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SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women

NCWIT Academic Alliance member students are encouraged to apply to the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women. This is a great opportunity for RMU students since we are now members of NCWIT.

The SANS Institute is presenting the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity industry. Academy participants receive intensive, accelerated training and certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.

The SANS Institute is offering free SANS courses for female junior and senior college students and recent graduates; this is worth over $20,000.

Students must take the qualifying exam by October 30th to be considered for the Academy. Contact womensacademy@sans.org to get a unique link to the exam or if you have any questions about the program.

Here is a link for more information on NCWIT: https://www.sans.org/media/cybertalent/Womens-Brochure.pdf

The Washington Center names RMU Academic Seminar University of the Year

Robert Morris University has been named the 2014 Academic Seminar University of the Year by the prestigious Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Recently, a group of thirty-two RMU cyber forensics and information security students traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in The Washington Center’s academic seminar program. The seminar was based on issues of National Security and gave the students an opportunity to learn from leading national security experts. As well as this being an excellent learning opportunity, this served as an opportunity for networking with national security leaders.

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The Washington Center chose Robert Morris University as its academic seminar of the year based on many factors; some factors being the Top Secret Colonials fundraising efforts, preparation for the trip, and devotion of the students and faculty regarding the seminar itself.

The students were lucky to have been at the seminar in D.C. while there was extreme information security controversy happening here in Pittsburgh, PA. The group happened to be visiting the Chinese Embassy just hours after it was announced that the U.S. government filed criminal charges of cyber espionage against Chinese officials for allegedly having hacked some of Pittsburgh’s foremost industrial providers including Alcoa, Westinghouse, and U.S. Steel.

Many students having participated in the trip have become advocates for the importance of this seminar, as well as their student-run organization, Top Secret Colonials. TSC secretary, Jake Pancari, stated, “The seminar is a life changing opportunity, something I never could have experienced by just going to class all the time. We witnessed history in the making while we were there, and I got to meet so many influential people working in DC. It’s easily one of the best decisions I’ve made in my time at RMU.”