Center for Internet Security (CIS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, today
announced its Cyber Teaching Hospital, which will provide residency
training programs for undergraduate and graduate students and give them
the necessary skills to supplement the nation's critical need for a
trained cyber workforce. The program will provide mentoring and hands-on
casework during a semester-long, onsite residency at CIS. John Jay
College, Norwich University, NYU-Poly, the University at Albany, and
Utica College are among the schools participating in the initiative,
with more schools to be added.
Modeled after teaching hospitals at which medical residents continue
their education and training with hands-on experience working
side-by-side with medical professionals, the CIS Teaching Hospital will
offer selected graduate and undergraduate students the ability to work
with cyber security experts from both the public and private sectors and
gain practical experience they could not get in a classroom.
"Our goal with the Teaching Hospital is to bring together the brightest
minds from the academic community and connect them with experts in the
field, to take them from theory to reality," said William Pelgrin, CIS
President & CEO. "It's a win-win: the residents get world-class
mentoring and experience, and the cyber security profession gets highly
skilled individuals who can hit the ground running."
The residents will be recommended for the program by the participating
colleges and universities and selected by CIS based on a rigorous review
process. Residents will spend a semester at CIS headquarters in upstate
New York. Residents will gain practical experience in key disciplines,
including incident response, computer forensics, malware analysis,
vulnerability assessment, security policy and security event analysis.
Financial support comes in part from the participating schools and
As part of the program requirements, each participant must complete a
series of community service seminars called Community Lessons for
Improving Cyber Security (CLICS). Through CLICS, the Teaching Hospital
residents will provide educational presentations to local communities,
especially focused on seniors, grade school and high school students as
a means of giving back to the community and raising awareness about
Upon successful completion of the residency program, graduates will
receive a CIS certificate, and some students may continue on in their
studies, while others will enter the workforce. CIS is developing a
recruiting process to help match Teaching Hospital graduates with
employers in both the public and private sectors who need their talents.
The first semester of the CIS Teaching Hospital is under way and will
conclude in early May, with plans in progress for the upcoming summer,
spring and fall semesters. CIS is accepting applications for the summer
residency, which will begin May 27, 2013. Applications can be sent to CTH@cisecurity.org
Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College said, "There is no better
way to learn than by doing. Students in the residency training program
at the Cyber Teaching Hospital will learn how to meet the challenges to
our cyber security and, when they complete their residency, they will
constitute a well-trained workforce able to uncover, assess, and address
risks to the safety of our networks. This is a very exciting initiative,
and John Jay is happy to be among the colleges partnering with the
Center for Internet Security."
Nasir Memon, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Department at
NYU-Poly said: "We are excited that NYU-Poly students will participate
in this residency program and learn from the great team of reserchers at
the Center for Internet Security and apply their hands-on skills and
knowledge on real data at such a large scale."
Peter Bloniarz, dean of the College of Computing and Information at the
University at Albany, said, "The Center's Teaching Hospital is a unique
opportunity for students to work hand-in-hand with world-class cyber
experts on problems that organizations face daily. Students will get
first-hand experience with situations that are not just realistic but
are making a real difference in the organizations that work with the
Center. We're pleased to partner with the Center for Internet Security
to offer this opportunity to our students."
Todd Hutton, President of Utica College said, "Utica College is
privileged and honored to be a partner with the Center for Internet
Security in preparing the next generation of cybersecurity
professionals. The CIS Teaching Hospital offers a unique opportunity for
the best and the brightest to hone their skills in a variety of
cybersecurity specialties. Utica College is fortunate to have placed the
first "resident" in the CIS Teaching Hospital. We look forward to
partnering with the Center in meeting the nation's ever-growing need for
extraordinarily well-trained cybersecurity experts."
Learn how your school can participate or how your company can sponsor
a residency: contact CIS at CTH@cisecurity.org.
About The Center for Internet Security
for Internet Security (CIS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and
response of public and private sector entities. Visit CIS online at http://www.cisecurity.org;
see our latest news at http://www.cisecurity.org/about/news-room/;
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