Cyber Jobs Week

The inaugural Cyber Jobs Week supported job and internship placement for students in the School of Business digital forensics program and other cyber security students across UAlbany. 

“There is a significant shortage of cyber security professionals nationwide and it is hard for companies to fill their positions. This makes the Cyber Jobs Week very attractive to the firms where they can find a large concentration of cyber security students rather than scanning for them at a general job fair,” according to Information Security and Digital Forensics Chair Sanjay Goel.

The first day of the March event involved companies pitching to the students and tabling to answer questions. Participating companies included KPMG, New York State Information Technology Services, General Electric, Greycastle Security, XchangeWorx, Rational Enterprise, Yahoo and EY. The companies were thrilled with the quality of the students from the program and vowed to return for the fall event.

In preparation for the opportunity this spring, students participated in resume critiques and mock interviews through a program run by School of Business Director of Career Services Deirdre Sweeney. “The event inspired the students to work hard and prepare themselves for internships and placements,” said Goel.

The more than 70 students in attendance ranged from sophomores and juniors in search of internships to seniors and MBA students looking for full-time jobs. “The concept behind Cyber Jobs Week is pretty awesome. Every academic program should have an event similar to this,” said Tyler Blanco, a digital forensics major, “Even though as a sophomore I feel like I didn’t stand out much compared to MBA students, it was still cool to hear from representatives of various companies and their stances on network security.”

The event was supported by three School of Business student associations, the Digital Forensics Association, ISACA, and the Cyber Defense Organization. "Cyber Jobs Week was an amazing opportunity for the participating clubs as they got to network with potential speakers and recruit new members," said Elisabeth Dubois, president of ISACA UAlbany Chapter.