Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles about students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology completing internships this summer.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On an average day, Penn State – like many other organizations of similar size – repels millions of cyberattacks from around the world. This summer, three College of Information Sciences and Technology students are on the front lines in helping the University protect its digital infrastructure, data and people through their internships with Penn State’s Office of Information Security (OIS).
OIS was established in 2015 to help keep critical information secure by working to thwart the growing number of cyberthreats facing the University. The following year, the office launched an internship program, which annually attracts more than 120 applicants. Noah Bukowski (senior, security and risk analysis), Anthony Siguenza (senior, security and risk analysis) and Brandon Carpenter (sophomore, cybersecurity analytics and operations) were the three students selected as OIS interns this summer.
“IST students have the exact skills that we are often looking for,” said Richard Sparrow, director of security operations at OIS. “They help us solve problems and contribute to projects either by leveraging their coding skills, performing data analysis, or helping out with daily operations.”