ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZeroChaos, a global provider of workforce management solutions, today announced the opening of the ZeroChaos Cybersecurity Lab in Fall 2017 on the campus of Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. The lab, funded by ZeroChaos, will allow students to simulate cyberattacks in a controlled environment without harming any networks.
The state-of-the-art facility will feature both an air gap and a forensics laboratory for Bethany’s Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity-Information Assurance majors. The institution hopes these majors will become signature programs for the college and enroll a significant student population.
“We are pleased to be a corporate partner with Bethany College, which has a long history of educating future leaders in various disciplines who make an impact on their communities and professions,” says Doug Goin, ZeroChaos chief administrative officer. “We believe combining the technical expertise gained from these programs with the quality liberal arts program at Bethany College will cultivate well-rounded professionals who enter the workforce ready to make a positive impact on companies like ours.”
As a global corporation that offers human resources and procurement counsel to some of the world’s most reputable brands, ZeroChaos understands the importance of sustained growth in the IT field as the industry faces an increasing shortage in skilled talent.
“There is a global talent deficiency when it comes to cybersecurity, in part because students have limited opportunities to learn how to prepare for and respond to these attacks,” Goin said. “Conducting simulated attacks in the lab will help us begin closing the talent gap by providing well-rounded education theory and practical application that equips students in this area.”
The lab will be designed with the assistance of cybersecurity experts who work in both the private sector and some of the nation’s leading cyber research laboratories. Their expertise will help determine the development and implementation of the simulations based on insights derived from similar systems in place at the U.S. Naval Academy.
The addition of the ZeroChaos Cybersecurity Lab plays a significant role in Bethany College’s overarching strategy of enhancing its academic programs as students prepare to compete in an ever-changing global workforce. As part of this approach, the private liberal arts institution which was founded in 1840, will add three new majors for the 2017-2018 academic year: Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity-Information Assurance and International Business.
Students who major in Cybersecurity must take extensive math courses to learn encryption and software applications while those who major in Cybersecurity-Information Assurance will also be required to take business courses. Students in both majors will be encouraged to take psychology and ethics courses so they can better understand the motivations of hackers. Students can also minor in criminal justice so they can gain legal and investigatory system knowledge.
“We must remain vigilant as technology – and its inherent threats – evolve,” says Goin. “ZeroChaos is proud to contribute to a long-term solution that addresses the serious shortage in skilled talent in the IT security space and prepares students to prevent and respond to imminent attacks on our systems.”
ZeroChaos is a global provider of workforce management solutions that help organizations achieve greater management and financial control of their workforce and talent supply chains. ZeroChaos' award-winning solutions, including its vendor-neutral Managed Services Program, enable procurement and human resources to improve visibility into contingent labor spend and talent pools, effectively manage and optimize contingent workforce program performance, and mitigate risks. Headquartered in Orlando, ZeroChaos has global operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information visit www.zerochaos.com, follow on Twitter @ZeroChaos, or connect with ZeroChaos on LinkedIn.