IBM helps RIT to enhance cybersecurity lab for students

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has selected IBM to provide software to students that simulates the real-world experience to deal with today’s cybersecurity threats.

The students studying computing security at existing laboratory at RIT will use IBM software for security intelligence and advanced threat protection.

The company said it will host seminars at RIT while students and faculty will provide feedback about IBM security products.

With this collaboration, RIT can access IBM’s security solutions such as its QRadar Security Intelligence platform, including an unified architecture for integrating security information and event management, flow analytics, log management, incident forensics and vulnerability management.

In addition, students will access IBM tools for web access security, network security and application vulnerability testing.

According to RIT, students will experience real-time security solutions at the lab while using security analytics software in a variety courses, including network security and forensics, penetration testing and systems security.


Also, IBM X-Force Exchange will help students to learn about the real-life threat data coming from IBM and other companies across the globe.

The RIT students will explore variety of issues related to the collection and analysis of security-related events and learn to identify, communicate and react to real security incidents.

Frost and Sullivan in a study, 2015 Global Information Security Workforce Study, predicted a shortfall of 1.5 million trained cybersecurity professionals in the workforce by 2020.

“By equipping students with the tools and insight needed to defend against the next generation of security threats, we’ll be better preparing these students for careers in the world of cybersecurity,” said Bob Kalka, vice president of IBM’s Security Business Unit and RIT computer science alumnus.

Last month, Tata Sky selected IBM to launch new mobile solutions and improve customer service for its 14 million subscribers.

Shilpa Khatri

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