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each, grouped into clusters,
allowing students to work
collaboratively. And the
computer servers Cybersecurity
students work with are exclusive to
the lab, so nothing they do will affect
the college's network.
"What the facilities and IT staff have done in
creating this new space has been absolutely
remarkable," said Sweeney. "It is an independent
environment that allows students to do things
they obviously cannot do on our regular network."
Fried, a first-year associate professor hired as
part of the Cybersecurity Program's expansion,
couldn't agree more. "Although simulation
cybersecurity
software can be
adequate,"
he said, "there is
nothing better than
being able to get your
hands on physical equipment
and configuring it.
"We have even been able to hire students to help
set up and maintain the lab equipment which
has been an incredible learning experience."
--
Jennifer Myers
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United States. Th
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cent thr
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average o
utlook."
Donald Brady
Assistant Dean of STEM
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