WSC Student Joins National Infrastructure Security Group
Posted: Jan 19 2018
WILLISTON, N.D. - WSC student, Jared Croop, was recently named to the prestigious and exclusive InfraGard Group, becoming the youngest member in the North Dakota chapter.
InfraGard is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and private/public sector professionals who work to protect data, networks, and other national infrastructure.
Croop, born in New Jersey, is currently pursuing a double major at WSC in Industrial Automation Controls/Information Technology.
While balancing school and hockey, he is also enrolled in a programming certificate program through Harvard University.
Croop first heard about InfraGard during a discussion in one of Ken Quamme classes. Intrigued, he began to do research on his own, leading him from network security issues to industrial network security and automation.
"Jared's previous experience in the military makes him a good fit for the board. The operations he was involved in inspired him to help others understand the value of cybersecurity." notes Professor Ken Quamme.
Croop decided to apply for admission to InfraGard, wanting to "help raise awareness about the lack of network security, and help develop informative sessions aimed toward the protection of these networks."
Croop attends InfraGard meetings, to plan future events and develop ways to distribute information, in collaboration with local professionals to educate others about the importance of protecting our infrastructure. The youngest member of the board, Croop is excited about expanding his own talents and "gaining knowledge from the amazing professionals in this organization".
Croop's initiative in seeking out knowledge, as well as opportunities to make a difference, is particularly inspiring for WSC students.
For more information on InfraGard, please visit https://www.infragard.org/. For more information on WSC please visit www.willistonstate.edu
call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.
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