Congratulations to Kyle Daun, a Bachelor of Science degree student in NEIT’s Information Technology/Cybersecurity program, on receiving a generous scholarship from Lighthouse Computer Services through Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Lighthouse Computer Services awards scholarships to Rhode Island students enrolled in Information Technology programs at a Rhode Island college or university and with an affiliation to one of the five U.S. Military branches. Kyle enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served as a Military Police Officer for 12 years, stationed in Missouri, Germany, Hawaii and Virginia. Knowing a college degree would advance his career, this devoted husband and father of four young boys decided to enroll at NEIT. Still in the Army Reserves Kyle stated, “Enlisting in the Army after high school was the best choice for me.” This well-deserved scholarship could not have been awarded to a more worthy individual. Great job, Kyle!
It seems like not a week goes by without news of companies being hacked. Sony pictures, Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Anthem (2nd largest Health provider in the US), Ebay, SnapChat and British Airways to just name a FEW companies that were hacked recently. Here is a Link to the World’s Biggest Data Breaches for a complete list of recently hacked companies.
Everyone is creating data. Whether you are sending that SnapChat to your bestie or you are purchasing a cool phone case on Ebay. YOU are creating data that CAN be hacked.
Companies are challenged more and more each year with protecting their data. Whether it is customer credit cards, a companies secret patents or private photos posted to your social network. Maybe even bigger challenge for companies than protecting YOUR data, is finding qualified Cyber-Security specialist to prevent the next assault on their data.
Check out this great story from CBS News.
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, online and Master’s degree programs, including Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security Technology.
Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
SANS Cyber Aces Online makes available, free and online, selected courses from the professional development curriculum offered by The SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training. SANS goal in making these courses available as open courseware is to help grow the talent pool and accelerate the rate at which skilled cyber professionals can enter the information security industry – filling mission critical jobs currently going unfilled.
The course covers the three foundation areas of information security.
□ Networking □ Operating Systems □ Systems Administration
The Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Championship
Top performers in the SANS Cyber Aces Online will be invited to an online State Championship on June 27, 2015, to compete for top honors and scholarships. Qualified participants will compete in SANS NetWars. SANS NetWars is a suite of hands-on, interactive learning scenarios that enable information security professionals to develop and master the real-world, in-depth skills they need to excel in their field.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
QUALIFYING ENDS: June 4, 2015
AWARDS: New England Institute of Technology will award scholarships to the top three finalists.
Current New England Institute of Technology students is not eligible for scholarships and scholarships can only be applied to full time degree program at NEIT.
The Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Championship is hosted in partnership with the New England Institute of Technology.
Visit www.cyberaces.org for more information.
NEIT graduate, Annette Niemczyk, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems Technology, Networking Concentration, in September, 2004, and an Associate in Science degree in Computer Servicing Technology in March, 2003. Since that time, Annette has worked at Envision Technology Advisors in Pawtucket, RI, for 11 years.
Her hard work and dedication to the field of Information Technology was recently recognized by Providence Business News (PBN). Annette was nominated by the CEO of her company, Todd Knapp. She was named a “Woman to Watch” in the Technical Services category of this year’s Business Women Awards program from PBN. Annette joins 11 other award winners and 12 Achievement Honorees for 2014. As she stated, “I am honored to have been selected for this award. Technology has always been one of my passions, and it has been an amazing and rewarding experience climbing the ladder both technically and professionally with Envision.”
Because of her commitment to excellence, Annette is reaping many rewards. She now shares her story with Tech News readers.
What made you decide to attend NEIT?
When I was first deciding on a career path, I was interested in Information Technology (IT) and athletics but knew that IT would be a better long term option. I had completed my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth. I was two weeks away from starting my sophomore year and decided that the IT program at UMass didn’t offer the courses I really wanted. I heard about New England Tech and quickly realized that its IT program was more focused in the areas I wanted to pursue, which is networking and infrastructure. I was impressed with the hands-on approach to learning as well. Because of the October start, the timing worked out perfectly for me.
How did you choose your program?
I was always interested in computers growing up, especially the physical characteristics. New England Tech’s networking program was very specific for what I wanted to do as a career.
What did you do to get started with your career?
One of my professors knew the owner of Envision Technology Advisors. During my last year at New England Tech, Envision was looking for interns, and my name came up. I worked as an intern from August, 2003 to September, 2004, at which time I graduated from NEIT. I got my business cards and was asked to come on full-time as an engineer! Internships are so important for students to get their careers going. Seeing the day-to-day operations of a company are so valuable.
Tell us about your position.
The company was growing quickly and because of my work ethic, I was promoted from Engineer to Senior Engineer within two years. In my current position as Senior Engineer, I provide IT services in the areas of infrastructure, security, networking, and virtualization. I work with two types of clients. First, I work with clients on their day-to-day operations, which involves consulting and helping them build their business from a technical aspect. These duties may include hands-on work or depending on the size of the company, I may be consulting with the IT Department developing its strategy. For the second type of client, I work as an engineer executing high level projects from start to finish.
What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position?
My internship at Envision was the key to my success. It bridged the gap from book knowledge to real world experience. My classes were good, especially those that were hands-on. The hands-on classes really sparked my interest and made it stick!
Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?
My biggest piece of advice is to be hungry to learn. That motivation and drive you need to get through the learning process at the entry level will get you to the next level. You have to be willing to put in the effort upfront to get what you want in the end. You have to earn where you want to go. It just doesn’t happen.
What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field?
Get out and look for internships. Look for industry exposure. That is the biggest thing a student can do. All the certifications are great, but getting practical real world exposure is what counts.
“(I) also wanted to note, every place I interviewed was extremely impressed with not just what I know, but the fact that I went to NEIT. Your school has an excellent reputation out in the professional world. It really allowed me to pick and choose who I wanted to work for (I received many job offers before accepting this one).” Justin Viera 3/2010 Associate degree in Network Engineering Technology and currently enrolled in the Bachelor degree in Network Engineering Technology
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.
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What do IT pros need to know to succeed in today’s new world of work? Earlier this year, Foote Partners interviewed 500 IT managers to examine the skills and tools not subject to the usual IT certifications in order to see where growth opportunities lay. Let’s look at their top growth areas and by extension, where you should be focusing your own IT skills development in the near future.
Network Security Management
NoSQL Database Technologies
Girls can code too. So why does there continue to be a gender gap when it comes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers? Let’s change that!
From the NYTimes.com:
WHEN I was 7 years old, I knew the capitals of most major countries and their currencies. I had to, if I wanted to track down a devious criminal mastermind in the computer game “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” On screen, the ACME Detective Agency would spit out clues like notable landmarks to help players identify the city where Carmen’s globe-trotting henchmen were hiding out. I wouldn’t learn how to pronounce Reykjavik for more than a decade, but I could tell you that its currency was called the krona.I was the child of Indian immigrants, and like any begrudging Bengal tiger cub, I penciled in fill-in-the-blank maps and memorized multiplication tables after dinner. I was much more motivated to learn about geography by chasing Carmen Sandiego on the family Macintosh Plus. I couldn’t confidently point to Iceland on a map. But I did become a technology reporter.
Natalie Rusk is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab who helped develop Scratch, an open-source programming platform where kids can code games and animation and then share projects and how-to tips. She thinks the next two years will determine whether coding can start to close the gender gap. “One of the key reasons to broaden participation is to get more diversity of who is designing these technologies,” she said. “It’s being presented as, ‘Learn how to program,’ ” she said, “but not, ‘What do you want to program? What’s your idea?’ ”
So what if, instead of trying to guess at what might get girls interested in technology, we looked at what’s already on their screens? While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — classes and schools. Reshma Saujani, founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, said, “We have to meet them where they are.”
“Students kept walking in asking to learn how to code wearing Minecraft T-shirts,’” said Stephen Foster, a founder of the San Diego-based organization ThoughtSTEM, which teaches kids ages 8 to 18 to code in after-school programs and summer camps. “Once it happened the 20th time, we started to realize, ‘Oh, hey, maybe these kids know something that we don’t.’ ”