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RMU Students Get Lessons in Cyber Security from The Washington Center

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pittsburgh – Twelve students from Robert Morris University joined peers from 25 colleges and universities nationwide in attending the Challenges to National Security in a Global Society Academic Seminar, held recently in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, this one-week program consisted of discussions of compelling issues impacting national security, led by the nation’s leading experts and scholars in the field.

“The program is an amazing opportunity for students. Our students had the opportunity to learn and interact with experienced professionals from the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, plus many others,” said Karen Paullet, assistant professor of computer and information systems, who led the RMU students to The Washington Seminar.RMUNewsCyberSeminar

Students attended lectures given by some of the leading names in cyber security, including John Chris Inglis, deputy director of the National Security Agency; Richard Hale, deputy chief information officer of the Department of Defense; Bobbie Stempfley, director, National Cybersecurity Division, Department of Homeland Security; and Ambassdor R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA.

“Growing globalization, technological innovation, and shifting economic power create a complex and strained national security environment,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “We bring together the best minds in academia, government and political policy to discuss the U.S. role here and abroad, response protocols and the impact of modern technology and cyber vulnerabilities.”

RMU students had the opportunity to ask questions of analysts working in cyber security and learned more about cyber conflict and terrorism, topics taught in courses at RMU. Undergraduates who participated and completed the program will receive three academic credits and credit on their Student Engagement Transcript.

"I hope that this experience is offered again for students. I think that those students contemplating cyber security, cyber intelligence, or government cyber forensics would gain valuable insight to the workings of the various agencies of the U.S. Government," said Elizabeth Cole, one of the two graduate students to attend the seminar. She expects to complete her master’s degree in information security and assurance in 2014.

The trip to D.C. is one that senior cyber forensics and information security major Donald Balo will never forget. “My time at TWC was amazing. I connected with a lot of nice people from around the world. One of the best weeks of my life.”

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Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.