Author Archives: Dr. Jamie Pinchot

About Dr. Jamie Pinchot

Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University

Join the Top Secret Colonials (TSC)

The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will hold their first meeting for this semester on Tuesday, January 17th in the Wheatley Cafe at 3:30 pm. We have a lot of events planned for the semester and are ready to get you all involved! 

If you have friends that are interested in joining the club, please encourage them to come as well.

Below you will find some general information on why you would want to become an official member. Dues can be paid via the link, to one of the officers or you can drop off the dues to Dr. Paullet (Wheatley 229). If she is not there, please make sure that the dues are in an envelope with your name, email address and t-shirt size. 

The Top Secret Colonials are always accepting members. Please read below about the benefits of being an official TSC member. 

Yearly dues to be a member of the Top Secret Colonials is $25.00.  Please know that by joining you will be given the annual TSC t-shirt once we have this year’s design plus you will be given a bag with several TSC items upon payment of the annual dues.  If you use Paypal please send an email with your t-shirt size.   There are several benefits to paying dues and becoming a member that I would like to mention: 

1) You are a member of the Top Secret Colonials

2) Job and Internship Opportunities – TSC receives opportunities not posted to the reas of the school from alumni of the club

3) Year t-shirt and additional TSC items

4) The payment of dues lists you as an active member. As an active member, you are able to list the organization on your resume.

5) Invited to tech workshops and hands-on labs

6) Networking opportunities that can lead to part-time and full-time positions. 

7) Invitations to TSC planned events

8) As a member you can earn SET credit

9) Attendance to conference and competitions

Paypal link: 

Congratulations to 2022 TRISS Scholarship Winners

It is with great pride that the CIS Department recognizes the RMU students who were recipients of 2022 TRISS Scholarships. This year 9 Top Secret Colonial (TSC) – Cybersecurity students were awarded money from the Three Rivers Information Security Symposium (TRISS). TRISS takes place in the Pittsburgh region each year and is the largest information security conference in this region. Students were required to be registered full-time in cybersecurity or a similar IT degree and were required to submit a transcript (3.0 GPA or higher), letters of recommendation, and a personal statement to be considered. 

The scholarship recipients were as follows:

1 – Jihad Mayo 
2 – Brandon Schuh
3 – Katelyn Shannon 
4 – Katelyn Cole 
5 – Austin Martin 
6 – Marvin Posadas 
7 – Allison Zeanchock
8 – Evan Brooks
9 – Anthony Guerrero 

Congratulations!

Virtual Information Session for DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Today (11/29) at 2pm

The Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program provides full ride scholarship grants to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of qualified and selected students in cybersecurity studies at institutions with National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) designations, including RMU.

Dr. Ping Wang will be holding a virtual information session today, November 29, at 2:00pm. to discuss the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

More information can be found here:
https://www.rmu.edu/academics/sihss/center-for-cybersecurity-education/dod-scholarship

Please email Dr. Wang at wangp@rmu.edu for an invitation and access link for the online information session today.

RMU Professors Win Best Paper Award at CONISAR 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Slonka (RMU D.Sc. Graduate, Class of 2014) from Saint Francis University and Dr. Sushma Mishra, Dr. Peter Draus, and Dr. Natalya Bromall from the Computer Information Systems department at RMU for winning the Best Paper Award at the Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) 2022! CONISAR 2022 was held in Clearwater, FL on November 2-5, 2022.

Their winning research paper was focused on organizational security governance and was titled “Measurement, reporting, and monitoring organizational security governance: A qualitative analysis of security professionals’ experiences.”

Dr. Bromall Achieves Prestigious Re-certification as AWS Solutions Architect

Dr. Natalya Bromall has been recertified as an AWS Solutions Architect – Associate (AWS-SAA). Dr. Bromall was previously certified in this area, but this prestigious exam has undergone intensive change since its last iteration and become even more difficult to achieve. Dr. Bromall is also certified as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy Educator and an AWS Cloud Practitioner. Congratulations, Dr. Bromall, on this excellent achievement!

For any students interested in learning more about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud computing, consider taking INFS/ENGR 4460 and INFS/ENGR 6460 Cloud Computing and Amazon Web Services. This course covers content that is included in the AWS-SAA exam, and can get you onto the right path for your own certification. The AWS-SAA exam was recently listed as the second highest paying IT certification in 2021. Dr. Bromall is teaching this course on Tuesday evenings in Spring 2023.