Message From Leadership

Earlier this week, every program held its quarterly Welcome and Orientation day in the fourth week of each quarter. We thank the students who attended and encourage students to participate in future program welcome and orientation days.

STC has emphasized three different learning models – learning by lecture, learning by doing, and learning by practice – to integrate Knowledge (K), Skills (S), and Abilities (A) into our courses. For the skills part, STC has embraced the following academic alliances to help our students learn by doing and naturally prepare for popular industry certificates. 

Faculty Recognition – Interview with Jon Helmus

Jon Helmus is a security engineer, educator, author, and cloud hacker who has been working in engineering, security, and information technology for 10 years. He specializes in Penetration Testing, Threat and Adversarial Assessments, Vulnerability Management, Cloud Technology (AWS), and also has experience as a Technical Educator and University Level Professor. 

Jon is known as “the granola” hacker due to his consistent attitude of “giving back” to those trying to get into pentesting, as well as helping others “bypass the gatekeepers” and get into cybersecurity. He recently, published a new book “AWS Penetration Testing”. Jon teaches the following courses at STC: IS 345ISEC 525ISEC 500 and the AWS Apprenti program.

Radana: Jon, congratulation on your recent publication, and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday ByteLet’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today. 

Jon: Thanks Radana. I first started out as a helpdesk employee for a medium size business in San Diego, CA. While I was there I finished by bachelor’s degree and got a couple certifications. After about 2 .5 years of working there, I was able to transition into cyber security via my network of peers.  

I got my start in academia after being offered a part time job to teach at school where one of my teachers was the Dean. They offered me an adjunct position after graduating from my masters program.  

Radana: What’s one thing you wish you had known when you began your career? 

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STC Job Opportunities

School of Technology and Computing will recruit two student workers for Winter 2021. Please check out the job announcement and submit your application to the following website.

Application Deadline: November 13th, 2020. For more information and to apply click HERE. 


Our cybersecurity industry partner, Trend Micro has invited you to join their annual cybersecurity outreach education summit (free). We encourage you to attend this event and learn more about career opportunities in cybersecurity.

Date: 11/10/2020 (English); 11/11/2020 (Spanish and Portuguese). Please check our Events Calendar for more information

This Week in Tech History

Morris Worm Crawls Through the InternetNovember 2, 1988 

Floppy disk containing the worm Computer History Museum

An internet worm known as the Morris Worm, named after Robert Morris, was released spreading to approximately 6,000 machines, an estimated 10% of the Internet in 1988! Morris was a graduate student at Cornell University and developed the self-replicating worm as part of a research project he designed to find out the size of the Internet. Morris intention was not malicious, he intended to count the number of computers that initiated connections when the worm was first loaded on the computerUnfortunately, he made a programming error, and the worm started to quickly infect machines resulting in clogging the network and crashing computers (DoS attack)The worm caused significant downtime for government organizations and universities for 48 hours. Morris was dismissed from Cornell, arrested and sentenced to probation service for three years; he was also fined $10,000The Morris Worm is the first felony conviction sentenced under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Robert Morris later joined MIT and received tenure in 2006.

Career Tip of the Week

Did you know 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to fill job positions? November STC Thur Byte will feature tips on how to best leverage LinkedIn. 

  •  “Looking for Next Opportunity” is Not a LinkedIn Headline. Are you job-searching and hoping that announcing it will uncover a great job? Think again! 
  • Your LinkedIn Heading is 120 characters, including spaces:
    • Make every character count
    • Use keywords found on your future job description
    • Use commas or vertical slashes to separate
    • Do NOT say “Looking” or “Need a job” – desperate

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STC Student Club Meeting

Student Clubs, the Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club, will meet Thursdays from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M. PST via Teams: STC Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation here. 

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