Registration open for 2013 Cyber Analyst Training Programs at Auburn

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, ARTF, is partnering with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development, ATIC, to offer a Cyber Analyst Training Program in 2013.

The eight-week program combines training in critical thinking, briefing and writing skills with National Security Agency-approved Information Assurance courses.

“The Cyber Analyst Program at Auburn provides the training needed to address the cyber-based threats and attacks that have increasingly affected government, private industry and the citizens of our state,” said Mike Hubbard, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. “The Auburn Research and Technology Initiative is proving to be a statewide leader in the technology field and is forging an important role in preparing Alabamians for the jobs and industries of the future.”

Scheduled to begin Feb. 4, 2013, the Cyber Analyst Training Program will be offered in the Cyber Training Center at the Auburn University Regional Airport and is available to interested individuals throughout the region.

“This critical cyber training will help students provide much-needed service and knowledge to the intelligence industry and will enhance Alabama’s ability to lure technology-based companies to the state by contributing to Alabama’s knowledge-based economy,” said Alabama State Sen. Tom Whatley.

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year, U.S. intelligence officials talked about cyber threats as part of a wide-ranging discussion of national security issues. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper noted that the theft of U.S. intellectual property through hacking and computer espionage is “the greatest pillaging of wealth in history.” Also testifying, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III estimated that within a few years cyberspace threats would “equal or surpass” that from terrorism.

As organizations increasingly focus on protecting critical infrastructure and meeting regulatory requirements, they create a heightened need for qualified information security professionals.

“As a member of the faculty, I am excited that we will have the opportunity to offer the course at the Auburn University Regional Airport,” said Robert Norton, professor and faculty liaison to the Auburn University Cyber Initiative. “The newly finished Cyber Training Center, part of the Auburn University Cyber Initiative headquartered at the airport, is equipped with state-of-the-art instructional technology designed to mimic real-world settings, and at the same time, enable faculty to use cutting edge, innovative teaching methods including advanced simulation.”

Through ATIC’s agreements with government customers, successful students enrolled in the program will be sponsored for a U.S. security clearance. As a result, students not only receive relevant education and training, but those students who are granted a clearance by the government are more marketable and better prepared to quickly enter the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense-related workforce.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with ATIC as well as with faculty from the Auburn University Cyber Initiative to offer critical and timely training designed to prepare students for careers in cyber security analytics,” said John Weete, executive director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation.

“ATIC’s mission is to train the intelligence workforce of the future, and the partnership with the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation  provides an opportunity to deliver essential skills to a growing cyber workforce,” said ATIC’s Senior Vice President and Director of Education and Training Chris Quillen.

“The knowledge gained from a course like the Cyber Analyst Program can serve to strengthen our nation’s overall security posture.  CAP provides a comprehensive methodology of communicating the core concepts of cybersecurity,” said Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, USA (Ret), former director, Defense Intelligence Agency.

Established in 2004, the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation is a university-affiliated, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation formed to support the mission of Auburn University, particularly in the areas of research and economic development.

Located in Beavercreek, Ohio, the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established in 2006 to help fill critical human capital and technological shortfalls within the U.S. Intelligence Community and related industries.

For additional information including information related to the application and registration process, go to www.atichcd.org or www.auburnrtf.com/cyber. Interested students can contact Chris Martin, director of training, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center at (937) 4299-7805 or (cmartin@atichcd.org). Prior experience in cyber systems is not required.

Contact: John Weete, Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, (334) 844-7480 (weetejd@auburn.edu)
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)