Industry Outreach

Engage with the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development (ICWD) at KSU!

The KSU faculty are always interested in working with companies and other organizations in the cybersecurity, information systems, and/or information security area. Following is a short synopsis of some of the options we have available as we look for ways to collaborate with you.

Lunch and Learn

Come to campus for a lunchtime talk with cybersecurity, general information system, business skills, or general topic. You would present the same talk two times with a meal break in between. This could be on a Monday through Thursday of your choice subject to scheduling availability. It is customary for the sponsoring company to buy lunch for the students.

Scholarship Giving

KSU is interested in scholarship options for cybersecurity and other students to improve the recruitment and retention of students. Scholarship donations could start at as little as $1000. All monies go to students.

Departmental Fellowships

Several KSU Departments have student fellowship programs that will offer a select number of upper-division students an opportunity to develop specialized skills. These fellowships could take the form of a departmental fellowship or one that includes direct engagement with your organization. A fellowship donation of $1000 would result in the fellowship including the name of your organization and would allow your organization to identify the semester-long, student project in concert with the faculty member. Fellowships develop improved connections with the most talented students. The full donation goes to the student working on the project.

Departmental Advisory Board

The Institute as well as each KSU Department rely on a Board of Advisors for ongoing dialogs about curriculum and program activities. These may require a small financial commitment and attending one meeting a semester.

Classroom Sponsored Projects

Organizations are welcome to identify a semester-long project in which a classroom full of students works. Ideally, this project aligns with a course in our curriculum and someone within your organization works with the faculty member teaching that course. This could take the form of a member of your organization serving as the live client, and winning teams get to be invited to your headquarters with some sort of prize being awarded. This type of engagement can help brand your company in association with the course in which the project occurs.

Student Organizations

KSU sponsors many registered student organizations available to students. Among them is the Association for Information Systems promotes the study of information systems through professional development programs, social networking, and community development. The Offensive Security Research Club aims to research and investigate current Offensive Security methods to gain a better understanding of the challenges they will face in an enterprise environment. The Women in Technology organization supports and gives direction to both men and women aiming to work in technology, science, and mathematics. All of these organizations welcome guest speakers, mentoring, and other networking opportunities.

Sponsoring Events

The ICWD is working to identify events with the best opportunities for developing our reputation and/or providing key opportunities for our students. For example:

Regional Conference for Information Security Curriculum Development. There is a practice track for practitioners to share the latest in information security technology as well as opportunities to provide financial support for the conference. The Conference also hosts an annual Industry Day for practitioners to address topics of common interest to students and academics.

Southeast Regional Collegiate CyberDefense Competition. Student teams from across the region engage in a virtual qualifier and the best of them spend days at KSU engaged in a defensive competition to demonstrate their abilities to harden, manage and defend a working business-class network of systems and networking technology. Sponsors can choose from options that include providing human resources for judging and conducting the competition, staffing the penetration test teams as well as providing much-needed financial support. The most supportive of these sponsors can interact with the student teams at a reception to recruit from among this highly motivated group of students.

Research and Contracting Engagements

By leveraging the KSU Research Foundation, the ICWD, the BrainLab, and other campus resources, you may be able to engage KSU faculty and students in collaborative activities such as research projects or targeted consulting engagements ranging from targeted application development to security program development to security product market development to investigations of brain-computer interfaces.

Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Cybersecurity

Several KSU-sponsored MOOCs are up and running and we would be very interested in discovering whether it might be helpful for in-house training and/or continuing education. In its current version, any student completing the MOOC and taking a test could get undergraduate course credits in several degree programs. We are working on evolving this toward graduate certificates as well.

There are also more traditional ways to interact, for instance:

Lectures and Workshops

We invite speakers at the beginning of each term (usually in August and January) to speak to classes in the Spring (Jan-Apr) and Fall (Aug-Dec) terms. If you would like to be included in the invitation process, please send an email to hmattord@kennesaw.edu and ask to be added to the KSU Cybersecurity and Information Systems Speakers list. Direct marketing content is not appropriate but talks about key technologies featuring specific products and services are very suitable.

Career Planning & Development - Experiential Learning and Recruitment

The graduates of our programs are sought out by local, regional, and national employers. The KSU Career Planning & Development staff can work with you and/or your HR staff to engage students in experiential learning options (cooperative studies and internships) as well as make your long-term openings visible to current students and program graduates. Each semester multiple on-campus events are available to allow you to make your opportunities known to our students and graduates. Please contact (470) 578-6555 to explore internship or full-time opportunities.

All-Access

The All-Access Series at the Coles College of Business is designed to give area companies a platform for introducing and raising awareness of their business to a group of high-interest students. Students register to attend the events and will be looking to improve their understanding of the business and how they might become part of the company team through internship and employment opportunities. The overall presentation will last 30-40 minutes.

Please feel free to contact us at your convenience to discuss how your organization might like to engage with KSU moving forward. The best contact for any of the above activities is Dr. Herb Mattord, Director of Outreach (hmattord@kennesaw.edu).

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