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Bay Path Students Selected for Prestigious Cybersecurity Mentorship Program

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Five Bay Path students will begin their mentorship program this spring.

Massachusetts has long been a leader in the ever-growing tech industry with a record number of computer/IT/cybersecurity companies establishing headquarters in the Bay State.  However, the need for professionals far outpaces the supply, and each year thousands of positions remain unfilled.

Under the direction of Governor Charlie Baker, the MassCyberCenter was created to address this problem, and to keep the Commonwealth at the front of the curve in the critical Cybersecurity sector.  Last year, the MassCyber Center launched the Cybersecurity Mentorships Program pairing diverse college students with a passion for cybersecurity with mentors in the industry.

This highly competitive program matches a student with a cybersecurity professional in Massachusetts as a cybersecurity guide and mentor. It is an amazing opportunity to start building a student’s network, as well as make connections with cybersecurity professionals to get a foot in the door.  The mentor shares their experience in the industry, as well as the different types of careers in cybersecurity and how to leverage a student’s academic studies into a rewarding career. 

We are honored to announce that of the 25 students selected for the Cybersecurity Mentorships Program 2021, five are from Bay Path—only one other college or university had this many candidates.

Miranda Hill, majoring in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics & Incident Response will be mentored by Maggie MacAlpine from Cybereason; Ashley Franco, majoring in Cybersecurity: Digital Forensics & Incident Response will be mentored by Chris Schwarzer from Athenahealth; Chantel Tetreault, majoring in Cybersecurity:  Digital Forensics, will be paired with Sam Curry from Cybereason;  Jamie Cores, a Cybersecurity Information Assurance major will work with Meghan Martinez from MassMutual; and Le Nguyen Thi, majoring in Legal Studies will work Jim Dineen from the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

Students will meet virtually with their mentor one-to-one throughout the Program and work together on a cybersecurity-related project. For their project, students may build, break, secure, and administer a virtual machine; evaluate a cybersecurity policy or procedure for a business; draft a policy recommendation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; create or evaluate a cyber incident response plan; or develop a cyber education and awareness product. The program will conclude in mid-May 2021 with a showcase event where students present their completed projects.

To read more about the Cybersecurity Mentorships Program, click here.

To read the official press release of the mentees and mentors, click here.

Congratulations Bay Path students!