New Course offered in Cloud Architecture with Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Spring 2019

If you are looking for an exciting INFS elective for Spring 2019, consider taking a new course in cloud architecture using Amazon Web Services (AWS).  INFS4460/INFS7460 Cloud Computing & Amazon Web Services is available now in the list of courses for Spring 2019.  (Prerequisite: INFS3230 Network Technology or INFS3231 Network Technology N+)AWS_Course_Flyer

College & University Recruiting Event – Tuesday, November 13th

There will be a College and University Recruiting Event at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, November 13 from 4PM to 7PM. This event is focused on entry-level positions relating to information technology, engineering, and more. This event will feature a special student workshop titled “LinkedIn & Your Career” and a professional photographer taking head shots. Students who attend the LinkedIn session will be able to get a head shot for free.

LOCATION: University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room
(Main Floor), 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For more information about the event, click here. To apply, fill out the form here. Registration for the event is free.

Preparing for a Career in Cybersecurity

Most of you are probably preparing for careers in cybersecurity. I myself will be graduating this Spring with two degrees in hand. But as I start thinking about graduation, I have to ask myself: is this enough? Will my degrees get me where I want to go?

In short, the answer is probably yes. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand these days. However, I don’t just want a career in cybersecurity; I want to land my dream job. After conducting some research, I found a great article by Forbes magazine on how to start a lucrative career in cybersecurity. Here are 6 ways to jump-start your career in this field:

1. Don’t specialize just in security.

The best security professionals are well-rounded individuals. Even if you are great at the security side, you should sharpen your skills in other departments. It would be beneficial to learn the fundamentals of data networks, gain experience with multiple operating systems, or become proficient in multiple scripting languages.

2. Network

Get to know as many people in your industry as you can. Go to on-campus events, make friends with your professors, attend career fairs. Knowing many people in your industry can help you greatly when it comes to finding a job.

3. Start studying up on IT basics.

Learning IT fundamentals is an important part of having a successful cybersecurity career. Pay close attention in your classes that teach these fundamentals; they may not be the most fun, but the information that you learn will benefit you immensely.

4. Earn some certifications.

The Security+ certification is a good place to start. This shows employers that you can handle the job duties of a cybersecurity job and that you know the fundamentals. Your Computer Network Security course should provide you with the opportunity to take this exam. The Network+ certification is also in high-demand.

5. Show initiative in your own time.

Self-learning and experimentation is critical. Many employers will ask you about your home lab: what kind of systems you are running, the level of security, what work you’re doing. They want to know what you have learned in your own time.

6. Hone your data analysis skills.

Any cybersecurity expert should have the ability to notice trends in large amounts of data. It’s worth it to take a course it data analysis to gain these skills.

Hopefully after reading this article, it will inspire you to get a jump-start on your career. But one of the most important things you can do is never stop learning! Get as much education as you can. Fill those big brains with all of the knowledge you need to be successful.

If you would like to read the full article, click here.

Source: Laurence Bradford, Forbes Magazine. How to Start a Lucrative Career in Cybersecurity.

 

UPMC IT Summer Associate Program – Applications due Thursday, November 1st

UPMC is looking for students to participate in their Information Services Division (ISD) Summer Associate Program. This is an eleven-week paid internship. This program is a great way for students to kick-start their career and begin to prepare for full-time opportunities with UPMC post-graduation.

Summer associates will have the opportunity to:

  • Work in one of UPMC’s many ISD areas including (but not limited to) information security, enterprise architecture, desktop design and integration, custom application development, cloud operations, project management, coding and testing, infrastructure, and strategic planning
  • Gain hands-on training and real-world experience with access to top-notch technology in the world of innovative Healthcare IT
  • Become a top candidate in consideration for their full-time ISD Rotational Program for recent graduates
  • Be a part of Life Changing Medicine and see the impact your work can make on patient care and the future of healthcare

The deadline to apply is Thursday, November 1st. For more information and to apply for this position, click here.

Firefox 63’s Enhanced Tracking Protection

The newest update of Firefox – Firefox 63 – comes with a new feature called Enhanced Tracking Protection. This feature prevents against privacy-invading cross-site tracking cookies. This feature blocks cookies and storage access from the third-party cookies that are most commonly associated with privacy-harming behavior.

To enable this feature in your Firefox browser, enter your Privacy & Security settings and click on Content Blocking then check the box labeled “Third-Party Cookies”.

The one downside to this feature is that it can cause some sites to crash. However, you can disable the blocking on a site-by-site basis.

Other new features coming with Firefox 63 include the ability to have the browser mimic the light or dark theme used by the operating system, and Siri shortcuts for Firefox on iOS (for you Apple fans).

Source: https://thenextweb.com/tech/2018/10/23/firefox-63-will-prevent-cookies-tracking-you-across-sites/

SciMathTech Interview Day – Friday, November 16th (Registration due October 31st)

SciMathTech Interview Day will take place on Friday, November 16 at IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center, Monroeville, PA. This event is focused on students in the fields of Biology, Environmental Science, Information Systems and Technology, Mathematics, Statistics and Predictive Analytics.

At this event, students can submit resumes for internship and professional positions, and be considered for interviews with top companies/organizations, who are actively seeking employees or interns.

Employers include:  AASHTO, Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory, Creehan & Company, Duquesne Light, Expedient, Federated Investors, FedEx Services, PNC and Raytheon.

For more information and to register for this event, click here. Registration is due by Wednesday, October 31st.