Scotiabank invests in student success
First-year students in the Information Systems Security program learn how to combat complex computer viruses and malicious software in SAIT's new Systems Security Lab thanks to a generous donation by Scotiabank. Students (right to left, front), Parami Samarajeewa, Ramazpreet Dhothar, Ben Goud, Keith Wu and SAIT Instructor, Jan Uttl (back).
Scotiabank has donated $375,000 to help SAIT stay at the cutting edge of digital technology and to support our business students in pursuit of successful careers.
The School of Information and Communications Technologies has received $335,000 to complete SAIT's new Systems Security Lab. The lab is a unique facility that is being customized for students who are learning the latest methods of combating computer viruses, spyware, ransomware, and other malicious software that attacks computers and digital devices.
"The funds from Scotiabank will enable us to create a unique secure lab that will be completely isolated from all external computer systems," says Doug Spurgeon, Program Coordinator for Information Systems Security. "It means students will be able to be trained on live malicious software. By using it, we're able to have students work in the industry. It's not just theory. It's hands-on experience that allows them to recognize bad software a lot quicker and to defeat it a lot quicker."
Spurgeon says there is growing demand for students with cyber security skills in business as well as the military and law enforcement. He says students will be particularly valuable to the financial services sector because they are learning how to combat credit and debit card fraud.
"Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential," says Bernie Coates, District Vice President, Calgary North District, Scotiabank. "We believe this is an investment in the long-term security, stability and growth of our communities. That's why Scotiabank is pleased to announce a $375,000 donation to SAIT in support of their Information Systems Security Lab in the School of Information and Communications Technologies and the Student Mentorship Program in their School of Business."
The remaining $40,000 being donated by Scotiabank will support the SAIT School of Business Mentoring program. The program helps connect students to industry members by placing them in mentoring relationships based on their areas of study and career goals.
"The Scotiabank funding has helped us to expand the mentor program this year and will support the program for four more years," says Joey Post, Work Experience Coordinator with the SAIT School of Business.