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CSUSB contributes to training next generation of cybersecurity professionals
May 16, 2022

A feature on the need for cybersecurity professionals to fill jobs in a rapidly growing field included mention of Cal State San Bernardino’s work through its cybersecurity training center, which offers virtual and physical environments for students to learn.

“If you’re teaching cyber, one key thing is having a virtualized environment, having access to cloud resources,” says Vincent Nestler, director of the center and a professor at the school. “Then, you can deploy a full network to a single student, where they get to interact with all of the operating systems.”

But while virtual learning environments support remote learning, on-campus labs and physical spaces help create a fully rounded academic program, the article said.

“To have a good, robust cyber program, you must have a really robust playroom where you bring in technology and you can do whatever you want — let’s open it up, take it apart, put it back together. Let’s see how this plays with that,” said Nestler, whose cyber lab includes a broad and deep inventory of key equipment.

“We have forensic machines. Are you interested in hacking? We can set up machines where you can hack and do competitions. Are you interested more in physical security or devices? We have doors that you can practice picking locks on,” he says.

Students can play with and practice on the school’s Dell 820 servers with Kubernetes installed or computers with Cisco routers and switches.

“You have to have a space that allows people to actually use the stuff they learned in the classroom, the stuff they are interested in,” he says.

Read the complete article at “Robust technology supports higher education cybersecurity training programs.”

CSUSB professor and other experts explain why hate crimes are difficult to prosecute
May 17, 2022

Three unrelated shootings that authorities are investigating as hate crimes – and the reported increase in such incidents – also points to the fact that so few of these cases are ever prosecuted as such, for a myriad of reasons. For one, nearly half of all hate crime incidents aren't reported to the police, the U.S. Justice Department reported. That number is even higher in targeted communities, since many victims don't report their experiences out of distrust or fear of persecution, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Read the complete article at “Buffalo and Laguna Woods are reeling after recent racially-motivated shootings. Here's why it's difficult to prosecute hate crimes.”

CSUSB criminal justice professor discusses the rise in hate crimes 
ABC 10 Morning Blend KXTV Sacramento
May 17, 2022

In a segment about hate crimes, after two mass shootings over the weekend, Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said, “What we have seen is that crime has gone up and hate crime has gone up.” Levin noted that these incidents stemmed from a trend of ongoing tension between political and ethnic differences, and that lawmakers and authorities need to take a look at red flag laws.

Watch the segment at “11:16 KXTV-SAC (ABC) – ABC 10 Morning Blend Extra Shot.”

In related coverage, the work of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was cited in the following:

CSUSB center’s study indicates underreporting of hate crimes in Dallas
The Dallas Morning News
May 17, 2022

Following a shooting that injured three women of Korean descent at a northwest Dallas hair salon, the newspaper took a look at hate crimes in that region. While Dallas police reported 13 hate crimes in 2021 – none against Asian Americans – the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino reports that in 2020, Dallas had 62 total hate crimes and six were against Asian Americans. The jump in numbers could indicate a dramatic increase in hate crime or the difficulty categorizing such crime.

Read the complete article at “Hate crime underreported in Dallas, FBI says.”

CSUSB center cited in article about hate crime at Dallas hair salon
The Black Chronicle
May 18, 2022

The man accused of shooting three Korean women in a Dallas hair salon last week had been admitted to several mental-health facilities because of his delusions about Asian people, his girlfriend told police, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday.

According to a March 2021 report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes reported to police in 18 major U.S. cities, including in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, increased 145% from 49 incidents 2019 to 120 in 2020.

Read the complete article at “Suspect in Korean salon attack was having delusions about Asian people, girlfriend says.”


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