Monthly Archives: October 2017

Snapchat’s Terms of Service

Did you read the new Terms of Service for your Snapchat account?

Odds are, probably not.  The most recent update occurred on September 26, 2017.  Before that, there was already a lot of power in the Terms hidden behind the blindly pressed clip-wrap agreement such as Snapchat being allowed to use your photographs on billboards without you knowing or getting any compensation for it.  If you have read through the terms in the past, some of this may be a review for you.

Here’s what you agreed to last month:

Your Private content:

“For all content you submit to the Services other than Public Content, you grant Snap inc. and our affiliates a worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, and distribute that content. “

  • even though this statement is followed by a big line stating these licenses are solely for bettering our services, having that much free will available can be an intimidating fact that we barely even think about.
  • public content is not included because Snapchat wants to use content you deemed free to the world, to their highest advantage.

Your Public content:

“In addition to granting us the rights mentioned in the previous paragraph [quoted above], you also grant us a perpetual license to create derivative works from, promote, exhibit, broadcast, syndicate, sublicense, publicly perform, and publicly display Public Content in any form and in an and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed)… you also grant Snap Inc, our affiliates, and our business partners the unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use your name, likeness, and voice, including in connection with commercial or sponsored content.”

  • Snapchat is allowed to do whatever it wants with your content placed on any story that is left open to the public such as the “Our story” options, or anything left on “My story” when you leave your settings so that anyone can view your story.
  • With the ability to use your name, likeness, and voice, you could be in a commercial, without your knowledge – but still technically with your consent – and get no compensation from Snapchat.

What can be done with your content on your end:

“While we’re not required to do so, we may access, review, screen, and delete your content at any time for any reason, including to provide and develop the Services or if we think your content violates these Terms.”

  • Although it is stated here that changing your content in any way would be to improve services or to remove anything that could be considered a violation, Snapchat can do things that are specific to your own individual account, without any restrictions because it is allowed to do so for any reason.  That line is just a sugarcoating.
  • even though Snapchat claims to be monitoring us to prevent illegal use of the application, it claims no obligation to regulate users, and therefore can be freed from any liabilities, putting full responsibility back onto users.

“…if you volunteer feedback or suggestions, just know that we can use your ideas without compensating you.”

  • any suggestions will be solely for you to improve the application; there is no other gain for you.

This is just a small synopsis of the general terms specified online by Snap Inc. regarding your content.

For full content, click Full Terms of Service.

IT Intern – IPEG, Inc.

IPEG, Inc. is looking for an IT Intern to work for them part-time at their office in Cranberry Township. The IT Intern assists with design, installation and testing for operating systems-level software, cloud based services, and network distribution software. Additionally, the intern participates in resolving end user hardware and software support requests.

Duties and Responsibilities
 Document, test, and debug new and existing software systems for internal use
 Support cloud based business packages such as and ServiceMax
 Support, maintain, and document software functionality
 Identify and evaluate new technologies for implementation
 Analyze code to find causes of errors and revise programs as needed
 Provides PC hands-on and phone support by troubleshooting general PC problems for other personnel
 Troubleshoots network-related or network software-related problems
 Installs and maintains networked software and hardware

Qualifications and Work Experience
 Undergraduate coursework in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field
 Knowledgeable in electronic equipment and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming
 Well-developed facilitation skills to work among individuals from various departments and locations
 Ability to demonstrate proficiency in interpersonal skills including effective collaboration and communication skills
 Ability to work in a team-oriented environment, showing a positive attitude
 Ability to effectively evaluate and respond appropriately to situations to the benefit of the customer
 Must possess a strong sense of urgency, ability to multi-task and strong organizational skills

For more information on this internship, click here. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, November 23rd. To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (include job code IPG-17-016 and the hours that you are available to work) to:

IPEG, Inc.
Attention: Human Resources
200 W. Kensinger Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Fax: 724.584.5406

Procurement Internships – Business, Supply Chain or Technical Students Covestro LLC

Job Description:

Procurement Internships – Business, Supply Chain or Technical Students

Your tasks and responsibilities
The Covestro Procurement group is currently seeking interns for the summer of 2018 at our North American headquarters located in Pittsburgh, PA. As part of the Procurement team, you will work on projects that support the planning, analysis and procurement of many strategic materials and services which are required to maintain or improve the efficient, low cost operation of the company’s facilities.

Throughout the summer internship program at Covestro, you’ll work closely with our highly skilled and experienced Procurement professionals. In addition to the work experience, you may have the opportunity to visit a plant and/or warehouse to give you greater insight and a first-hand look at our day-to-day operations.

You’ll contribute to ongoing projects that will help improve people’s quality of life, getting an intimate look at how Covestro identifies customer needs and keeps the flow of new and established products moving through the marketplace. The internship program will last approximately 12 weeks.


To be considered for an internship position you must meet the qualifications below:

Who you are
• Enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program with an emphasis in Business, Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Information Technology, International Business or related degree.
• Completion of Sophomore year.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to interact and establish good working relationships with diverse individuals.
• Project coordination with the ability to be proactive and identify creative, effective technical solutions.
• Demonstrated PC skills and ability to work within Microsoft Office programs.
• Strong analytical and problem solving abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
• Exposure to SAP through internship or coursework.
• Previous internship experience in Logistics, Procurement or Information Technology.

IT Internship Covestro LLC

Job Description:
Your tasks and responsibilities
Covestro is in search of talented individuals for Information Technology summer internship opportunities. The internship program will last approximately 12 weeks. The positions will be available at our North American Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.Throughout your internship you’ll work closely with some of the industry’s best and brightest managers and information scientists in the Information Technology department of Covestro. Throughout your internship experience you will have an opportunity to work on diversified IT landscape supporting best in class industrial applications and infrastructure/operations. You will be able to apply your knowledge and education to cutting edge technology landscape in a real industrial environment.

You will be able to apply your knowledge and education while working in teams on actual IT projects that help to solve real world problems while demonstrating your technical and creative skills and problem solving abilities.

Who you are
• Enrollment in a Bachelor degree program with a major and/or focus in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology or Information Security
• Completion of Sophomore prior to the start of the summer 2018 internship
• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to interact with and to establish strong working relationships with diverse individuals
• Project coordination with the ability to be proactive and identify creative, effective technical solutions
• Demonstrated PC skills and ability to work within Microsoft Office programs
• Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
• Willingness and ability to be placed in any of the aforementioned internship opportunities
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better preferred.The internship opportunities at Covestro may lead into recurring internship opportunities and/or full time job opportunities based on business needs and individual performance.

SciMathTech Interview Day at IUP

There will be an interview day on November 10, 2017 at IUP Monroeville.  This interview day is geared toward students in: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Information Systems and Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and the various related sub-disciplines within these fields.

Confirmed employers to date are:
Bayer: Information Technology Intern, Assistant Analyst IT (Rotational Program)
Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory: Lab Inspector
creehan and company: Business Analyst, Software Engineer/Developer, Technical Writer, QA Tester, Business Solutions Specialist
Duquesne Light: Intern – Audit/IT Audit/Risk, End User Computing Analyst – Intern, Business Support Analyst – Intern, Project Coordinator – Intern (2), Business Systems Analyst – Intern, Software Engineer (2), Systems Analyst – Intern, Information Security Analyst – Intern (3) Expedient: Front Desk Analyst with IT Experience, IT Support Technician
Information Age Technologies: Software Developer
UPMC: Information Services Division Rotation Program, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Programmer, Data Comm Specialist
U.S Steel Corporation: Intern Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research, Technician/Analyst

To be eligible for this interview day, candidates must complete all of the following three steps (in order) prior to the registration deadline of  Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by 12:00 PM.  Exceptions to this deadline will not be made.

Step #1: Read participating employer position descriptions.

  • Read the positions descriptions in detail. Identify the position(s) that you would like to apply to. Before completing the candidate registration form to verify that you meet the criteria for application.
  • Go to to see a PDF with the companies and the positions descriptions for the 2017 Interview Day. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Step #2: Complete the candidate registration form at
Step #3:  Email your resume to David Munn at

When saving your Resume it is imperative that you use the following naming convention and that the files are saved as a PDF or Word Document.
    • Internship Resume:  LastName_FirstName_Internship_Resume  (Doe_John_Internship_Resume.pdf
    • Employment Resume:  LastName_FirstName_Employment_Resume (Doe_John_Employment_Resume)
Please type “2017 SciMathTech Resume” in the subject line in the email. 
In the body of the email, be sure to include the company name and title of the position(s) in which you are applying. 
  • Employers will review submitted resumes and select the students they wish to interview. Not everyone will be chosen for an interview.
  • Candidates will be notified of their application status on November 6 by David Munn.
  • Some employers may require an online application prior to the interview.  It is the Career Center liaison’s responsibility to inform their student of this additional online application requirement.
  • Contact your Career Center liaison for transportation information. Some institutions are offering transportation to the event and some are not.
Site Information
Location:  IUP Monroeville Graduate and Professional Center
                 400 Penn Center Boulevard
                 Building 4, Suite 900
                 Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Parking:  Free parking in front and on both sides of building.
Food:  Vending machines are located on the 1st floor at the end of the corridor. Several restaurants are located on the shopping plaza and food court that are within walking distance (ie. Starbucks, Panera, Subway, Applebees)

Hire UP: College Recruiting Event sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council

The HireUP College Recruiting Event will be sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and will be held at the following location:

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:00-7:00 p.m.


  • Bombardier
  • Confluence
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.
  • Haemonetics
  • Intervala LLC
  • Lucas Systems
  • Management Science Associates, Inc.
  • SDLC Partners, L.P.
  • United States Steel

To Register:

2nd Annual STEM Career Fair

At the 2nd Annual STEM Career Fair, STEM students will have a chance to talk to employers about internships, full-time, or summer positions!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
1PM- 3PM
John Jay Auditorium

Partial list of companies include:

  • Atrium Innovations (IT/SCI)
  • CGI (Formerly Summa) (CIS, SE)
  • CONSOL Energy, Inc. (CIS, IT, SCI)
  • FedEx Ground (IT)
  • Geo-Solutions (SCI)
  • Gregori Construction Inc. (IT, MATH)
  • Highmark Health (CIS, SE, MATH/STATS)
  • Internship Nepal (ALL)
  • Rebdev, LLC (CIS, IT, BUS)
  • ServiceLink (CIS, BUS)
  • Sippel Co., Inc. (IT)
  • Superbolt (IT)

SOC Analyst Job for Ideal Integrations Inc.

What would I be doing for this job?

If you are a CIS major who is a night owl but also very articulate, then we have a full-time job for you!  This job requires strong verbal skills for conversing with clients through written, verbal, phone, or in person means, as well as thorough documentation of situations.

This security job also includes:

  • analyzing, identifying, and eliminating customer security alerts, events, or incidents.
  •  identifying weaknesses in customer infrastructures – suggest solutions/improvements
  • assisting in creation and maintenance of documentation for SOC procedure and processes
  • Ensuring that they are complying with Information Security Policies
  • Ensuring that all security and operational controls are followed and enforced.


  • personal vehicle/valid license
  • 24/7 on-call work
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment
  • Travel
  • Heavy lifting
  • staying up to date on latest vulnerabilities, exploits, and any other relevant threat information
  • [preferred]:
    • Technical or Associate degree in relevant field   -OR-
    • 1 year’s equivalent experience
  • Shift from 8pm – 7am.

Experience and Necessary skills:

  • SOC/NOC/Blue team
  • Programming/Shell scripting [examples:]
    • PERL
    • Python
    • Java
    • Shell
    • PowerShell
  • System or Network Administration
  • Configuration/implementation of Technical security solutions [examples:]
    • Firewalls
    • IDS/IPS
    • Antivirus
    • SIEM
  • Windows & Linux OS and applications
  • Security standards PTES, Defense in Depth, etc.

How to Apply:

To apply for this job, contact Chris Shillingburg at

Internship for National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

The National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) is a Pittsburgh based globally focused non-profit corporation committed to identifying, mitigating and neutralizing cyber crime threats. The NCFTA operates by conducting real time information sharing by analysis and subject matter experts in the public, private and academic sectors. Through these partnerships, the NCFTA proactively identifies cyber threats in order to help its partners take preventive measures to mitigate and neutralize those threats. For more information see

The NCFTA offers talented students an innovative work experience in a growing sector that will help them enhance their professional development and academic goals. Our program offers paid internships for undergraduate and graduate degree students. It is an intensive 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate level students the opportunity to work in areas such as intellectual property fraud, financial fraud, and malware and cyber threats in order to build knowledge and skills in the intelligence analysis field. The student will receive training and be part of the team from day one. They will be assigned to a manager and mentor to enable them to quickly learn and acclimate. During their first few weeks on the team, they will participate in the internship orientation to become familiar with the NCFTA’s various resources, policies and procedures.

Role of the Intern:

Selected candidates will work on various organizational program initiatives. Duties will focus on conducting research and data collection using various tools and applications as well as proactive research in open sources to produce a finished product for dissemination. The intern will engage in collaboration with NCFTA partners and peers and be expected to participate in program meetings.

Internships with our Malware & Cyber Threats Program are more technical in nature and, as such, applicants with a sound technical background are desired. These duties may include writing scripts to automate processes (e.g. Python & shell/bash scripts), reviewing and analyzing malicious code (e.g. C, C++, VB.NET, Assembly, Java), and creating databases (MySQL, MS SQLServer, Postgress). Students with working knowledge of Mac OSX may have an opportunity to work on special projects.

Required Qualifications:
• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and be eligible for a U.S. Government security clearance
• Major studies in areas of consideration: International Affairs/Politics/Relations; Intelligence/Security Studies; Computer Science; Information Security; Business Intelligence or related fields. Other majors are considered on a case by case basis.
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Excellent writing skills and strong analytical thinking
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
• Arabic, Turkish, Russian, Chinese and Eastern European language skills desirable but not required
• Extensive experience with computers and networking highly preferred but not required

Candidate Skills:
While applicants come from a range of academic backgrounds, the most competitive applicants also should possess the following:
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Take initiative and be self-motivated
• Work well with others and have strong interpersonal abilities
• Good judgment and decision-making skills

Locations: Internships are available in Pittsburgh, PA

Application Instructions:

How to Apply: Resumes should be directed to: Please include:
• Your resume
• A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for the position and address why you want to intern as an analyst
• Unofficial transcript

Dr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park Receive Best Research Paper Awards at IACIS 2017

SAP2PWDr. Ping Wang and Dr. Sun-A Park have been recognized for research that was presented at the 2017 International

Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS) conference.  The conference took place Oct. 4-7 in Philadelphia.

IMG_0405Dr. Wang, a professor in SCIS’ Department of Computer and Information Systems, earned the Best Paper Award – Pedagogy, Honorable Mention for “A Constructive Team Project Model for Online Cybersecurity Education,” a paper he authored with Dr. Raed Sbeit, a senior manager at Verizon.

“The study suggests that an effective online team project model can enable students to succeed both individually and as a team,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Wang and Dr. Park co-authored “Communication in Cybersecurity: A Public Communication Model for Business Data Breach Incident Handling.” That paper received Best Paper Award – Research, Honorable Mention.  Dr. Park is an associate professor in SCIS’ Department of Communication.

“Our research has valuable implications on corporate communication with various publics, such as stakeholders, customers, media, and industry regulation authorities, as part of cybersecurity incident response and handling,” Dr. Wang said.

Dr. Park added, “Our case study of the massive Yahoo data breaches indicates that the timing of incident response may be more important than the communication strategies in shaping public perception on the company’s incident handling responsibility and subsequently the company’s reputation.”

“I am immensely proud of the SCIS faculty for their commitment to teaching, research and service,” AnnMarie LeBlanc, the SCIS dean said. “The honors bestowed by this international organization of their peers is testimony to the quality of Dr. Wang and Dr. Park’s scholarly endeavors. Together with their colleagues, I congratulate them.”

Dating to 2012, faculty in RMU’s Department of Computer and Information Systems have been honored with paper awards at four of the six IACIS conferences.