Former Professor Introduces Program’s Practical Approach and Encourages Students to Apply for Department of Defense Scholarships
During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, UW-Stout cybersecurity faculty and students represented the university in a panel discussion to explore the growing dynamics and diversity in the field.
Holly Yuan, Program Director, Computer Networking and Information Technology, will represent UW-Stout on a panel discussion on UW System Cybersecurity Education at the Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit in Wisconsin Dells, October 23-25 Did.
She provided an overview of university cybersecurity programs, student clubs, technologies, tools, practical approaches to teaching cybersecurity, and related programs such as CNIT. She also talked about how the program is increasing diversity and supporting the Wisconsin workforce.
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Yuan serves as faculty advisor for the Women in IT and Security (WITS) and Cyber Defense student clubs. She advocates and promotes women in IT and cybersecurity.
During the summit, Yuan joined several female cybersecurity students at Wisconsin’s first Women in Cybersecurity event. The event for women working in cybersecurity or pursuing a related degree highlighted the increasing number of female cybersecurity professionals and the expanding opportunities for women in this field.
“We have an excellent group of female students in our program,” Yuan said. “Women are underrepresented in cybersecurity. Our CNIT program has increased female enrollment from her 3 to her 14 over the past few years.”
In 2021, the CNIT program had 201 students. To increase the number of women participating in cyber-related programs, Yuan and her faculty, along with industry partners, have built a mentorship/sponsorship program for female students. We have developed a WITS club for students to support each other. Supported alliances with male students. We also created an awareness campaign with the cybersecurity community.
Students at the Women in Cybersecurity event met with Wisconsin’s Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, and former DOD CIO. “The officials encouraged them and our students were interviewed by her news reporters. It was a great experience for them,” Yuan said.
Ary Andersen, a computer science major at Eau Claire, said: And she hopes there really exists a strong female community that supports and encourages each other to grow and connect. ”
Mariana Pena, a CNIT major at Waukesha, said women make up only 24 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, so “unless they are 100 percent qualified, women will not take opportunities or put themselves in them. You may be reluctant to do so.
“The best advice I have learned is that whatever you want to pursue, you don’t have to be totally confident, just focus on having courage. It allows you to open yourself up to opportunities you might not have, because ultimately that’s how you build confidence.
Cyber Defense Scholarship Helps Prepare Students for Wisconsin Workforce
In 2017, UW-Stout was named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
UW-Stout is the first four-year university in the state to receive this prestigious accreditation. The award builds on its proven commitment to reducing threats to national infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and providing qualified cybersecurity professionals to the nation.
Students in cybersecurity and related programs are eligible for the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship. Two of her CNIT students were recently awarded scholarships. Each receives full tuition and a $27,000 annual scholarship. You are also guaranteed a paid summer internship with a DOD agency each year until you graduate.
“This scholarship will support UW-Stout by preparing Department of Defense cybersecurity personnel to protect critical infrastructure and networks from cyberattacks,” said Yuan.
“Stout students are the only students to be awarded this most prestigious cyber scholarship in Wisconsin. services, and students’ passion, learning ability and technical skills to protect the nation’s cyberspace,” she added.
One of the winners, Christina Kimball, a senior at Dousman College, has been captain of the University of Stout’s college cyber defense team for the past two years. The team won the University of Wisconsin’s cyber defense competition last February. “We are the only team with a female captain, and we plan to compete again next year,” said Yuan.
Yuan has been awarded millions of dollars in cybersecurity research and outreach grants. With external funding from the Department of Defense, she built her 5G and her Wifi6-connected Internet of Things (IoT) lab at the University of Stout. She engages students and faculty in cutting edge research in 5G, Cloud Her Computing, IoT, Zero Trust and Artificial Intelligence.
Yuan directs UW-Stout’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Outreach, which fosters awareness, research, and outreach to meet the needs of the Wisconsin workforce.
She and her faculty work with industry partners to sponsor students in real-world cybersecurity pinnacle projects, paid internships, and co-ops. The first cohort of the cybersecurity program was launched this fall. This program is offered both on-campus and online.
The university also offers certificates in Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense – Secure Software Development and Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense – Computer Networking. Graduates can pursue full-time jobs in security engineering, security analytics, cloud security engineering, penetration testing, and more.
Written by Abbie Goes
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