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In our innovative cybersecurity externship, we take a holistic approach to preparing you for success as a cyber professional. You’ll get firsthand experience and insight into the world of cybersecurity, one of the most high-demand careers in the country. From fundamentals to real-world scenarios of cyber threats, you’ll be guided by industry professionals in a program packed with interactive workshops and guest speakers. Then team up with your classmates to to defend against cyber threats, allowing you to:
• Explore the range of career paths in cybersecurity, computer science and engineering.
• Get on the cybersecurity fast track by establishing a foundation of knowledge such as the importance of data protection, incident response and digital analysis.
• Build in-demand employability skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, confidence and collaboration.
• Earn digital badges at the completion of each daily scenario and a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program
Laura DeanerChief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Northwestern Mutual
Carol Suchit - HudsonHead of Information Security at LTSE
Nada NoamanVice President, Deputy CISO at Warner Bros Entertainment Group
Idalia RamosSenior Security Specialist with Accenture Federal Services
Become a member of an Elite Cybersecurity Task Force charged with investigating major cyber crimes. Through real-world scenarios, you’ll be tasked with protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure. Take on a new challenge each day with your team as you learn the skills you need to keep our data safe. Whether preventing cyber attacks from occurring or rectifying a cyber attack that has already happened, you’ll understand what it’s like to work as a cybersecurity professional.
One of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. is cybersecurity. According to multiple media outlets, a projected 3.5 million vacancies are expected in 2021, which is 350 percent growth since 2013. Opportunities within the field of cybersecurity are endless. All the industry needs is skilled talent. To meet the ever-evolving demands, companies are hiring students to fill these vacancies as more cybersecurity threats are recognized every day. Providing cybersecurity pathways at an earlier age is imperative for the industry, as it will enable you to achieve success in your personal and professional life.
Parents are invited to attend scheduled webinars to learn about how to help their child succeed during the externship as well as prepare for long-term success in the cybersecurity industry. We provide all the tools needed to help parents play a role in their child’s success, including:
Introduction and Critical Infrastructure
Kickstart your journey into the world of cybersecurity by understanding why cybersecurity matters and how you can be a hero in the digital frontier. Learn what it takes to protect and defend critical U.S. infrastructure.
In your role as a National Cybersecurity Analyst you’ll have a limited amount of time to hack into and search a U.S. official’s computer to find sensitive information leaks to report to your team.
Cyber attacks affect businesses large and small. Learn how industry safeguards their interests against foreign and domestic threats which affect their ability to survive.
You are part of a Cybersecurity management team for a new start up company and your CEO is pushing you to launch your new tech product immediately. However, your team finds there are inherent security risks in the software you are releasing. Your team must manage the safety, political and time pressures to effectively release your new product.
Get a firsthand look into the mind of a cyber criminal and understand the different methods they use to infiltrate computer systems stealing American citizen’s data. Identify how citizens protect themselves against these types of attacks.
Conduct a real-life cyber case study with your investigative team. Uncover a cyber threat and work collaboratively to present your solution on how to mitigate the damage and stop the attack.
National Security Threats:
Keep our nation safe by uncovering foreign and domestic cyber threats which affect our nation's citizens and everyday life. Understand the balance between privacy and security in this interactive workshop.
Practice the different ways you can harden a system to defend yourself from potential attacks. This will prepare you for the final day’s penetration testing competition!
System Hardening and Next Steps
Get a deep dive into the advanced methods of system hardening and learn how to use this experience to get your next opportunity.
Use everything you’ve learned to fully secure a compromised system with your penetration testing team. Every setting you change to make the system safer gets you points, and the team that finishes with the most secure system will come out on top!
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Northwestern Mutual
Currently the CISO for Northwestern Mutual Investment funds, previous experience includes CISO for S&P Global, Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Cybersecurity World Economic Forum, travelled to DAVOS to present on the future of Cyber initiatives globally, and the CISO for PR Newswire. Highly energetic and expert proficiency in Information Security and the development and execution of comprehensive programs and strategies to govern enterprise risk, with a focus on Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and media sectors.
Carol Suchit - Hudson
Head of Information Security at LTSE
In her current role, Carol is Head of Information Security at Long Term Stock Exchange LTSE and responsible for championing and executing a leading class Information Security program across all divisions. She brings over 20 years of experience in the delivery of enterprise information security and technology solutions. Most recently, as the global CISO for NICE Systems. Prior to that as a technology executive in the Global Information Security division at Bank of America leading a security engineering group responsible for quality & sustainability. She's held executive level information security positions at the City of New York implementing Cyber measures for the city, Johnson and Johnson and Health Care Systems and additional information technology functions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and United Parcel Service.
Vice President, Deputy CISO at Warner Bros Entertainment Group
With over 19 years of strategic cybersecurity and management consulting experience, Nada is an energetic and versatile leader in the private and public sectors in cybersecurity program development. She has led the business development and delivery of security programs for clients ranging from those in technology, entertainment, media, hospitality, aerospace and defense, retail and consumer, and financial services industries. She brings much of her cybersecurity expertise from over a decade of experience at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Booz Allen, and in the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Defense (DoD), and international NGOs.
Senior Security Specialist with Accenture Federal Services
Idalia Ramos has helped keep our nation and overseas safe through her service to America commissioning into the U.S. Army Signal Corps which helped her develop a growing interest in Cyber Security. To further an opportunity in the field, she attended the University of Texas at San Antonio in pursuit of a BBA in Cyber Security with a minor in Digital Forensics. Since then she has held a number of key Cybersecurity positions in the medical field with Airrosti and currently with Accenture Federal Services.