MORRISONVILLE, N.Y., March 27th, 2017 –Twinstate Technologies, one of several organizations in Academic Alliance with the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics (SBE) new Center for Cybersecurity and Technology (CCT), attended the open house on Friday, March 24th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at AuSable Hall.
The ceremony featured an introduction from college president, Dr. A. John Ettling who spoke highly of the Center and the hopes he has for it.
Cybersecurity is an issue that is growing, and we now have a program to help address the issue, said Ettling in his introduction. This is a great collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Management, Information Systems and Analytics, he added.
The Center or “Hackerspace” as it’s being called, is set to host students who show a keen interest in cybersecurity. This effort will allow students a safe, secure network in which they can operate and practice real cybersecurity scenarios such as ethical hacking and experiment with malware.
“The Center is hosted on an entirely separate network from the college,” said Cristian Balan, CCT Coordinator and MISA Lecturer, CISSP®, CHFI, ACE. “This is truly built by the students, for the students.”
The goal of the Center is to act as a space for soon-to-be cyber professionals to have free reign of their network and work collaboratively to solve projects that go beyond the classroom. Here, they can watch attacks, monitor the computer network, build better defenses, code their own tools, and essentially protect the Center from the Internet.
The great thing about this program is it gives us students the chance to experiment and learn how to deal with real world problems, explained Marisa Atkinson, the Center’s Co-director and MIS and Computer Security Major.
The future for the CCT looks promising. Balan hopes to expand this effort to include a digital forensic lab where students will work with local law enforcement and even include fellow students studying criminal justice and psychology to help solve real cybercrimes.
Other department goals include a Malware Virtual Lab or a “Zoo” where students can analyze the latest malware and publish their findings to the Internet community.
With the world of cybersecurity growing, the development of the CCT is just one major step forward. The emphasis is also to create interest around cybersecurity within the community and also to get prospective students excited about it. Working with local high school and middle schools will allow the CCT students to get future generations excited about entering into cybersecurity.
“We need students to have a quicker impact and hit the ground running when it comes to cybersecurity,” said Twinstate Technologies CEO Devi Momot, CISSP®, GSLC®, GISP®.
About Twinstate Technologies®: Twinstate Technologies® is a family-owned, certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) specializing in Cybersecurity and IT, Unified Communications and Collaboration, and Building and Infrastructure. In business for nearly 50 years, it is as progressive as it is experienced, offering technology solutions from the world’s leading manufacturers and providing best-practice solutions for scaling, securing and connecting businesses and organizations. The company is headquartered in Morrisonville, New York with offices in Latham, New York; Colchester, Vermont; and Concord, New Hampshire, and provides services nationally. twinstate.com / 800.833.8000
Originally published on 03/28/2017