!

In closing, the ISSA Fayetteville / Fort Bragg decided that this meeting was going to be about helping. Whether you were a student in attendance all the way up to seasoned cyber professional, guidance was offered to all. Road-maps to success were created, resumes were reviewed, and business cards were exchanged. If you missed it, that’s ok! Click here to register for the next Chapter meeting in March and stay tuned to this page for more information and all of the details concerning the ISSA Fayetteville / Fort Bragg. While you’re at it, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter so you don’t miss out on anything! Hope to see you at the next one!


Compliance reduces attack surface which limits attack vectors. – Matthew Young

Sponsor of ISSA meeting in Fayetteville NC

January Meeting

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January’s ISSA Fayetteville / Fort Bragg Chapter meeting was a success! Special thank to  Fayetteville Technical Community College, TEKsystems, and Endgame for sponsoring the event.

First, attendees were encouraged to grab a plate of food (provided by the sponsors mentioned above) and network among fellow members, newcomers, cyber professionals, and cyber newbies. Recruiters from TEKsystems introduced themselves and all were welcome to chat with them about new job opportunities.

Second, Anthony Pierce and William Ogle lead us in a discussion entitled “Compliance versus Security, Two sides of the same coin”. Topics included NIST 800-53, Talos Intelligence, Cyber Kill Chain, and a look into what is takes to track down authors of malware.

To wrap the night up, Endgame brought their presentation and a demo of what they have to bring to the table for IT Operations, SOC, and Hunt teams. Click here to learn more!