Sandia National Labs NM Partnerships Collaboration Report 2021-2022
Students from across the country benefit from Sandia’s TracerFIRE cyber training TracerFIRE program trains top university talent There isn’t a company or facility across the nation that doesn’t need cybersecurity professionals and systems, and the same is true for the national laboratories. That’s one reason why the TracerFIRE training program takes Sandia experts from Cyber Security Technologies, Cyber Assurance, Cyber Enterprise Security, and Cyber Security Initiatives outside of the laboratory to teach students the basics of computer science and cybersecurity. In 2021 and 2022, Sandia led numerous high-energy, hands-on TracerFIRE events throughout the country with several hosted by SUPN Alliance or National/ Regional Partners. The TracerFIRE team is increasing its START HBCU outreach programs to further develop a diverse STEM-related pipeline, mainly in cybersecurity, to transition undergraduates to masters programs and bring knowledgeable interns/staff to multiple critical areas at Sandia. In 2021, the TracerFIRE team, in collaboration with START HBCU, ran three cybersecurity workshops. In February, the first two-and-a-half-day cybersecurity workshop was held for 40+ students at Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Texas (UT) Dallas, UT Austin, and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). This workshop used TracerFIRE 10 to simulate state government infrastructure. In March, a workshop was held for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), Highpoint University, University of North Carolina (UNC)- Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, and Eastern Carolina students. Over 25 students across all schools participated. In April, NC A&T hosted an event attended by an event attended by students from NC A&T and UTEP.
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