BURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College is offering a new Information Security degree that will put students on the front line of the information technology battlefield. Students will learn to fend off information loss and computer intrusions–including threats from nefarious hackers, debilitating viruses, stealthy Trojan Horses and denial-of-service attacks.Starting in the fall, the program joins Champlains Computer Networking and Computer & Digital Forensics programs to create a unique and comprehensive team of undergraduate offerings in this dynamic IT arena. Information Security professionals keep undesireables out of their networks, said program director Gary Kessler, when describing the difference between the programs. Computer forensics professionals investigate the problem once someone has gotten in.A bachelors degree and a seven-course professional certificate will be introduced in the fall. These will also be available online in the coming academic year so working professionals can attend class via the Internet. Some of the new courses include Software Security, Web Security, Securing the Enterprise Network, Business of Information Security and the Information Security Senior Project.New lab tools will allow for infowar exercises; teams of students will build servers and try to protect them from another team that is trying to attack the server.Champlains InfoSec program takes an innovative approach by first allowing students to earn an associates degree in Computer Networking before earning their bachelors degree in Information Security. Were going to make sure people are knowledgeable about administering networks and then well teach them how to secure them, said Kessler, a nationally recognized security expert. It will make our students far more aware of what they are securing.Our graduates will be able to switch hit between network administration and information security–and we believe that will make them desirable in the workforce, Kessler said.The need for educated information security professionals is borne out by hard data. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, IT positions are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2012. Early career paths upon graduation include information security manager, network security administrator, firewall administrator and information privacy officer.What we are seeing is more information technology in the business place: cheaper prices leading to more computer equipment, more computers leading to an increased requirement to build networks, and more networks leading to increase vulnerability and exposure of information and information systems, Kessler said.Jobs are found in both the private and public sectorsincluding positions related to homeland security. All of our countrys critical infrastructures have technology vulnerability, Kessler said. The need for trained professionals is spelled out in The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, published by the White House in February 2003. This document lists five information security priorities, and the third priority is training programs. In addition, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants named information security as the top technology affecting the accounting profession, noting that it is an integral part of how America does business today.Jobs in this field are all but guaranteed to not be shipped overseas due to several factors, Kessler said, including the need to get assistance on the premises quickly, in addition to very real national security concerns.Chris Pache, a Champlain College student from Rindge, N.H., with a penchant for networking, will transfer into the new program. I like learning about detection and prevention, he said. I used to try to see how my files got infected and how I could have avoided it.Pache is used to having dormmates come to him with computer problems and he thinks his skills will serve him well in the future. I think quality network administrators with security knowledge are in high demand, he said.More information on the new program is found by visiting http://www.champlain.edu(link is external) or by calling Champlain College at 800/570-5858. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented college with 1,700 full-time and 850 part-time students.# # #
The rupiah has reached its strongest level since mid-March, appreciating nearly 3 percent on Thursday against the United States dollar amid hopes that a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed and central banks’ pledges to hold interest rates to support battered economies.Indonesia’s currency stood at Rp 14,881, appreciating 2.7 percent against the greenback at 4:46 p.m. Jakarta time to emerge from this year’s low of Rp 16,625 amid global recession risks. The rupiah once depreciated by as much as 18 percent this year before appreciating to the current level.Bank Indonesia’s (BI) Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate (JISDOR) showed the currency strengthening to Rp 15,157 per dollar from Rp 15,415 on Wednesday. On the same day, Fed officials said in a unanimous statement that it “will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy” and pledged to keep the interest rate near zero until the US economy returns to normal.Perry said further appreciation of the rupiah would be supported by this year’s lower current account deficit (CAD). The central bank expects the first quarter CAD to be below 1.5 percent and stay below 2 percent throughout the year, down from BI’s earlier projection of 2.5 to 3 percent.Furthermore, a yield differential in government debt papers between Indonesia and other countries was still attractive for foreign investors, Perry said.“This will attract capital inflow into Indonesia,” he added.By early May, BI will have injected a total of Rp 503.8 trillion in additional liquidity into the financial system to help cushion the economic impact of the pandemic and strengthen the rupiah as part of its quantitative easing measures. This includes BI’s bond buying worth Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) jumped Thursday by 3.26 percent, led by blue chip stocks such as those of state-owned Bank Mandiri, energy company PT Medco Energi and state-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga. Foreign investors bought around Rp 431 billion (US$28.7 million) worth of stocks more than they sold.As of April 23, however, foreign investors had sold Rp 159.6 trillion worth of Indonesian assets including bonds, stocks and BI certificates, according to Finance Ministry data.The government had successfully raised Rp 221.4 trillion from government bonds by the end of March. This is in addition to a $4.3 billion dollar-denominated bond sales in the US and Rp 11.38 trillion in bond sales at a greenshoe option bond auction on Wednesday, among other debt papers.It would sell Rp 856.8 trillion worth of bonds in the second quarter through to the end of the year to cover its widening budget deficit, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.The country’s financial markets have started to recover since a slump in March as foreign investors sold Indonesian assets over fears of COVID-19.Topics : “We decided to hold [the interest rate] in the near term to prioritize maintaining the currency level,” BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told the House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Thursday. “We are confident that the rupiah will further strengthen.”The central bank decided to hold its benchmark interest rate this month at 4.5 percent after a 50 basis points (bps) cut in total in February and March.“The rupiah appreciation is related to the US Federal Reserve’s policy on Wednesday to hold its interest rate at the zero percent to 0.25 percent range,” Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “In addition, biotechnology company Gilead said the development of its proposed COVID-19 vaccine was running well and that the drug was proven to cure at least 50 percent of the patients [who tested it].”A top US infectious diseases official said Gilead Sciences’ experimental antiviral drug remdesivir would become the standard of care for COVID-19 after early clinical trials showed it helped patients recover more quickly from the illness, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Toyota/Save Mart 350.(All times Eastern)Friday, June 21TimeEventChannel2:40 p.m.Cup Series first practice (3 p.m. tape delay)FS15:40 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1Saturday, June 22TimeEventChannel11:35 p.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV1:35 p.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TV3:10 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/PRN6:35 p.m.Truck Series qualifying (8:30 p.m. tape delay)FS210 p.m. ETTruck Series CarShield 200 presented by CK PowerFS1/MRNSunday, June 23TimeEventChannel3 p.m.Toyota/Save Mart 350FS1/PRNToyota/Save Mart 350 Starting LineupBelow is the full starting lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDGarrett Smithley15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDReed Sorenson27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDJJ Yeley51TBDCody Ware52TBDJustin Haley77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95TBDParker Kligerman96 He’ll be looking for his fourth win of the year and third ever at the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway in California.MORE: Watch the Sonoma race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Kyle Busch is coming off of yet another top-10 finish and will be looking for his fifth win of the year and third ever at Sonoma.The Toyota/Save Mart 350 can be seen at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1.What time does the NASCAR race start at Sonoma?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will take place Sunday, June 23. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 3 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Toyota/Save Mart 350 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1. It’s the first road coach race of the year this week as NASCAR heads to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.The more technical of NASCAR’s two true road courses on the schedule, Martin Truex Jr. comes in having raced well this year and as the defending champion.
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