In academic year (AY) 2015/2016, the Forensic Technology Information Cybersquad was formed. The Cybersquad, headed by Dr. Lethia Jackson, is a group dedicated to implementing secure coding practices into the curriculum at Bowie State University. Working with the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersquad has become familiar with a number of secure coding tools contained within the SWAMP toolset. SWAMP is a free software development platform created at the Morgridge Institute for Research for the advancement of testing open-source & commercial software to improve software code vulnerabilities and further support information assurance in a cyber environment. The team is currently working to teach entry level computer science students secure programming practices and how to utilize the SWAMP tools.
Students from the Department of Computer Science continue to support President Burnim’s signature Education Innovation Initiative (ei2) program. This is an academic enrichment program that brings students from Prince George’s County schools into contact with our students affording them the opportunity to experience science related activities first-hand in an effort to introduce under-represented students to the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) disciplines. This experience is intended to prepare youth for a possible entree into a STEAM related field of study and ultimately a career.