Success Stories

Foothill-DeAnza Community College / Practicum in Enterprise Security

Through a National Science Foundation grant, we worked with faculty members from Foothill-DeAnza Community Colleges in California to develop a blended (online/in-person) curriculum to prepare community college students for entry-level network security jobs. To prepare participants with the skills necessary to secure and succeed in entry-level enterprise and network technology positions, we put them in the role of IT staff at C-Bay, a fictional online real estate auction firm. Working in collaborative teams, students refined and implemented a new security policy for the C-Bay's expanding network. Working on a security policy in a realistic business setting, participants addressed the many risks and trade-offs associated with securing an enterprise without interfering with its operations.