On a Personal Note: Program Dir. Alan Usas Shares his Thoughts on Eve of EMCS 2018 Final Session at Brown

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) 2018 as they return to the Brown campus for their final residential session. It’s an action-packed week during which students will:

  • Meet and hear from Executive VP and COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and EMCS Advisory Committee Member Ken Montgomery; and Executive VP and CSO of the Citizens Financial Group Holly Ridgeway.
  • Get the latest insights on Spectre and Meltdown, and equally importantly, evolving security frameworks for future cloud-based attacks and vulnerabilities.
  • Present their final Critical Challenge Projects – in-depth research reports with expert input from leading Brown faculty and students that tackle a corporate or industry challenge. These projects span the full range of technology, law, policy, human factors, and leadership challenges that the industry and our students face today.

On this occasion, we would like to share with you thoughts from Program Director Alan Usas on Cohort 2018’s journey as the first graduating class of Brown’s EMCS program.

“I vividly remember looking around the room at the inaugural class of EMCS in October 2016 and thinking what a long journey we were embarking on together–students, faculty, and staff. Now, 16 months later and on the eve of the last residential session for the Class of 2018, I’m amazed at how the time has flown by.

During the journey, the cohort tackled 9 courses and a significant Critical Challenge Project with energy, zeal, and curiosity. Together we experienced job changes (9), relocations (2), fellowships and award nominations (2), new births (2), a wedding, and thankfully just a few illnesses.

Each student now has a strong and active professional network greatly enhanced by their participation in the program. On Monday we will reassemble to congratulate each other on the achievements, and to our future ahead of us.”

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