Walsh College has announced the opening of the Walsh Cyber lab, a dedicated space providing students with realistic, hands-on opportunities to experience the physical aspects of the security countermeasures that occur in today’s information technology environment.
Located at the college’s Troy, Michigan campus, the Walsh Cyber Lab is designed to address the growing demand for highly trained cybersecurity professionals. The lab provides a space for research and intellectual support to train students on various leading-edge technologies in the growing discipline of cyber defense.
The lab includes workstations, virtualization screens, and threat maps capable of pinpointing virus and malware infestations around the globe. Additionally, it provides a “cloud” environment that allows for penetration testing and defense deployment from anywhere in the world.
The lab is also stocked with the most up to date modern infrastructure equipment, giving students the tools to learn about the latest technologies being used in business environments, as well as servers that can be used for virtualization.
Walsh College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The designation is effective until the 2021 academic year, and highlights the school’s dedication to providing a high quality undergraduate and graduate experience through their information technology (IT) degree programs.
"Companies, health care facilities, educational institutions, and other major users of information technology are demanding graduates who can provide sophisticated knowledge and the technical ability to defend systems from outside attack," said Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., professor and chair, Decision Sciences, Walsh College. "We believe our Cyber Lab enhances and expands knowledge received in the classroom."
She added, "It gives Walsh students a competitive advantage in the industry with practical, real-world experience that is both valued by students and demanded by employers."