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Norwich Students Boost Cybersecurity at Super Bowl 50

Many colleges say they offer students “hands-on learning” and “real-world experience.” But Norwich’s cybersecurity program, already considered one of the best in the country, took it to a whole new level in February 2016. As the Denver Broncos battled the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium during Super Bowl 50, some 67 Norwich Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) majors were hard at work behind the scenes. Based on site in Santa Clara, Calif., and at the Global Threat Observatory on the NU campus, the students culminated months of work in support of the Super Bowl 50 Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Protection Subcommittee. Detective Sergeant Ray Carreira ’96 of the Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law-enforcement agency for Super Bowl 50, spearheaded the subcommittee and made Norwich’s participation possible.

Norwich University Office of Communications
November 18, 2016

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) will hold its inaugural Cyber Security Summit June 19-21, 2017, at its Northfield, Vt., campus, bringing cybersecurity leaders together to discuss the latest in federal cybersecurity policy and its practical application in businesses and governments.

Designed to provide critical industry knowledge to mid-level to executive-level managers in need of enhanced knowledge in the information assurance or cybersecurity fields, registration is now open. A schedule, additional details, and online registration are available at online.norwich.edu/cybersummit17.   The cost is $650.

Presenting speakers include:

  • Art Coviello, former CEO of RSA
  • Lynn St. Amour, former CEO of The Internet Society
  • Leslie Daigle, former CITO of The Internet Society
  • Stuart McCubbrey, Director of IT Risk Management & Compliance at General Motors
  • Jerry Dixon, CISO for Crowdstrike
  • Bill Powers, PhD, Senior Advisor for the National Protection & Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Tom Hyslip, ScD, Resident Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS)
  • Bill Yurek, JD, Director of Cyber Intrusion Investigations at the Defense Criminal Investigative Service
  • Dan York, Open Internet and Communication Technologies of The Internet Society

These respected cyber security professionals will lead a series of workshops and discussions on key industry issues. Topics include cyber crime, critical infrastructure protection, managing a cyber program as a non-technical manager, changes in open internet and communication technologies, and cyber security issues from the most recent U.S. Presidential transition.

“We are excited and pleased to be able to host this conference and bring these speakers and their experiences to Norwich and the state of Vermont. This adds to the breadth of information security events hosted by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies,” said Dr. Rosemarie Pelletier, Director of the Master of Information Security and Assurance program and the summit coordinator.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

In October 2016 Norwich University participated in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by dedicating the month to cybersecurity training, bringing in speakers and running contests in security knowledge, among other activities. The annual participation is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide the tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 197 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.online.norwich.edu

With classes over for the fall semester, and sporting the beginnings of what he called his “Christmas beard,” Huw Read looked out the window of his Dewey Hall office into the mild Vermont December. “It reminds me of Wales,” he said, recalling his home country. “It’s like this, kind of drizzly, rainy weather, all day, every day. Keeps your hair curly.”

Last summer, Read and his family—he and his wife have two small children—arrived in the U.S. from “across the pond,” and he became the director of Norwich University’s high-profile Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics, following the retirement of Peter Stephenson.

Chuckling, the computer-security professor quipped that losing the beard was a bigger adjustment than moving to the U.S. “My better half is from Colorado,” he said, and over the years he’d visited the States more times than he could count. “But I’ve worn a beard from 1999 until August 27, 2015—the day before faculty had to be in uniform!”

Read’s personality and teaching style are as lively and multi-layered as his casual speech, laced with humor and vibrant imagery but with underlying substance. It suits him, and the work. Clear, illustrative communication is critical in the highly complex field of digital forensics.

In lay terms, digital forensics involves recovering and analyzing data from digital devices. And as Read’s students discovered last fall during a mock trial, even hard data can be interpreted more than one way. “One group was looking at a piece of digital evidence from the perspective of the defense, and the other group was looking at the same piece of evidence but from the prosecution side,” he said. “It woke them up.”

In his office, Read rifled through a worn, brown leather bag and produced, of all things, a Barbie doll.

“The students looked at me in much the same way you are,” he jibed. “But here.” He held the doll out. “This particular model—and it’s an older model—has a camera in the upper body that can record for half an hour.” Newer models, he said, have Wi-Fi capabilities. “That means the data is being sent somewhere. So what happens if someone malicious is harvesting data from your child’s toy?”

Norwich University is at the cutting edge of cybereducation, with programs that rank tops in the nation, and NU’s Computer Security and Information Assurance graduates are in high demand.

“The students most typically have positions lined up well before the end of their senior year,” says Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools. “And prior to graduating, our students seeking internships often have placements before the end of February.”

But with cybercrime becoming ever more pervasive, Read aims to take Norwich digital forensics to the next level. As 2015 rounded to a close, he spent winter break laboring vigorously on grant applications, seeking funding to build more specialized training labs on campus. He says that in the field, they’re always racing to keep pace with the latest hacking methods flooding cyberspace. “We need to try to narrow the amount of time it takes to catch up.”

Of the many facets that drew him to Norwich, Read places the students at the top of the list. “I’ve said it many times before, but I genuinely mean it: I was blown over by the students and their enthusiasm for the subject,” he said. “Now at this point after having had a semester with them—and now that I’m no longer just some new prof with a silly accent—I can say with the same enthusiasm that they’re a great bunch, and they really want to go on and do good in the world.”

How Phil Susmann ’81 and his NUARI team are helping U.S. banks build resiliency in the face of cybergeddon

The cyberattack starts with a single email. Sent by a group calling itself DDo$, the message hits the inboxes of brokers and managers at financial firms across the country. It is Sept. 14, 2015, a Monday. “All your servers are going going [sic] under attack unless you pay 100 Bitcoin,” the email demands. While its menace is clear, typos cast doubt on the threat’s credibility. What serious hacker demands a ransom of plus or minus $24,000, anyway? Most of the managers who receive the email simply delete it.

But as the busy trading day progresses, websites of financial companies from Wall Street to San Francisco start crashing. And not just the giants, but the smaller banks, too. Information Technology staff at those firms report widespread customer complaints. Mom-and-pop trades aren’t executed. Meanwhile, the email threats sent by DDo$ continue to ping inboxes. Financial traders and managers begin to suspect that the cyberattack is not only real, but has gone viral. Powered by complex computer infrastructure, trades of stocks, bonds, currency, and commodities serve as the lifeblood of the global financial system. On any given business day, U.S. and international firms move several trillion dollars. But on this particular Monday, the flow threatens to drop to a trickle. Unless they take action, the country’s banks and financial markets will be on the verge of cardiac arrest. But what is the right course to take? Should they trust the extortionists and pay? Who in their company makes that decision? What precedent will that set? Can the country’s financial firms — normally competitors in the contested arena of capital markets — coordinate their response?

Standing in a second-floor office in the Equitable Building on Broadway in lower Manhattan that day is Phil Susmann ’81. A computer geek and former Norwich cadet, Susmann leads the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). The skunkworks was founded in 2002 to advance projects critical to national and global security. At 6-foot-2, with sandy hair turning gray at the temples, Susmann looks like a Boeing executive—an engineer in a suit and Bill Gates glasses who worked his way up from the shop floor to the boardroom. Only Susmann rode the wave of the computer, information, and cyber revolutions instead, rising from MBA to consultant to Norwich professor to campus chief information officer and beyond.

Susmann knows that over the next several hours the cyberattack will only get worse. Soon an insider breach will leak confidential client data. Then failures in computerized settlement — the transfer of funds or securities to complete a transaction — will leave billion-dollar orders between buyers and sellers unresolved. The crisis has the potential to push banks to the brink of insolvency if left unchecked, and send 401(k) balances spiraling to stomach-churning lows. But Susmann also knows something else: The cyberattack is not real.  

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In recent years, hackers have infiltrated computer networks at a growing number of large U.S. companies and government agencies. Victims range from Target, Home Depot, and Yahoo! to the federal Office of Personnel Management, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Energy Department. Computer systems at the latter were successfully penetrated 159 times between 2010 and 2014, according to a USA Today investigation of federal government records last year. Nineteen of those breaches were targeted at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

More often than not, hackers target U.S. and international banks and financial firms. After all, as one Forbes blogger wryly noted, that’s where the money is. The rate, according to Infosecurity Magazine, is 300 times greater than in any other business sector. According to the Ponemon Institute, a U.S. bank or financial firm hit by a serious cyber breach can expect to pay, on average, $20.8 million in direct damage, lost business, and cleanup costs. Lloyd’s of London, the British insurance giant, puts the current overall global cost of cybercrime at $400 billion. FBI Director James Comey told “60 Minutes” in 2014, “There are two types of big companies in the United States. Those who’ve been hacked… And those who don’t know they’ve been hacked …”

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly critical threat to the financial market,” says Najiba Benabess, a Norwich economics professor and director of the School of Business and Management. “An attack on a financial institution resulting in the loss of vital data can have a devastating effect on the bank’s reputation, costing significant amounts of time and money to repair.”

Benabess adds that the interdependence of the world’s global financial institutions makes them vulnerable to disruption, putting national security and the stability of the international financial system at risk. “As cyber frauds become more sophisticated, banks must adjust their strategies … to improve cybersecurity,” she says.

Susmann and his NUARI colleagues have been instrumental in helping U.S. banks and financial firms test and harden their resiliency against major cyber events. In 2013, NUARI received a $9.9 million contract from the Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security. The funding permitted the continuing development of NUARI’s powerful simulation, known as DECIDE-FS, that essentially functions like a massive multi-player video game. But rather than supply flashy graphics and explosions, the tool enables hundreds of players across the country — from broker-dealers, clearing firms, and stock exchanges to U.S. banks, regulators, and law enforcement agencies—to test themselves against lifelike simulated cyberattacks. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has used the tool since 2013. That was the year that the association, which represents hundreds of U.S. broker-dealers, banks, and asset managers, convened Quantum Dawn 2. SIFMA used DECIDE-FS® (see sidebar) again last year. The exercise has become the largest single-day event of its kind for the industry.

Most Americans over a certain age remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. For Susmann it was outside Baltimore, at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade. The NSA had recently designated Norwich as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance. The following day, Susmann was slated to join Norwich President Richard W. Schneider, retired Gens. Al Gra H’88 and Gordon Sullivan ’59, and Carl Guerreri ’62, all Norwich trustees. The delegation planned to meet with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to pitch a proposal for a new cybersecurity center at Norwich. “I was in the basement of the NSA with the CAE group when the Towers came down,” Susmann recalls. “The next day, we were going to be in the Russell (Senate) Building. But, of course, that was all closed.”

Rescheduling their meeting with Leahy until December, Guerreri, Susmann, and Schneider walked the senator through the body of cybersecurity work that had earned Norwich its CAE designation. The Norwich delegates also discussed NU’s various projects with the National Guard on cybersecurity education, training, and operations for the Army and Air Force. “Leahy got it right away,” President Schneider recalls. “We didn’t have to convince him.”

The outcome was an earmark in the Justice Reauthorization Act of 2002, creating the National Center for the Study of Counter-Terrorism and CyberCrime at Norwich. By 2008, the center had evolved into NUARI. The diverse research enterprise would no longer need to rely on federal budget earmarks in its new incarnation. Instead, it would create and market intellectual property, like the DECIDE-FS software.

Today, NUARI houses four separate institutes: the Cyber Conflict Research Institute, the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language, the Defense Technologies Research Institute, and the Learning Technologies Research Institute. The various nonprofits are headquartered in Northfield, Vermont, and Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Staff has ranged from as many as 28 employees to as few as five. Today, NUARI has about 18 employees and generates $4 million to $9 million in annual revenue.

Most recently, NUARI has landed two contracts totaling $24.9 million from the Department of Homeland Security to help protect the U.S. financial sector. “Phil is a rainmaker,” NU President Schneider says. “He can make deals happen, and he has a great sense of how to connect the dots between the needs of the federal government and how Norwich can fill those needs.”    

* * *

A Vermont native, Philip Susmann enrolled at Norwich on the recommendation of his junior high civics teacher, Jack Daley ’46, a U.S. Marine who served in WWII and later became Vermont’s lieutenant governor. Susmann initially majored in electrical engineering, until he failed a required course in thermodynamics (he could not master the steam table). So he switched his major to business administration. The change was serendipitous, because what did come naturally to Susmann were computers, and as luck would have it, NU’s School of Business and Management shared Dewey Hall with the university’s computer center. Susmann gravitated there, learning the Job Control programming language in his free time.

Following graduation, Susmann attended Clarkson University on a fellowship, writing stacks of code for faculty while earning his MBA. His projects included an automated grocery store and work on large information systems. After Clarkson, he installed the College of St. Joseph’s first computerized information system in his hometown of Rutland. Following a business venture with his brother in Colorado, he eloped back to Vermont with Julie, his wife.

There he pieced together a living as a consultant and shoe salesman, doing whatever it took, while seeking his dream job as a control systems engineer. But employers in Vermont just weren’t there yet, Susmann says.

In 1987, he joined the Norwich faculty as a professor, teaching statistics in the business school. His teaching portfolio soon included classes in forecasting, management production operations, and the bulk of the computer information systems program. He was granted tenure in six years. A year later, in 1994, President Schneider appointed Susmann as the university’s first full-time chief information officer. Susmann brought all the university’s computing in house and instituted other changes. But two years into his term, he got his comeuppance when students exploited a flaw in the campus-based email system.

The hackers commandeered the School of Architecture + Art’s rendering computers—at the time, the best computers on campus — to crack the usernames and passwords of the entire Norwich email system. Running the system’s shadow password file through a password cracker enabled the students to reveal usernames and passwords.

“We didn’t patch the system,” Susmann says, his rue still apparent. At the time he didn’t know how much data the students stole. Nor was it immediately clear why the situation might be worrisome. Email was still in its relative infancy. The campus system wasn’t used much. Mostly, students sent messages to one another. But, soon enough, Susmann realized that most people on campus, himself included, used one password for all their accounts, including personal ones. Some university administrators even shared their passwords with assistants when delegating responsibility for their email accounts.

Susmann’s solution was to require the entire campus community to walk over to Computer Services to get a new password. Faculty, staff, and students also received tutorials on cybersecurity and password creation. The line stretching out the door was enormous. Shaking his head as he recalls the nightmare, Susmann says, “That was the moment I got security.”    

* * *

Back in lower Manhattan, 60 observers cram around a large table in a SIFMA conference room. Present are bank and finance industry representatives, federal law enforcement agents, and national security types, among others. For their benefit, Susmann has been narrating the Quantum Dawn 3 exercise—or QD3—as the day plays out. The simulation has compressed three days of intensive cyberattacks into five hours. By late morning the exercise has reached “Break Point 4,” or 4 p.m. on Day One. The markets close and players from participating firms, regulators, and law enforcement agencies engage in cross-talk. Large LED screens cover the room’s walls, flashing charts and graphs. Values are down. Activity in the game is up. Someone asks how the FBI is faring. A bureau staffer reports that some firms have been in contact with questions and to share some information about the attacks. The outreach is taken as a sign of progress.

Down the hall, a separate conference room has been turned into the temporary headquarters for the QD3 game directors. Eric Richardson, a NUARI product developer, sits next to Bob Clinton, QD3’s exercise director. Richardson fields questions from 15 facilitators, who are hunkered down in a third room, where they consult via phone and Internet with reps from firms participating in the cyberattack simulation.

Clinton rakes his eyes across various computer monitors and speaks into his headset mic, announcing each new phase of the cyberattacks. The scene evokes “The Hunger Games.” “We are now going to press on forward to Break Point 11,” Clinton tells facilitators. He spins the game clock forward, moving the action ahead. “In the exercise, this will be 0400 simulation time on Day 3 of the exercise.”

Periodically, DECIDE-FS® injects fake communications from regulators, law enforcement, and the news media on a pre-set schedule. The “injects” include grating taunts from hackers, such as a phony DDo$ Twitter post that threatens to shut down Wall Street banks if they don’t agree to demands. Some ersatz news accounts misreport details of the attack, seeding market volatility.

“Market Sees Huge Sell-Off in Face of Coordinated Cyber Attack,” screams one headline from fictional news agency BBN News. “Major market indices are in a frantic sell-off after cybercriminals FIEND and their sympathizers have made clear their intentions to disrupt the financial markets,” the report says. For better or worse, the Quantum Dawn scenarios served up by NUARI’s DECIDE-FS® software platform aren’t fantasy. They are loosely based on actual events.

Participants in today’s QD3 exercise show the strain of five hours of attacks, breakdowns, and hackers’ taunts. But they also buzz with ideas. By late afternoon, Susmann conducts a “hot wash” debrief with players from 25 or so firms and agencies to gather feedback. Sitting in a sparsely occupied conference room, Susmann tents his hands in front of his face as he listens, shifting his gaze from seated colleagues to a speakerphone on the table before him as others conference in. The feedback varies. One player calls the QD3 exercise “very interactive and engaging.” Another says, “We would like even more customization.” “We can work with firms to customize the scenario even more,” Susmann replies. A law enforcement rep describes the exercise as “fantastic,” while someone from a large bank acknowledges major lessons learned which can be taken up as key findings.

It’s been a long day. Finding gaps in crisis protocol is intentionally stressful work. Especially when there are some 500 players.

By the end of the exercise, many have learned more about their own internal protocols and how their systems stand up. Some participants coordinated with unlikely partners. After-action analysis stresses the need for better communication between the public and private sectors, information sharing standards, and tripwires for action.

“America’s financial system is stronger today than it was when we did Quantum Dawn 1,” President Schneider says. “Each time we do an exercise, America’s financial systems become more robust and sustainable.”

“Cybersecurity began as a technical focus,” Susmann says. “The evolution of society now drives the focus to the boardroom and national security.” He credits President Schneider and Trustees Al Gray and Carl Guerreri for building NU capacity and brand in the cybersecurity arena. “NUARI is part of that brand, working both at the core of the financial sector and emerging into other critical infrastructures to build organizational resilience.”

Part of his mission now is to expand the rollout — and revenue — of the DECIDE cybersimulation to more players and industry sectors, such as utilities and telecom. To that end, Susmann meets with financial firms immediately after QD3 to discuss the tool with them. The next day, he leads a cyber-security panel in Massachusetts before traveling to the fall NUARI Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C.

A few days later, Susmann boards a flight to Singapore from Virginia. NUARI has been contracted by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). Susmann and his Norwich team will run cyberattack scenarios at the annual SWIFT International Banking Seminar. The demo will introduce DECIDE-FS® to 80 international bankers. Twenty-seven hours and three connections later, his Qatar Airways plane touches down at Changi Airport. His flight has covered more than 10,000 miles. But as he gathers his luggage at baggage claim, Susmann seems to have traveled so much farther.

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More Information

The DECIDE-FS® software has generated seven of NUARI’s ten patents and runs on more than 150,000 lines of code. It enables players to simulate and customize cyberattack scenarios with high degrees of complexity and precision. Options include DNS and DDS attacks, personal data leaks, order-processing disruptions, and clearing systems infected by malware. Days of escalating cyberhacks, systems failures, and market turmoil can be compressed into the span of hours. During that time, DECIDE-FS® throws major-league curveballs at participants, forcing corporate leaders, industry regulators, and IT and cyber staff to address key questions. Whom do they ask for help? When do they close the markets? When do companies share information with their customers and law enforcement? How do firms maintain their reputations and credibility in the face of cyberattacks?

Players are able to fine-tune their crisis scenario, adding extra layers of stress. One participant in the Quantum Dawn 3 exercise in September asked to have a (simulated) storm knock out their company’s coastal operations. (Due to confidentiality agreements, company names have been omitted.)

The goal of Quantum Dawn is to help the financial industry pinpoint areas where it can improve its cyberprotocols and develop and refine best practices, says SIFMA president and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen. Considerable progress has been made in the last two years, he says, “Yet we know that this work is never done.”

About NUARI
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies, and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance our nation’s capability for preparedness and response. Federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy in 2002, NUARI is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

NUARI comprises four research institutes:

    • Cyber Conflict Research Institute
      Conducts research on cyber threats and develops technologies and models to better understand cyber conflict.
    • Defense Technologies Research Institute
      Promotes research and development of portable systems and technologies for U.S. forces.
    • Learning Technologies Research Institute
      Experienced in tailoring an approach to fit the customers need. Always the right solution for your audience, content, and delivery methods.
    • Institute for the Study of Culture and Language
      Promotes research in language and culture and development of learning programs for improving culture and language knowledge and skills in support of international security. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Capt. Alden Partridge to participate in the building of this nation and builds on the university’s status as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Learn more at nuari.org.

Norwich University Office of Communications

Nov. 14, 2016

For the sixth year, Norwich has been named one of the most military-friendly schools in the U.S.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

“I can’t speak highly enough about my decision to attend Norwich University,” said Steve Gonzales, Norwich Class of 2016, Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis, and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Master Chief. “The interaction with staff during the application process set the tone for my wonderful experience. The academic advisors ensured that I was set up for success as I completed the degree requirements. A majority of the faculty are prior military and understand the demands that military life can place upon a student, especially in Special Operations as I pursued my dream of completing my college education.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, forstudent veterans.

“Norwich is dedicated to not only educating the next generation of leaders in the military and in the private sector, but also enabling those who have served previously or are currently serving the military to be successful Norwich University students,” said Norwich University President Richard Schneider. “At Norwich we help prepare them for the next part of their lives, where they will become the leaders that America needs for tomorrow.”

Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military college, has a rich legacy of innovative education and developing military leaders. To assist veteran students in maximizing their education, Norwich offers numerous resources for undergraduate and graduate students, such as counseling services, ROTC programs, tuition assistance programs, career placement assistance, networking events, and dedicated faculty and staff that have military experience. Additionally, Norwich’s online bachelor’s degree completion programs enable military students to receive transfer credits for their military training and education, and a dedicated scholarship is available for active duty students in our online master’s programs.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Norwich University will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in various Victory Media publications, including the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse magazines, and on MilitaryFriendly.com

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.

About Victory Media:

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military

Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at www.victorymedia.com.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 197 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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  • Norwich Men's & Women's Basketball host the 25th Ed Hockenbury Classic Dec. 2 - 4 in Andrews Hall.

    Norwich Men's & Women's Basketball host the 25th Ed Hockenbury Classic Dec. 2 - 4 in Andrews Hall.

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  • The 2022 Journal of Peace and War Studies is published by the Norwich's John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center.

    The 2022 Journal of Peace and War Studies is published by the Norwich's John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center.

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  • 'So Much to be Thankful for'

    'So Much to be Thankful for'

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  • Norwich students on Boston Policy Excursion learn about hurricane and disaster preparedness

    Norwich students on Boston Policy Excursion learn about hurricane and disaster preparedness

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  • President Anarumo featured as part of Dartmouth College's Veterans Day Observances on Thursday, Nov. 10.

    President Anarumo featured as part of Dartmouth College's Veterans Day Observances on Thursday, Nov. 10.

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  • Norwich University Veterans Day observance to feature Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere.

    Norwich University Veterans Day observance to feature Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere.

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