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Wichita State partnership with Cyber Research Group includes jobs for a dozen students

By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

Ennovar Technology Solutions at Wichita State University, a campus-based computer technology services group, has entered into a strategic new partnership with Cyber Research Group (CRG) aimed at increasing the school’s footprint in the fast-growing cybersecurity industry and providing students with applied learning opportunities.

CRG, a veteran-owned cybersecurity firm based in Wichita, provides service and support to government entities and companies and has assisted in recovery efforts after major national security breaches.

Ennovar and CRG will form a new on-campus entity called Cyber Security and Forensics Research Group, which will be located at Ennovar. In addition to offering applied learning opportunities for WSU students, it will also complement new undergraduate and graduate engineering programs. Specifically, it will anchor an engineering technology bachelor’s degree with a concentration in cybersecurity and a graduate certificate program in information assurance and cybersecurity.

Wichita State’s growing involvement in the cybersecurity stems from recommendations in the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, authored by the Greater Wichita Partnership, an economic development coalition of public and private partners.

“There is a growing need for cybersecurity expertise, especially in the Wichita area,” said John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer. “Wichita State’s strategic involvement in educating students and providing industry exposure will have a direct impact on regional economic growth in this sector.”

The partnership is in the early stages with plans to begin hiring around a dozen students in January.

“We believe there is a large amount of opportunity in the cybersecurity industry,” said Matt Forney, executive director of technology for Ennovar. “We want to increase WSU’s expertise and start providing opportunities for students to be involved directly.”

Another goal of the new Cyber Security and Forensics Research Group is to establish a security operations center to coordinate CRG client network security needs. Students working for the new center will be involved in tasks such as log verification, virus scans, server patch updates and other unique needs of CRG clients.

Source: Wichita State News

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