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Mozilla Launches Student Coding Program "Winter of Security" 40

Posted by samzenpus
from the student-labor dept.
First time accepted submitter NotInHere (3654617) writes "Mozilla has introduced a new program called MWoS, or 'Mozilla Winter of Security,' to involve university students in security projects. The attending students will write code for a Mozilla security tool during (northern hemisphere) winter. Unlike GSoC, attending it involves no monetary payment, but the student's universities are expected to actively cooperate and to give the students a credit for their work. From the article: 'MWoS is a win for all. Students get a chance to work on real-world security projects, under the guidance of an experienced security engineer. Professors get to implement cutting-edge security projects into their programs. Mozilla and the community get better security tools, which that we would not have the resources to build or improve ourselves.'"
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Mozilla Launches Student Coding Program "Winter of Security"

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  • S.m.r.t (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kamineko (851857) on Sunday May 18, 2014 @11:51AM (#47031929)

    Superlative plan.

    Get students doing the security work, because the real developers are way too busy screwing around with the user interface and can't be disturbed.

  • by monkeyhybrid (1677192) on Sunday May 18, 2014 @01:01PM (#47032451)

    If you're from a good university you dont really need such programs

    Working in a professional environment as part of your education can be a very valuable experience and shouldn't be sniffed at. I had the good fortune to do something similar when I was younger, and looking back at it now, I can really appreciate how it helped sharpen my skills and gave me greater insight into what real world software development is like.

  • by raymorris (2726007) on Sunday May 18, 2014 @01:07PM (#47032475)

    Having looked into the security related curriculum at MIT, Princeton, etc, I'd certainly be more likely to hire a student who had hands-on experience under the guidance of a security professional. Their academic programs do not prepare a student for serious security work, in my opinion. In fact, I'd say that a student needs to take all (both) of the security-related electives just to be prepared to write internet-accessible applications.

    Not only is there a huge difference between theory and actual practice, but even the theory side is quite limited for security at the top universities. The best I've found is offered by a part of the Texas A&M system, called TEEX.

    When I went to work at TEEX, I expected that I'd need to find diplomatic ways of telling them that their cyber-security classes suck, because most classes in the field do suck. I was surprised to see that the TEEX material is pretty good. I can only try to help them make the visual presentation be as good as the actual material is.

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