OmniSOC

Educating the next generation

Summer internship program

July 2020 saw OmniSOC’s internship program transition to an eight-week virtual seminar series due to COVID-19 restrictions. OmniSOC members University of Nebraska, Rutgers University, and Indiana University partnered with Elastic, which provided both financial support and instructors, to offer an eight-week series of virtual seminars on basic network threat hunting and security.

Thirty-six (60%) of the initial 60 participants completed at least five of the eight sessions and earned certificates, which is above the average of 50–55% for such programs. Brian Mellon, security operations and threat intelligence manager at University of Nebraska, participated in the career experiences section along with members of the IU University Information Policy and Information Security Offices and Hannah Tun, lead security engineer from OmniSOC.

CyberCorps

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In August 2020, NSF awarded Indiana University a $2.25 million grant to establish a scholarship program in the growing and critical field of cybersecurity on the Bloomington campus. Students in the CyberCorps program will gain experience via internships with one of IU’s cybersecurity organizations, including OmniSOC.

Looking ahead