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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

RobotTutor Talk on November 15th

As part of the RMU Entrepreneurship Week 2017, The Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in collaboration with the RMU ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Chapter housed in the Department of Engineering – SEMS, cordially invite you to attend an exciting talk discussing RobotTutor, 2017 $1M Xprize Winner.
Wednesday 11/15/2017
10:00am to 11:30 am
Room: Franklin 203

SET credit available

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.

Highlights: Splunk Presentation with U.S. Steel’s James Wolfe

This event was held October 26th, and in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights to be taken away from the presentation.  So, if you were in class and regretted now skipping class for this, we have got you covered!

Main Points:

  • Searches – he discussed how when you use the search bar, it is important to understand its format:
    • [general code] | [less general] | [continually more specific search]
    • as you can tell, the idea is that there are commands that you use that are processed from left to write, and each command is separate by the |(pipe).
  • Save searches! – with there being so many different ways to slice all of the network traffic that Splunk is managing, having different frequented searches saved is very convenient to insure more time searching network traffic, and not google for Splunk commands.
  • Statistics – in order for anomaly detection to work, there needs to be an idea of what is normal.  One person’s smile could be another person’s bad-day face.  It is important to judge off of what is normal for the network traffic, much like judging someone’s behavior off of what is normal for that person.  The statistics generated are what determines what falls within normal behavior for their network.
  •  Real-time Graphs & Charts – generating graphs and charts that will actually change and adjust in real time are super important.  It allows an easy way to understand what is going on in the network – instantaneously.  Wolfe stressed that bosses will love something so clean, visually appealing, and content-specific.

Splunk application:

This presentation was about Splunk, the security event manager/log aggregation software.  If you have had Paullet’s class and suffered through the wonderfully challenging Enron emails assignment, then you have had a small taste of this software’s capabilities.  Splunk can be used for a wide variety of applications because of its ability to organize/index large sums of information with ease into databases, or indexes.  James Wolfe focused on Splunk’s network security applications.  James Wolfe is a security administrator for U.S. Steel, so his job requires him to focus on network traffic such as IPs, users, or anything that could potentially indicate a point of failure for their network.  Wolfe explained that the beauty of Splunk is that you can start looking without needing to know exactly what it is that you are looking for – exactly how I described my use of Splunk when trying to find incriminating Enron emails.  Because security is the importance of the job, he discussed the commands that would be useful for security.  These things included:

  • dedup – removes duplicates in your search.
    • EX: dedup user, src_ip
  • wineventlog
    • 4625 – this code indicates a failure to log in

A very basic example shown to us to show how the data was being used to detect anomalies was through the ratio or successful to unsuccessful log ins for users.  By creating a baseline formula for the rate of successful logins for each user, the computer can flag any time there is a change in this rate that goes within 1-2 standard deviations.  The data is all producing algorithms and equations based on what you – the user of the Splunk software – deems important.

  • table_raw – views the raw informaiton that splunk pulled the information from for the databases/indexes

This raw information was very education in seeing how convenient the software is, because the raw version was pretty jumbled, messy, and difficult to understand.

Career Advice:

  • Deskside/IT support is a good career start – you learn to troubleshoot
  • Ask as many questions as you can – be willing to do projects; this will make you valuable.
  • CERTIFICATIONS: N+* – basic fundamentals of networking.
  • Government – certifications are legally required
  • CCNA – CISCO; mid-level
  • Maintain a strong work ethic
  • Log into a firewall – download free for home*
  • 2 year schools like ITT tech allows hands on experience
  • 4 year degree preferable, but less hands on – it proves that you are hardworking and willing to put in the time necessary; this ties in greatly with having a strong work ethic.
  • Microsoft imagine account; dream spark; 2016 data center OS worth $3,000 [we get it for free at RMU, so utilize it!]
    • Spin up a DHCE from home
  • All acronyms – know.
  • Splunk: just saying that you have worked with Splunk automatically gives you an edge against the competition for any job in security.
  • Google: useful; know that it really is alright to google what you do not understand when doing anything on the computer.  There is so much to know, and as long as you accept that you will be learning throughout your entire career, you will be able to stay in demand with employers.

Fun Facts:

  • Companies have filters on their employee’s computers preventing them from going on certain sites.  Because you cannot access these through google, users will use Bing as their loophole to sites that they are not supposed to access.
  • U.S. Steel, much like other companies, uses firewall redundancy to prevent any debilitating security errors.
  • Splunk is free to download; free for developers license. All software is free all you need is to buy your own server with 16 gigs – plenty for an at home – of ram.  Buy second NIC. Spin up VMs. Download licenses.

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 http://www.scimathtech.com/Student-information 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 www.scimathtech.com/Student-information.
 
Step #3:  Email your resume to David Munn at munn@rmu.edu

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.

COMPANIES SCHEDULED TO ATTEND:

  • 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: https://members.pghtech.org/ptc/MemberPortal/CoreCopy/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=FY18HIRE01&WebsiteKey=8480e7db-8b32-457b-bfae-e89410d077b6

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)