Laurel, Maryland (PRWEB) May 18, 2016
The International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Maryland’s Capitol Technology University. The partnership will advance the operational imperatives needed to develop cybersecurity practitioners to address the industry skills shortage.
The ICMCP and Capitol Technology University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to design and build a security operations center (SOC) at the University.
“Capitol Technology University fills a unique niche through a program that integrates scientific theory with hands-on experience. Our curricula are designed so students gain practical knowledge, ensuring they are immediately prepared for their professional careers,” said Professor Bill Butler, Chair, Cyber and Information Security Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center at Capitol Technology University. “As a critical part of organizations’ infrastructures where information systems are monitored, analyzed and protected, giving students practical hands-on experience in a SOC will allow them to apply their academic knowledge and develop the necessary skills to help fill the shortage of cybersecurity professionals.”
A non-profit, the ICMCP is working to bridge the gap in the cybersecurity sector by providing scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting underrepresented groups including women, minorities, and veterans.
“I am delighted to embark on this strategic partnership with Capitol Technology University,” said Alejandro Buschel, the ICMCP’s Academic Partnerships Chairperson. “Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, Capitol Technology University’s commitment to providing its student real-world knowledge is laudable. Experiencing first hand the activities that take place in a SOC will provide the students the requisite technology and communications skills to help bridge the gap in cybersecurity. “
The ICMCP, launched in 2014, is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ICMCP is working to bridge the minority gap in the cybersecurity sector by providing scholarship opportunities, technical training programs, innovative outreach, mentoring and networking programs targeting women and minority cybersecurity professionals worldwide and by promoting academic and technical excellence in the industry.