Partnering with SANS to offer cybersecurity certifications and hands-on internships at DRI.

DRI CybersecuritySans Institute Cybersecurity

In fall 2018, 16 interns were selected to participate.

They are gaining hands-on experience building cyber protection systems to NIST standards, treating malware infections, and defending against real-time denial of service attacks.


What is this program?

In this pioneering new program, Northern Nevada residents earned scholarships to participate in the SANS CyberStart Essentials course, the CyberStart Essentials certification exam, and then participate in a 120-hour, hands-on cybersecurity internship at DRI.

SANS is a world-renowned research and education organization with information security graduate degrees and certificates recognized industry-wide. CyberStart Essentials covers computer hardware, encryption, Linux, and more. Students who complete the course will have the opportunity to take the certifying exam. 

The DRI Cybersecurity internship provides hands-on experience to students in building cyber infrastructure using best practices from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The internship prepares students to install, configure, and harden operating systems; validate operating systems against NIST standards; and cover penetration and testing. Students will learn about treating malware infections, defending against real-time denial of service attacks, and providing security awareness training to end-users. Students train in DRI’s new cyber range to practice state-of-the-art hacking tools in our advanced facilities. Students can earn TMCC or WNC credit for this 120-hour, semester-long experience (the student is responsible for the cost of credits at their respective institutions).