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RIT to host Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity panel May 7

By Scott Bureau


To meet a growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, Rochester Institute of Technology and local lawmakers are co-hosting a panel discussion for those considering a career in computing security.

The Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity panel is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday May 7 at the Golisano Auditorium (GOL-1400), on the RIT campus. The free discussion is part two of the Cybersecurity Panel Series, a set of talks to help educate people about the increasing threat of cyber theft, created by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle and County Legislator Justin F. Wilcox.

The conversation will engage current and prospective students who may be interested in pursing a career in cybersecurity. The talk aims to make them aware of the many educational opportunities and benefits available.

“The more we can engage students and inform them about what cybersecurity is, the more careers and opportunities will become available to them,” said Morelle. “RIT has always been a leader in science and technology and I am thrilled to see them continue that pattern by hosting this event. I thank County Legislator Wilcox and all of our partners at RIT for working together to put forth such an engaging and informative panel.”

Experts from industry, academia and government will share their observations and stories from the rapidly growing sector. The panelists, including several RIT alums, are:

• Kirk Striebich ’89 (economics), supervisory special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division

• Peter Ryan Jr., fourth-year computing security student at RIT

• Chaim Sanders ’12, ’13, ’14 (networking and systems administration, information assurance, computing security and information assurance), security researcher at Trustwave Spiderlabs

• Bruce Jones, vice president and chief information security officer of the Lifetime Healthcare Companies

• Kirstie Failey, fourth-year information security and forensics major at RIT

• Eric J. Meyers ’88 (computer science), information technology director, cyber security, at Corning Incorporated

Jeanne Casares, chief information officer of Information Technology Services at RIT, will moderate the event.

“The demand for cybersecurity professionals is currently greater than the supply and by 2019 more than 600,000 jobs could go unfilled,” said Bo Yuan associate professor and chair of RIT’s Department of Computing Security. “RIT and New York State are very interested in helping to fill this crucial gap.”

After the panel, visitors can join in the celebration for RIT’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition team. In 2015, the team won it’s fifth regional championship in a row and placed third at the national competition.

The recognition event is from 1:30 to 1:50 p.m. in the Golisano atrium. This will be followed by a reception in Student Innovation Hall from 2 to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register for the free event