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October 19, 2021

University of New Haven to host cybersecurity and tech expo sponsored by Google

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The University of New Haven and its Connecticut Institute of Technology are hosting the second Connecticut Regional Cybersecurity and Tech Virtual Expo, an event co-sponsored by IT giant Google.

The other co-sponsor is the Connecticut Career Consortium, a group of college and university career centers in the state that advocates for the workforce development needs of Connecticut’s college students.

According to a press release from the university, the expo will include private sector entities as well as government agencies, including Lockheed Martin, Yale New Haven Health, Electric Boat, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Security Agency. A total of over 40 employers are expected to participate.

According to the university, students and alumni from 17 schools across the Northeast will participate, connecting with leading employers in the cybersecurity and technology fields.

Those organizations will meet with students virtually via chat or video, where they will have the opportunity to share information about their organization and discuss open jobs.

Employers must register by Oct. 20. They can meet students for pre-scheduled meetings or using the virtual drop-in booth, according to the university.

Ibrahim Baggili, Ph.D., Elder Family Chair and founding director of the university’s Institute of Technology, said in a statement that getting a good education is about getting a good job.

“The Connecticut Institute of Technology is leading the way in the state of Connecticut and beyond in creating opportunities for cybersecurity and technology students to meet with some of the best employers in the country,” he said. “We want to transform the state into a technology hub for hiring talent, and that is why we are glad the career fair is open to 17 universities.”

In a statement, Matt Caporale, executive director of the university’s Career Development Center, said cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand careers, with more than 1 million open positions in that field currently.

“As we see regularly in the news, cyberattacks on businesses, education, and governments have dramatic and wide-ranging impacts on personal privacy, global finances, and trust in our institutions,” Caporale said. “The talent need in this area is immense, and the University of New Haven and the state of Connecticut are stepping up to provide the industry with the talent needed to secure our global networks. As evidenced by Google sponsoring this career fair, Connecticut is positioned to become a leader in producing technology and cybersecurity talent."

The Connecticut Regional Cybersecurity and Tech Virtual Expo will take place on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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