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CSUSB Cyberlab multiplies student experiences
March 12, 2022
At a time when the demand is high for expertise in fighting the constantly evolving cybersecurity threats and attacks, the Jack H. Brown College Cyberlab at Cal State San Bernardino provides students with the critical skills and technical experience to jump into professional roles and compete for top-level positions.
Three years ago, the idea for a remotely accessible virtual environment emerged to give students the opportunity to work on projects off campus.Information and decision sciences associate professor Vincent Nestler and assistant professor Jesus Canelon led the initiative, developing infrastructure, securing $7,000 in college support and a $50,000 campus technology grant for significant upgrades, and ultimately tripling the number and quality of student learning experiences. About 95 percent of current students majoring in cybersecurity are expected to participate in Cyberlab.
"It's leveling the playing field and giving equal access at the same time," said Nestler of the program that has the capacity to support hundreds of students in a 24/7 high-tech virtual workspace for hands-on activities, such as building and testing networks, research, forensics and cloud-based training. "It was great foresight that they had to support this effort. COVID made that benefit very clear."
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