Facebook Partners with CCNY for Web Security Course
Facebook is partnering with The City College of New York to launch a web security hybrid course—the first of its kind on campus. The company is donating $25,000 toward scholarships and educational expenses. Spearheaded on the CCNY campus by computer science major Chantelle Levy, Facebook chose her to be CCNY’s Facebook Ambassador.
“It’s truly a pleasure to be chosen as a Security Ambassador Intern for Facebook; my interest in security stemmed from no other than the TV Show ‘Mr. Robot’,” said Levy, a senior. “Since then, I’ve been involved in anything security-related, including the web security course offered at CCNY, the BlackHat Conference and DEFCON in Vegas and a security internship with Facebook in Silicon Valley.”
Levy and other students initiated the partnership in Spring 2017 under CodePath University for those students interested in learning about cybersecurity. At that time the course offered no credits. However, Rosario Gennaro, a professor of computer science at the Grove School of Engineering and director of the Center for Algorithms and interactive Scientific Software, became involved with the student group and helped transition the course into a three-credit class.
More than 150 students and faculty attended the Cybersecurity with Facebook event on campus this month to educate students about the different perspectives of working at Facebook Cybersecurity.
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