Cyber Security Program for Grad Students

Friday, March 2, 2012 @ 02:03 PM gHale

Graduate students pursuing careers related to cyber security, including specialties in computer science, engineering, law, public policy, economics and social sciences, can apply for Cyber Security Technology, Policy, Law and Planning for an Uncertain Future, a weeklong summer institute at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA.

The program will take place Aug. 5-10 and is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. The program will have 20 students. The application deadline extended to March 12. Go to Summer Institute for details and the online application.

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Participating students will collaborate in small teams, working side by side with leading national experts in the technical, policy and legal cyber security arenas.

“The federal government needs to have a hiring pool of cyber security professionals to draw upon,” said Susanna Gordon, manager of computer sciences and information systems at Sandia’s California site. “They need to be threat-informed and they need to have the skills and tools that can wipe out classes of vulnerabilities, as opposed to today’s model, which is very much a ‘find a vulnerability, fix a vulnerability’ model. Institutes like this one are designed to help prepare that next generation of cyber security practitioners, including not only deep technical expertise, but also the policy and legal aspects that are so often critical in making real progress.”

Gordon said she hopes the experience will help persuade participating students to consider Sandia as a future place of full-time employment.

“We also hope they will spread the word back at their home institutions of the importance of the work we do at Sandia and the high quality of our staff and facilities,” she said.

Students will select from the following technical focus areas:
• Assured Sharing: Post-WikiLeaks Era Tensions in National-Security Information Sharing and Safeguarding
• Information Analytics for Cyber Security
• Public-Private Sector Responsibilities and Legal Issues in Our Nation’s Cyber Defense
• Trusted Digital systems Designed with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays

Students will participate in a strategic-planning exercise to discuss technical advances and capabilities that could strengthen U.S. defenses against cyber attacks.
Institute participants will get housing at a Livermore suites hotel located near Sandia. Transportation and meals are also a part of the deal.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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