Volunteer Program Offers Great Opportunities For Cyber-Security Students

Internship or interning is a time honored tradition from which a person could get some specialized learning while working. It’s usually some fine-tuned knowledge that one would not normally get in a university, a.k.a., hands on experience.

As we approach the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT) and those trillion sensors, cyber security is not only going to be a major concern, but will be generating some serious coin for those who are knowledgeable in thwarting cybercrime and cyberterrorism. Based on that, what better office to get some extremely valuable hands-on tricks of the trade than the Department of Homeland Security.

The Department of Homeland Security will start accepting applications for its 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current undergraduate and graduate students. If chosen, some 50+ students will complete volunteer assignments at department field offices in over 40 locations across the US. As a result, they will gain invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the cybersecurity work performed across organization.

Selected students will support activities such as cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. They will also participate in mentoring and professional development events with department managers and senior leaders.

If security is your future forte and you qualify, one could not ask for a better opportunity. And hey, it won’t look too shabby on the resume´. For more information about the selection and application process, visit http://www.dhs.gov/secretarys-honors-program

~MD

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