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INI Cybersecurity Scholarship Program Featured in Today Magazine

January 12, 2015

Brandon Wolfe intently writes computer code at the Software Engineering Institute--he's a Carnegie Mellon student, so that should be no surprise, right? More surprising: His code is helping to build internal network defense to secure government data. Meanwhile, across the country, Bujar Tagani works with a team at the Jet Propulsion Lab, writing encryption software to protect sensitive data in NASA's ground systems. Both students are fighting the ongoing battle against hackers, who might want to steal Social Security numbers, or take control of the Mars Rover using NASA software, or even tamper with larger infrastructure such as power grids or water supplies. Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute (INI), knows that these kinds of nefarious plots can "bring a nation to its knees"--which is exactly why students like Wolfe and Tagani are working around the world to keep American citizens safe. Full Article

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