Release Date: Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Charleston, W.Va. – Twenty West Virginia National Guardsmen converged on the University of Charleston’s Kanawha City campus beginning Monday to take part in a five-day Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certificate program.
The United States Department of Defense mandates certifications for all information assurance positions. The purpose of the CEH program is to provide cyber security training and education to West Virginia Guardsmen that is specifically focused on understanding, managing, assessing, analyzing and mitigating the cyber threats, risks and vulnerabilities associated with critical infrastructure.
An ethical hacker is someone that an organization employs to attempt to penetrate their own internal networks and/or computer systems, using the same methods as a hacker, for the purpose of finding vulnerabilities and fixing them.
Plans are already in order to train potentially over 100 more West Virginia Guardsmen in the near future. Students will be predominately from the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., taking classes at UC-Martinsburg. Many of these students will be undergoing degree completion courses at UC in addition to obtaining the advanced cyber security certifications in the partnership.
“The University of Charleston is very proud to partner with the West Virginia National Guard on providing this important continuing education opportunity to its members,” said UC President Ed Welch. “Programs such as this help build on our already strong partnership and add to the National Guard’s reputation of producing highly trained and highly skilled employees for military and civilian careers.”
Last year, UC introduced the Golden Eagle Scholarship, which, along with federal and state aid, allows West Virginia Army Guardsmen to attend the school tuition-free and Air Guard members at a very low cost. The University also offers special scholarships to students interested in its Executive MBA program. Plans are underway to add special National Guard cohorts for UC’s new Bachelor of Organizational Leadership and Master of Strategic Leadership programs.
“The West Virginia National Guard is blessed to have such a strong community partner as we have in the University of Charleston,” said Major Gen. James A. Hoyer, West Virginia Adjutant General. “This is an excellent example of a leading institution in the state doing creative and innovative things to bring opportunities for our Guard members. Protection of the Nation’s cyberspace is crucial for our future security and by working with forward thinking partners like UC on these types of unique initiatives; the West Virginia National Guard is positioning itself to be a leader on this critical mission.”