Archive for October 2023

Internships, Careers with the FBI Cybersecurity Awareness Month Session

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On Friday October 20, 2023, as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) CSUCI had 4 members of L.A.’s F.B.I. Division on campus for a session about "Internships, Careers with the FBI". This session/webinar provided valuable insights into opportunities for individuals interested in working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The session covered the following key points:

1. Introduction to the FBI

An overview of the FBI's mission, which is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international partners.

2. Internship Programs

  • The FBI offers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Interns can gain experience in areas such as cybersecurity, intelligence analysis, criminal investigation, and more.
  • These internships provide a valuable opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals and contribute to the FBI's mission.

3. Entry-Level Careers

  • The FBI recruits individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills, including law enforcement, intelligence analysis, linguistics, computer science, and more.
  • Special Agent positions were discussed, which require a rigorous application process, including background checks, physical fitness tests, and interviews.
  • The webinar highlighted the need for candidates to meet certain requirements, such as U.S. citizenship and a minimum age of 23.

4. Career Development

  • Participants were informed about the various career paths within the FBI, including leadership roles and specialized positions in fields like cybercrime, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence.
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities were emphasized, showcasing the FBI's commitment to continuous growth and learning.

5. Application Process

  • Detailed information on the application process for internships and careers was provided, including how to submit applications through the FBI's official website.
  • The importance of thorough and accurate applications, as well as the significance of integrity in the selection process were highlighted.

6. Q&A Session

The session concluded with a question-and-answer session, where attendees could ask specific questions about the FBI's recruitment process, work culture, and opportunities.

In summary, the "Internships, Careers with the FBI" session served as a comprehensive introduction to the FBI's various programs and career paths. It aimed to educate and inform potential candidates about the opportunities available within the organization and the steps needed to pursue a career with the FBI.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Webinars

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), and we have several webinars for this month all about cybersecurity. Join us on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom.

We are lucky to be joined by CompTIA's Chief Technology Evangelist, Dr. James Stanger, who will present on "The Cybersecurity Professional Diaries: A Day in the Life". This webinar discusses the myriad of job roles in the world of cybersecurity. We will discuss various roles from SOC analyst, to pen tester, GRC/compliance specialist, auditor, and more. Please use your .edu email address to register for the event

We will also have a panel of several CSU CISOs: Carlos Miranda (CSUCI), Cuc Du (CSULB), and Chris Witthans (CSU Chico). We will give a lucky participant a CompTIA Sec+ Voucher and Educational training bundle (worth $1,000), so please be sure to use your .edu email address to register for the event.

For a complete list of Cybersecurity webinars hosted by CSU campuses, please visit CSU Cybersecurity Awareness 2023 Webinars.

CompTIA: "The Cybersecurity Professional Diaries: A Day in the Life" event link:

CSU Cybersecurity Awareness 2023 Webinars link:

Center for Cyber Safety & Education Certification Scholarship Opportunity

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CSUCI ITS would like to bring attention to a great opportunity for a free exam voucher for an ISC2 exam of your choice (CISSP, CSSLP, CCSP, SSCP, CGRC, ISSAP, ISSEP, ISSMP).


  • You do not need to be a United States citizen or reside in the United States. The scholarship is open to applicants globally. 
  • Applicants must belong to a historically underrepresented minority in STEM – including but not limited to women, Black, Native American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Hispanic, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and persons with disabilities. 
  • Must plan to sit for the exam within one year of receipt of the award. 
  • Current ISC2 members and non-members are eligible to apply. 


  • One Letter of Recommendation outlining the following:
    • How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity? 
    • What skills or abilities does the applicant have that will support them in achieving certification? 
    • What other information about the applicant should be taken into consideration? 
  • Resume/CV – No more than 4 pages maximum
  • Answers to the following essay questions in 500 words or less
    • What experience/s do you have that’s relevant to the cybersecurity field? What sets you apart from other applicants?
    • Describe why you need the scholarship in order to achieve an ISC2 certification. 
    • Describe your personal and educational backgrounds. 
    • What makes you a candidate for success in information security and what are your goals for your professional career? How will the certification be a benefit to you? 
    • Describe any contributions to the cybersecurity field i.e., volunteer work, articles, etc., and any other hobbies or extracurricular activities and what they mean to you.  
    • Please tell us anything else you would like us to know about you in consideration of your application. 


Applicants will be scored by members of the ISC2 and will be based on the following categories:

    • Passion 25%
    • Merit 25%
    • Financial Need 50%
Please refer to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education Certification Scholarship page for further information and to apply.