Prairie View, Southern Methodist, and Goldman Sachs Team Up for Cybersecurity Research

Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black educational institution in Texas is partnering with The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and global financial services company Goldman Sachs for research designed to detect and defend against cyber threats related to employees working remotely.

The master research agreement is set up to support a long-term research partnership with Goldman Sachs’ Global Cyber Defense and Intelligence team. The partners intend to use the arrangement to train talent for both industry and academia, propose solutions to cyber challenges, and to appear and publish in academic and industrial forums.

“We are excited to partner with the future cyber leaders at SMU and PVAMU. This research initiative increases our ability to make significant contributions across the cyber industry and research communities while providing practical training to advance the cyber defense mission,” said Wes Williams, global lead of Goldman Sachs Cyber Defense and Intelligence.

“Students at Southern Methodist and Prairie View will get that first-hand experience in using machine learning for cyber defense, working with and extending the capability of state-of-the-art software,” said Eric Larson, associate professor of computer science at Southern Methodist University.

The research relationship with the two universities will tap the skills of undergraduate cyber security majors from Prairie View in tandem with graduate-level cyber security students at Southern Methodist. Researchers from both universities envision a pipeline to high-paying cybersecurity jobs for students who start their studies at Prairie View and complete graduate education at Southern Methodist.


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