What are the ethics of cybersecurity?

Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has done excellent work in explaining ethical frameworks and applying those frameworks to cybersecurity. We suggest that you start with a grounding in ethics itself. The Markkula Center’s Framework for Ethical Decision Making explains what ethics is, what it is not, and provides several methods one could … Continue Reading »

What is cybersecurity?

Everyone now has a stake in the healthy functioning of communications and control networks, in the devices and services dependent on these networks, and by implication, in all the complicated infrastructure required to keep networks, devices, and services operating. There is no simple answer to the question of what cybersecurity is. This is because both … Continue Reading »

What scholarships are available?

There are many scholarships in the cybersecurity field. Here are some starting points: The Computing Research Association provides Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (ISC)2 Women’s Scholarship  (ISC)2 Undergraduate Scholarship (ISC)2 Graduate Scholarship ESET Women in Cyber Technology Scholarship Department of Defense SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program For I School students, the Curtis Smith Scholarship

How can I find externships and internships?

In addition to the standard tools provided by your career services department, we recommend a direct-approach strategy. That is, if you find a cybersecurity company that deeply interests you, directly approach them and ask about opportunities. Many startups and smaller companies are too busy to run formal externship programs. They’ll be delighted to hear from … Continue Reading »

What campus groups are involved in cybersecurity?

Because security touches so many disciplines, you’ll find student and faculty groups in a range of departments active on cybersecurity. The best place to start is the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). Established in 2015, CLTC is a research and collaboration hub in the School of Information. CLTC funds research, hosts speakers and conferences, and … Continue Reading »

Are there non-Berkeley skills tools available to me?

There are many options available for technical training. Here are a few suggestions. Jetbrains offers free access to its coding and other teaching modules to those who have a university email account. The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to U.S. government employees, Federal contractors, and veterans. There are free courses … Continue Reading »

I want to develop a few/improve my technical skills. What should I focus on?

Work in privacy and cybersecurity can result in many different responsibilities–from leadership to compliance, to a focus on particular hardware or software. One cannot predict these responsibilities and so we recommend that you focus on basic skills that have utility in almost any environment. It’s important to know that colleges and universities don’t typically teach … Continue Reading »

What podcasts focus on cybersecurity?

Many podcasts cover cybersecurity. Some of our favorites are Darknet Diaries, Steptoe’s Cyberlaw podcast, Cyber from the Start by CSIS:, CSIS Cybersecurity and Technology, Beers with Talos, Rational Security, Privacy, Security & OSINT Show, and Berkeley Technology Law Journal (student podcast).