DHS seeks student cyber volunteers

DHS seeks student cyber volunteers

The Department of Homeland Security announced it has begun taking applications for the Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for undergraduate and graduate students. This year, more than 50 students currently pursuing degrees related to cybersecurity will be selected to complete volunteer assignments that support DHS cyber missions in over 40 department field offices across the country.

The program aims to expand the cybersecurity workforce by giving selected students experience in cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response, while they work DHS managers and senior leaders. 

DHS’ Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative was started in April 2013 and expanded in 2015 to include more than 50 students in 30 states.

Students selected will conduct their work at Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Transportation Security Administration and United States Coast Guard as well as various headquarters offices.

Additional information can be found here.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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