FIREStarter: LSU Partners with Louisiana State Police, Industry to Train Hundreds of New Cybersecurity Professionals, Deploy Cyber Range with State Support
New initiative stacks cybersecurity expertise and assets to help secure Louisiana and bridge a critical 500,000 U.S. workforce gap.
LSU Computer Science Ph.D. student Modhuparna Manna earned a competitive scholarship to attend the Black Hat annual cybersecurity conference—the premier such conference in the world—in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. She was there as part of an LSU-industry partnership team to present recent memory forensics work she and other students in the LSU Applied Cybersecurity Lab have been helping to develop to protect people and organizations from malware.
Although the average salary among cybersecurity professionals is over $90K and an additional 500,000 workers with the right training could get a job in the U.S. right now if they wanted to, few students realize these jobs exist and that they don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes or some “basement weirdo” to succeed. Through its Applied Cybersecurity Lab and Scholarships for Service (SFS) program, LSU is connecting a diverse set of students with hands-on research projects in partnership with industry, as well as guaranteed jobs after graduation.
Big Bytes: LSU Program to Help Teach Computer Science and Computational Thinking Skills in Louisiana High Schools and Lower Grades Quickly Expands Across State
BRBytes, leveraged by the LSU STEM Pathways program, has gone from a handful of schools to 30 schools in 14 parishes in two years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past few years, sharing economy services such as Uber, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit have brought significant economic growth, especially in communities at the lower end of the economic ladder. However, recent research has exposed serious discrimination problems on these platforms.
LSU Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Mingxuan Sun recently received the NSF CAREER Award for a project she is working on called “Privacy-aware Predictive Modeling of Dynamic Human Events,” which is supported by the NSF Information & Intelligent Systems Division.
LSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Lu Peng and LSU Computer Science and Engineering Associate Professor Jian Zhang recently received the Best Paper Award at the 10th International Green and Sustainable Computing Conference for their paper, “Hardware Accelerator for Adversarial Attacks on Deep Learning Neural Networks.”
LSU student Joshua Duke is one of 30 college students interning on-site at the National Security Agency, or NSA, this summer.