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Tuesday, August 13 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Get a job - what do graduates need to know and do to get hired?

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Educating and graduating students that meet the needs of employers is hard. In the cybersecurity field, this challenge is compounded by the emerging and dynamic nature of the field, different needs in different industry segments, and the breadth and depth of skills relevant to cybersecurity. This panel brings together practicing cybersecurity experts from industry and government to discuss specific knowledge and skills they are looking for in graduates today, and how they see these needs changing over time. How important are hard skills like programming and penetration testing? How do CTFs translate to job skills? Do students need hardware and operating systems courses? If so, why? What soft skills are most important? What's missing and how might students and educators fill these gaps in the short and long term? Curriculum designers, faculty, and students will benefit from hearing the needs, opinions, and forecasts of this diverse panel.

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Jim Jones

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Jim Jones is an Associate Professor of Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at George Mason University. Jim earned his B.S. degree from Georgia Tech (Industrial and Systems Engineering, 1989), M.S. degree from Clemson University... Read More →

William Tippie

Senior Consultant, Incident Response, Mandiant
Started in 2013 with Mandiant as an intern in Software Engineering; moved to Incident Response in 20152014 Graduate of GMU, BS in Computer Science. Prior to that, BS in Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech, 2009.
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Christian Adounvo

Information Security Lead - Red Team, Symantec
Christian Adounvo leads Symantec’s Offensive Security Red Team. In this capacity, he develops and oversees engagements to strengthen Symantec’s security posture by emulating real-world adversary tactics. Prior to joining Symantec, he’s worked on Red Teams at Capital One and... Read More →
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Andrew Valliere

Security Researcher, Digital Operatives

Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT