Category Archives: cybersecurity

GNC Undergraduate Information Security Co-Op

GNC has an open position for an undergraduate level co-op for the Fall semester of 2023, located in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Information Security College Co-Op will provide business-enabling security services, protect the company, and gain professional experience as a member of our corporate Information Security team. This position will work in partnership with GNC’s Information Security professionals and cross-functional subject matter experts to perform three primary duties:

  • User access services, including provisioning, de-provisioning, and auditing user access
  • Security operations monitoring, investigating, and responding to security events
  • Complete a project to increase the efficiency of the Information Security function through automation or business process improvement.

This co-op role will be full-time (40 hours per week) during the fall semester (September to December 2023). Any student who is interested must be available in Pittsburgh for the duration of the program.

More information can be found here:

If interested, please contact:

Ciara Boeltz
Program Manager, Talent Acquisition

NSF SFS Scholarship Grant Program

The NSF-SFS Scholarship application is now open.  Interested students will find the “How to Apply” section on our SFS website here:

Before applying, students are highly encouraged to attend the next informational session on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00 pm,  in room Wheatley 119.  

See below for more information:

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 


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:

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

Dr. Ping Wang Receives Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense

Congratulations to Dr. Ping Wang!

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department has received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP). This grant is to recruit and develop cyber talent for the DoD cyber workforce and to enhance the national pipeline for qualified cyber professionals. The grant will support one selected CySP student scholar and faculty research on cybersecurity education and mentoring. The selected CySP student scholar will receive support to cover full tuition and fees, a living stipend, a laptop computer, and textbook allowance. Students graduating from the CySP program will be placed and serve in professional positions of cybersecurity within DoD agencies.

This is the second time RMU has received the DoD CySP grant. This award was possible as RMU is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by NSA/DHS. This designation must be in good standing to apply for this competitive grant.

Dr. Ping Wang is the Principal Investigator (PI) of this grant project.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wang!

Fortune Magazine Ranked RMU in Best Online Master’s Programs in Cybersecurity

Fortune magazine ranks RMU 8th out of 20 universities in its inaugural Best Online Master’s Programs in Cybersecurity. The ranking is based on the average undergraduate GPA of its enrolled students; acceptance, retention, and graduation rates; and the size of the most recent graduating class.

Dr. Ping Wang Wins Best Paper Award – Research at IACIS 2021 Conference

Dr. Ping Wang, University Professor of Computer and Information Systems, and co-author Dr. Hubert D’Cruze (University of Maryland) were the recipients of the Best Paper Award – Research at the 61st Annual Conference for the International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS). The IACIS conference was held virtually this year on October 6-8, 2021.

Dr. Wang’s winning research paper was titled “Honeypots and Knowledge for Network Defense.”

Congratulations, Dr. Wang!