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CSUSB joins the Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program to train cybersecurity professionals
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
May 24, 2022

In an effort to grow the cybersecurity workforce needed to build more resilient and secure space systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has teamed up with U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command to create the Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program—or CHIRP.

CHIRP brings together government, industry, and colleges and universities to provide students a direct two-year pathway to a cybersecurity career at Space Systems Command or their industry partners. California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is the first higher education institution to join the effort.

Students selected for the program receive the Space Cyber Research Scholarship and commit to working at Space Systems Command or a selected industry partner, such as PNNL, after receiving their degree. The program focuses on partnering with minority-serving institutions that have a proven track record of preparing a diverse population of students for cybersecurity and computer science careers.

“CHIRP removes financial barriers and opens opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students to work hand-in-hand with industry on space cyber research as they pursue their cybersecurity careers,” said Vincent Nestler, a professor of cybersecurity at CSUSB.

Read the complete article at “Building a pipeline of space cyber defenders.”

CSUSB professor discusses Wendy Rogers, the rise of extremism in Arizona and how it compares nationally
The Arizona Republic
May 25, 2022

Brian Levin, a national expert on hate and extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, joins The Gaggle, a politics podcast of The Arizona Republic newspaper. He explains how Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers – among the most prominent voices lying about the 2020 presidential election as well as trumpeting extremist conspiracy theories – and the rise of extremists in Arizona compares to what is happening more widely across the country.

Listen to the podcast at “The Gaggle: Wendy Rogers is a 'disgrace' to Legislature, but not because of her politics.”

CSUSB professor quoted in column about hate speech and the First Amendment
Times Telegram (Utica, N.Y.)

May 25, 2022

In an opinion column about hate speech and the First Amendment, Rob Miraldi, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, included a comment by Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

Levin, Miraldi wrote, “points out ‘hatemongers have increasingly migrated to splintered free speech, encrypted and messaging services, where hate speech is more prolific,’ enabling ‘loners with a tool to congregate, radicalize and broadcast not only bigotry, but lone acts of mass violence.’” 

He also wrote, “Levin warned Congress in 2019 of the need to improve government data on terrorism; to punish trainers and trainees in violent methods to foment civil disorder; and close loopholes on firearms purchases. None of that involves speech.”

Read the complete article at “Should hate speech be protected under 1st Amendment? Why change must be considered.”

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