IBM, RIT Team on Cyber-Security Training
IBM extended its ongoing relationship with the Rochester Institute of Technology by partnering on a program to advance cyber-security education.IBM and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) recently announced a partnership to improve computer security education by providing software that simulates the experience of battling real-world cyber-security threats. The collaboration will enhance an existing laboratory at RIT to enable students studying computing security to use IBM software for security intelligence and advanced threat protection. The lab will underscore an on-going collaboration between IBM and RIT. The software will be used in coursework. And IBM will host seminars at RIT where students and faculty will help to shape IBM's security products with feedback. "The shortage of skilled cyber-security professionals is one of the biggest issues facing the security industry today, and it’s only expected to grow," said Bob Kalka, vice president of IBM's Security Business Unit and RIT computer science alumnus, in a statement. "By equipping students with the tools and insight needed to defend against the next generation of security threats, we’ll be better preparing these students for careers in the world of cyber-security. With this collaboration, we also hope to create co-op experiences for RIT students and to identify future employees interested in protecting IBM's customers from cyber threats." As the computing security industry evolves and faces increasingly sophisticated attacks, companies are struggling to find enough professionals qualified to address the new threat landscape. According to a 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost and Sullivan, analysts predict a shortfall of 1.5 million trained cyber-security professionals in the workforce by 2020.
IBM said under the new relationship with RIT, students gain access to IBM's security solutions, such as its QRadar Security Intelligence platform, including a unified architecture for integrating security information and event management, flow analytics, log management, incident forensics and vulnerability management. Students will also have access to IBM tools for web access security, network security and application vulnerability testing.