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Future workforce leaders develop models for cyber security at Telos

The word was on the tip of his tongue. The student giving the presentation at Exploration Hall in Ashburn Aug. 27 had been going full speed and hit a wall and was now stumbling.

That's when one of the judges interrupted. “When I was your age, I was scooping ice cream. You're doing just fine.”

A smile. The student relaxed and continued presenting his team's project, the culmination of a 24-step curriculum summer internship program in entrepreneurship sponsored by the cyber security company Telos Corp. in Ashburn.

High school and college students worked with technologies geared toward security developed by scientists and engineers around the world.

Each team was given a technology from one of the national labs and were tasked with developing a model for bringing them to market.

The program is also designed with workforce development in mind, hoping to keep students interested in the STEM field after college.

It's as much about Telos' future workforce as the national market's, said Telos spokesperson Renate Neely.

“It's all about developing the workforce of the future whether in general for the area and for the discipline but also for Telos specifically,” she said.

Here's a rundown of the students that presented and their projects:

-Sasha Chowdhury, Daanish Ahmed, Robert Fairfax, Josef Zimmerman and Tayllor Henderson presented a cyber security suite geared toward the banking industry.

-Alex Chang, Jaqueline Dorman and Daanish Ahmed came to the stage with an identify management plan for addressing insider threats, also targeting big banking.

-Madeline Feigles, Raj Shrimali and Arslan Aziz targeted the pharmaceutical industry with a tamper detection technology.

-Erin Donovan, Andrew Matson and Taylor Henderson were the competition winners with their project focusing on the “Internet of Things” security.

-Eric Velosky, Savannah Fox and Anchit Kolla explored technology targeting law firms, allowing Internet use without detection.


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