Bay Path cybersecurity students attack in order to defend businesses’ sensitive data

Students from Bay Path University and Springfield Technical Community College are planning cyberattacks against local businesses — and Gov. Charlie Baker won’t do anything to stop them. In fact, the state has already bankrolled the operation, and Baker offered his encouragement on a tour of the Bay Path campus in Longmeadow. The attacks will be for cybersecurity assessments the businesses will order. Students might send “phishing” emails in search of passwords, or just call up and ask for access to sensitive files. It’ll be sophisticated work performed by interns under the direction of Delcie Bean and his Paragus IT team in a new course of study Bay Path showed off to the governor Tuesday.

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