Trio of ISI Students Receive Grants to Pursue Certifications in Cybersecurity

ISI students
Kyle Bolander       Austin Moody       Timothy Molnar

Three Ferris State University Information Security and Intelligence program upperclassmen have received scholarships to pursue certifications to become distinguished as highly proficient cybersecurity students.

Junior Kyle Bolander, from Sanford, and seniors Timothy Molnar, from Royal Oak, and Austin Moody, from Sebewaing, were accepted into the Applied CyberSecurity training program offered by the SANS Technology Institute, which begins in December.

“SANS is a respected program in the cyber-certification industry, and the Global Information Assurance Certifications that correspond with each course will validate my skill set,” Bolander said. “There will be four online courses to complete in 18 months, which will keep me busy as I pursue my Bachelor of Science in ISI at Ferris.”

“I am looking forward to representing Ferris and am honored to be offered this experience,” Molnar said. “It was a significant challenge and achievement to be received into this cohort.”

“These certifications will be indicative of my ability to respond as a digital forensic examiner,” Moody said. “A Master of Science from Ferris’ ISI program is my long-term goal.”

There were 13,800 students from 1,290 colleges that competed in the Cyber Fasttrack competition. The top 100 students received $22,000 in scholarships in cybersecurity. The Ferris ISI program placed three students in the top 100, which was in the top five universities nationally. The ISI program is ABET Accredited in Cybersecurity and is an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education.