New CSN Lab to Help Train Future Cybersecurity Professionals

The lab’s opening coincides with of the Year of STEM education in Nevada

Cybersecurity threats can include network attacks, cell phone hacking and identity theft

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 20, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada and the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology held the grand opening and public tours of the new and enhanced CSN cybersecurity training lab this morning on the North Las Vegas Campus.

CSN School of Advanced & Applied Technologies Dean Michael Spangler says new cybersecurity graduates can expect to make $50,000 per year to start

The state-of-the-art lab was designed to provide students with the hands-on training in computer security that employers demand. Renovations and equipment were funded from a Nevada STEM Workforce Challenge grant, which totaled $149,882. New materials include computers, cameras, Wi-Fi equipment and a completed Faraday cage, an enclosed metal cage designed to make sure that wireless signals used for practice hacking in the classroom do not escape into the outside world.

Today’s modern slot machines can also be subject to hacking

“Cybersecurity is becoming more and more vital in today’s world as technological advances continue,” said CSN School of Advanced & Applied Technologies Dean Michael Spangler. “Nevada, in particular, needs more well trained cybersecurity professionals. With this new lab and the expansion of our cybersecurity program, CSN is poised to train the workers who will fill that gap.”

Cybersecurity professionals gather in CSN’s Faraday cage, one of the largest such protective systems in the western United States

The opening of CSN’s lab coincides with Governor Brian Sandoval’s proclamation declaring the 2016-2017 school year the Year of STEM education in Nevada. December is dedicated to highlighting dynamic careers in coding, computer science & cybersecurity.

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