Author Archives: John Counihan

About John Counihan

Cyber Forensics and Information Security Student, Class of 2018

bit-x-bit Presentation – A TSC Sponsored Event

The Top Secret Colonials will be sponsoring a presentation by bit-x-bit which will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. bit-x-bit will be discussing how to handle a digital forensic investigation from start to finish, including the intake of evidence and preparing forensic images.

bit-x-bit is a Digital Forensics and e-Discovery consulting company, finding evidence in internal investigations and in cases of data theft and security breaches. The legal and technical teams at bit-x-bit have successfully completed hundreds of forensic investigations and e-discovery projects, ranging in scope from investigating the metadata in one file to the collection, culling and analysis of millions of electronic documents. bit-x-bit has provided e-discovery and computer forensics training to the United States District Court, government agencies and major law firms.

There will be two presenters from bit-x-bit at this event:

Brett Creasy – President and Director of Digital Forensics. Brett has over ten years of IT and Digital Forensic experience with degrees from Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Villanova University and Capella University.

Caitlin Counihan – Digital Forensic Analyst. Caitlin has been with bit-x-bit for over a year and graduated from RMU in 2016.

Students will receive SET credit for attending this event, and pizza will be provided. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Paullet at paullet@rmu.edu. For more information about bit-x-bit, click here.

Engineering and IT Co-ops with ANSYS

ANSYS, Inc. is looking for undergraduate students to take part in their Summer 2018 IT and Engineering Co-ops. One focuses on Software Development while the other focuses on Software Testing. ANSYS is located in Canonsburg and is the global leader in engineering simulation software which bring ideas to life.

Co-ops rotate between school and full-time work assignments each semester. The students develop and test ANSYS’s industry-leading simulation software while gaining real experience in their field of study. Both Co-ops are 40-hour per week paid positions and will take place from May 14th to August 17th.

For the Software Development Co-op:

Responsibilities
• Work with software developers to design, implement, and debug
• Engineering simulation features
• UI toolkit components
• Infrastructure process and tools
• Online help systems

Qualifications
• Commitment to three (3) semester rotations for Engineers and two (2) semesters for Computer Science in partnership with University’s Co-op Office
• Pursuing a BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the co-op
• Exposure to C++, C#, Java or Python
• Sharp and tenacious problem solving skills
• Team player, responsible, and motivated

For the Software Testing Co-op:

Responsibilities
• Work with the testing team to conduct interactive and batch tests
• Modify or upgrade computer systems
• Write scripts to run testing responsibilities
• Analyze results, log and retest bugs found and fixed

Qualifications
• Commitment to three (3) semester rotations for Engineers and two (2) semesters for Computer Science in partnership with University’s Co-op Office
• Pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related technical degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the co-op
• Exposure to FEA and CAD
• Exposure to Unix/Windows/Linux systems
• Sharp and tenacious problem solving skills
• Team player, responsible, and motivated

For the Software Development Co-op, students can apply here or through ColonialTRAK.
For the Software Testing Co-op, students can apply here or through ColonialTRAK.
Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 28th.

 

Web Developer Internship – Pacer Studios

Pacer Studios is looking for a Web Developer Intern to work for them this Spring. The intern should be able to write sound HTML and CSS and have some familiarity with other languages, such as PHP and Javascript.  The intern should also have basic familiarity with WordPress. By the conclusion of the internship, they will be able to code custom WordPress themes from scratch. The company’s senior developer will work with the intern to teach them as many “tricks of the trade” as possible.

Qualities that Pacer Studios is looking for in an intern:

  • A team player who will be willing and happy to help others
  • Naturally positive, generally happy, and a joy to be around
  • Incredibly detail-oriented and organized
  • Love to learn, embrace failure, and never give up
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Love taking initiative
Other Qualifications:
  • High interest in learning and problem solving
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional organization, task and time management
  • Self-motivated, highly flexible and proactive with a team mentality

Students can apply for the internship through ColonialTRAK. Pacer Studios is located in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Technology Internship with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a Technology Internship opportunity for students currently working towards their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in technology. Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving companies in the technology, energy and financial sectors. They are looking for a Service Operations Intern to work for them immediately. The internship will take place in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Service Operations Intern will provide front line telephone support to attorneys and staff on all firm computer systems (hardware and software) and work on special projects as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Proficiency with desktop operating systems and Microsoft Office.
  • Understanding of networking concepts, database concepts and basic scripting and/or programming.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and multitask assignments, and to approach problems with a sense of ownership, enthusiasm and innovation.
  • Willingness to learn and grow in a professional environment.
  • GPA of 3.2 or above.

Interns will receive a wage of $10 per hour. They will have to work 20 to 25 hours per week. They should be available to start immediately.

To apply for this position, click here or apply through ColonialTRAK. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, December 28th. For more information about the company, click here.

Stockings for Soldiers

Sadly, there are many soldiers overseas that will not be home for the holidays. The Top Secret Colonials are collecting stockings to send to the soldiers. If you would like to fill a stocking for a soldier, you can pick one up in Dr. Paullet’s office (Wheatley 229). The stockings must be returned to her office by December 5th to be shipped.

Below is a partial list of items that are needed:

– Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butter Cookies
– Trail Mix
– Beef Jerky
– Granola Bars
– Breakfast Bars
– Slim Jims
– Twizzlers
– M&M’s (all flavors) – other chocolate will melt
– Pop Tarts
– Cards
– Crossword Puzzles
– Soduko
– Gum
– Caramel Popcorn
– Gummie Candy
– Chapstick
– Hot Cocoa Mix, Lemonade packets, etc.
– Nuts
– Pretzels
For more information, contact Dr. Paullet at paullet@rmu.edu

Cyber Security Presentation – Monday, November 13th

On Monday, November 13th, there will be a presentation by an employee from a major financial institution. He will discuss how the Cyber Security division of organizations operates along with detailing the varying arms of an organization’s Cyber Division to include cyber forensics, counterintelligence and insider threats. The presentation will take place in the Wheatley Atrium from 4:15pm to 5:30 pm.

One hour of SET credit can be earned. Refreshments will be served. This is a Top Secret Colonials event. For more information, contact Dr Paullet at paullet@rmu.edu.

Software Development Co-op with ANSYS, INC.

ANSYS, Inc. is looking for students to participate in their Spring and Summer 2018 Software Development Co-ops. ANSYS is located in Canonsburg and is the global leader in engineering simulation software that helps bring ideas to life. Co-ops rotate between school and full-time work assignments each semester. They develop and test our industry-leading simulation software while gaining real experience in their field of study.

The Spring 2018 Co-op is a 40-hour per week paid position starting January 2018 and concluding April 2018.

The Summer 2018 Co-op is a 40-hour per week paid position starting May 2018 and concluding August 2018.

Responsibilities 
• Work with software developers to design, implement, and debug
• Engineering simulation features
• UI toolkit components
• Infrastructure process and tools
• Online help systems

Requirements
• Commitment to three (3) semester rotations for Engineers and two (2) semesters for Computer Science in partnership with University’s Co-op Office
• Pursuing a BS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the co-op
• Exposure to C++, C#, Java or Python
• Sharp and tenacious problem solving skills
• Team player, responsible, and motivated

Desired Skills
• Exposure to object oriented programming
• Strong math skills
• Web development experience

For the Spring 2018 Co-op, students can apply here or through ColonialTRAK. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, November 15.

For the Summer 2018 Co-op, students can apply here or through ColonialTRAK. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.