Monthly Archives: January 2016

Top Secret Colonials Participate in CMU Data Privacy Day

Snapchat-2544628316288256971A group of Cyber Forensics and Information Security students, including members of the Top Secret Colonials group, along with Dr. Karen Paullet, attended Data Privacy Day at CMU on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

The students attended a Privacy Clinic called “Learn how to Protect your Privacy” and listened to the keynote speaker, Ed Felten, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer.  His talk was entitled “Making Privacy Work for Everyone.”

CMU states that “Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint. For more information, please visit”0128161426_HDR

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University of Pittsburgh seeking Data Analyst/Programmer

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking applicants for a Data Analyst/Programmer position.

Job Summary
The Data Analyst/Programmer will work in the Office of Provost to improve existing data management systems and provide business intelligence support to the office. Duties include designing new database management systems to automatize the production of existing reports, developing and implementing programs to process and manipulate large datasets, writing queries for extracting data, preparing static reports with both tabular and graphical presentations as well as web-based active reports, and providing data programming and analytic support on a range of research projects. In developing new systems, the candidate will be responsible for the needs assessment, analysis, design, testing, and documentation. Candidate must have experience working within a team environment, be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines. The incumbent must be proficient in report generation software (e.g., Crystal Reports), query writing (e.g., SQL, Cognos), web crawling, relational databases (e.g., Access), visualization software (e.g., Tableau), and web publishing. Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS), program management software, sharepoint, and data analytics a plus.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Business Information Systems, or related field. Two to three years of experience in database management, business intelligence, or information technology, or some combination of related experience and graduate education required.

To Apply
Please complete an application on Pitt’s online employment system—PittSource, For more information about employment at the University of Pittsburgh, please visit

RMU Library YouTube Channel

As you get further into the semester, remember that the RMU Library has many resources available to you for the various types of research you will be assigned in your courses.

The library has together a YouTube channel with helpful videos showing you how to use some of the online search and request features they have to offer.  These videos are great if you are unfamiliar with the library’s services or as refreshers if you haven’t used them in a while.  Check out the videos here:

The Department of Homeland Security, CyberSkills Management Support Initiative

Job Description:

  • The DHS Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is specifically designed to provide current undergraduate and graduate students with cybersecurity-focused volunteer assignments intended to expose them to the field of cybersecurity and provide excellent work experience. Selected students will support the cybersecurity mission at one of the following DHS components: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), or the United States Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard).


  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  •  Be currently enrolled at least half time in pursuit of an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree at an accredited college or university with 1) a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); 2) a major in cybersecurity-related studies; and/or 3) an interest in working in the field cybersecurity upon graduation.
  • Have projected graduation date of September 2016 or later. (Note students scheduled to graduate prior to September 2016 are not eligible for this program—unless they are graduating with an Associate’s degree and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, or they are graduating with Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a Master’s degree).
  •  Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale that can be verified via a Fall 2015 transcript that includes all courses taken to date.

Apply Online At:

Paid Cyber Security Summer Fellowship at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is hosting a summer fellowship aimed at cyber security students who will be seniors in the Fall of 2016. The IT Lab: Summer Security Initiative (SSI) is a roughly six week program that will be taking place from June 19, 2016- July 30, 2016.

SSI is an opportunity for participants to engage in a unique environment that will prepare them for careers post-school. Interaction with some of the world’s most foremost information security experts will be a daily occurrence and a majority of them will be teaching the program’s daily classes. If all of this wasn’t enough to convince future seniors to apply, keep in mind that students who complete the SSI program will be eligible to receive a scholarship of at least 50% of tuition to CMU’s Heinz College to pursue a master’s degree.

Important Information:
Deadline to apply:        March 1, 2016
Dates:                             June 19, 2016 – July 30, 2016
Requirements:             Participant will be a senior in Fall 2016
Financial Information:   All costs of housing, meals, tuition, books, and travel to and from CMU will be covered
Other compensation:    Participants will receive $1000 for participating

The application process can be found at:

Good luck!

Mylan Intern Networking Night – February 4th

Mylan is holding an Intern Networking Night on Thursday, February 4th at the Robert J. Coury Global Center at Southpointe. Registration and refreshments will be held from 4:30-6pm and networking will be from 6-7:30pm.

Please RSVP for this event by Monday, February 1st at

Registration is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Register early to ensure you will have the opportunity to speak with leaders from your area of interest.

More information is included in this flyer: Mylan Intern Networking Night Flyer

Software Engineer/Database Developer at mSE North America Inc

mSE North America, Inc. is currently looking for applicants to fill openings for Software Engineer and Database Developer positions.  If interested, please apply soon because the application ends on 1/31/2016.  Below is all of the information one will need to consider before applying.  The position is located in Pittsburgh and is full-time.  If interested in applying, send your resume to  

Some of the major tasks of the positions include:

  • Performing application software development and system enhancements in a distributed platform environment across multiple technologies
  • Perform application software development for large scale applications
  • Code management and coordination across multiple branches of code.
  • Technology quality assurance review and testing utilizing a variety of tools (for example: TOAD, Dos command, IPSwitch, WinSCP, terminal server technology)
  • Coordinate on site and off shore teams that may consist of internal or external personnel or peers who code, test, and debug from specifications

Some additional responsibilities include:

  • Develop complex software, performed across a variety of technology platforms, and create system design, coding, system testing, debugging and data transformations
  • Translate business requirements into specific systems, applications or process designs; perform gap analysis and identify technology components needed to support business
  • Full technical knowledge of all phases of applications systems analysis and programming; good understanding of the function for which application is designed, that are PL/SQL or database based
  • Implement software development best practices and lessons learned as a means continuous improvement


  • a degree in a degree in (business) information technology, business informatics, or a similar degree.
  • Ideally > 5 years / minimum 3 years – experience in database development or respective consulting practice

Specialized knowledge and skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an IT-related field with 3+ years related experience
  • Advanced and thorough understanding of IT concepts, including database concept structures software/application development techniques and testing techniques
  • Strong understanding of 4th generation language software development, like Powerbuilder, VBA, etc.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Must have the ability to interact with all levels of management and teams

Special Job Requirements:

  • 3+ years of Oracle PL/SQL development experience
  • 3+ years of application software development, systems analysis, design/test experience and/or other related IT experience is required.
  • Experience with projects that involve large batch processes in Oracle PL/SQL
  • Experience handling and managing large volumes of data processing, tuning high-volume near real-time applications for performance and instrumentation of code for tuning and monitoring.
  • Data Warehousing experience a plus

Language skills:

  • English: biz fluent
  • Advantage: German: good

Soft skills:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Readiness of mind
  • Coordination / management
  • Flexibility
  • Prudence/reliability
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Communication / Presentation
  • Willingness to perform
  • Customer orientation
  • Drive for results / dedication
  • Independence
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Personnel management
  • Embraces change
  • Willingness to learn


Web Development Opportunity

An alumni-led group is looking to add a web developer onto their team. This will be a project based job with possibility of recurring employment for future updates and development.

The performance specifications for this project include: It must have account management with an integrated chat system. It must be able to safely handle credit card information, it also must be able to have our customers search for user listed items as well as search the web for comparative pricing from companies such as Amazon.

There will be compensation for the project and can be discussed further upon meeting.

If you are interested and feel you have the requisite skills, please contact Karl Renner – 412-965-7288 or

Cybergenetics – Computer Programmer Position

Cybergenetics is a local biotechnology company with offices located in Oakland.  They mainly do work with DNA evidence in forensics.

Job Description:  

Cybergenetics is seeking a computer programmer with 2-4 years of experience.  They will be helping to maintain biotechnology software products, with a possibility that some development may be needed.  The programmer will help to maintain existing MATLAB software that includes a relational database with a graphical user interface.

Job Requirements:

Seeking candidates that have good quantitative skills, an interest in scientific applications, and experience in analyzing real data. They should be able to work well independently and in groups. An MA or MS degree in a science or engineering field is preferred.  Experience in Macintosh, Windows, and UNIX operating systems, MATLAB, Java, and SQL programming languages, and some familiarity with computer science, databases, user interface development, and the software life cycle.

Visit the Cybergenetics Website(  for more information, and emailresumes to

Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative. The initiative targets current undergraduate and graduate students and is a part of the Department’s efforts to build a cybersecurity talent pipeline by working with secondary and post-secondary institutions and other key partners in academia and the private sector.

Through the Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, students are able to learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission by completing hands-on cybersecurity work and building technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response.

In the 2016 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative program cycle, over 80 student volunteer assignments are available at over 40 local DHS field offices across the country and eight participating DHS Components, to include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Office of Policy/Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative application period is open until January 29, 2016 through the USAJOBS portal (

For more information, contact the DHS CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI) at