A Passion for Fighting Cyber Crime

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Since 9/11, Elaine Tatis, a senior Dyson criminal justice major and information assurance minor, has been passionate about pursuing a career in fighting cyber crime.

As the recipient of a scholarship from the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) for the 2008-09 academic year, she is already getting hands-on training in this field.

The scholarship allows her to intern with the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., during breaks in the academic year, includes full tuition, books and a stipend, and guarantees full-time employment upon graduation. She plans to start a master’s program focusing on information assurance next fall, and hopes to continue the scholarship for her graduate level work.

“Even if I stop working for the government down the road, I know my education in Criminal Justice and Information Assurance will help in other fields; protecting and securing information is extremely important in all fields. But, at the moment, my focus in life is to protect and secure the government’s information systems and the nation’s infrastructure from cyber-terrorists,” Tatis explained. “I’ve always wanted to do something where I’d know they needed me.”

As part of her training, Tatis attended a conference on current events in the information assurance field this spring. She previously held two internships with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, one of which was in the High Technology Crime Bureau.

Andrew Harris, a Seidenberg senior, also received a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship for the current academic year.

Pace University students choosing information assurance (IA) as a minor or concentration are eligible for these comprehensive scholarships as a result of the school’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. Those interested in applying for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program may visit www.seidenberg.pace.edu/ia or contact Andreea Cotoranu at acotoranu@pace.edu.