Dr. Josh Brunty loves that moment when his students solve a challenge on their own. It’s that first moment when they don’t need any guidance or prompts. When they take what they’ve learned, and they figure it out themselves.
And he loves it when he sees those students a few years later. 他们开始了自己的网络事业，解决了他坐在教室里根本无法想象的问题. 那时他才知道，在十大外围足彩网站app教授网络安全正在改变人们的生活和世界.
And here at Marshall, it’s just getting better all the time.
就在上周, 马歇尔庆祝州政府为马歇尔网络安全研究所提供的4500万美元新设施. 与此同时, after years of coaching highly competitive Marshall cyber teams, 布朗蒂被任命为美国网络战队的总教练，并将带领这支队伍参加明年的国际网络比赛.
“新中心将把十大外围app的项目推向一个完全不同的水平，”布朗蒂说. “When you have a facility like that, it attracts the best students and employers. You’re going to have the facilities to do the things you only dreamed of 10 years ago. 这是件很酷的事. These dreams become a reality when you have the space to perform them in.
“To think that you can take a kid out of a place where they felt impoverished, 给他们一种技能，让他们能够竞争一份远程工作，这样他们就可以回到家乡，在一个苦苦挣扎的地区赚到六位数的薪水, 回馈社区，现在你能做到的领域很少,他说.
Brunty said he was recently reminded of the phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
“For us, this is our time that our tide is lifting,他说. “It’s a time to lift Marshall up because it gave to me so many years ago. You’re able to give back to a place that gave so much to you.”
布朗蒂还记得十大外围足彩网站app帮助他度过难关的许多时刻. He remembers attending a business camp on campus as a high-schooler, 当他遇到一些教授时，他们激起了他对计算机科学和刑事司法的兴趣.
他记得院长萨姆·达姆隆, 是谁激发了他对计算机取证的兴趣, 他记得当他还是一名在就业服务中心工作的研究生时，主任安排了一次面试，并帮助他在西弗吉尼亚州警察局找到了第一份专业工作.
“I know that there are kids out there like me,他说. “我的成长经历并不多. I was the first person in my family to set foot on a college campus. … I know there are a lot of kids in southern West Virginia in that same boat. 对我来说，这是个人问题. 是的, 你可以去一些大的, 把这些钱都带进来, but you won’t have the impact there that you have back home here. I want to see all that happen back home here at Marshall.”
He doesn’t want to just keep training students to send them out of state.
布朗蒂说:“这有点令人心碎，因为这里没有适合他们的工作。. “They’re competing for 工作 in DC and all over the country. 这将给这个地区带来一条生命线，特别是，让十大外围app进入一个全国性的项目.”
这与21世纪初布朗蒂从卡贝尔米德兰高中(Cabell Midland High School)毕业后来到马歇尔的时候大不相同.
“事实是，当我到这儿的时候. 山姆达蒙, 他当时是文理学院的副院长和刑事司法教授，十大外围app对科技有共同的兴趣, 这是计算机取证的新领域, 当时只有联邦调查局才会这么做. As a student, I thought, ‘I want to get involved in that.’ ”
A lot of cyber security was being self-taught at that time, 但他通过在十大外围足彩网站app的本科和研究生学习，为自己做了尽可能多的准备, earning his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2005, 2009年获得研究生学位(最近在中乔治亚州立大学获得信息技术博士学位).
“十大外围足彩网站app有很多人帮助我走上了这条道路,布朗蒂说. “Without that support system, I’m confident that none of this would have happened.”
He held his first job with the West Virginia State Police for seven years. He started teaching part-time at Marshall in about 2007 and joined full-time in 2012. Brunty and his team in Cyber Forensics and Security, 包括约翰·萨蒙斯和比尔·加德纳, 自从西弗吉尼亚的网络专家是一个小得多的网络以来就一直在一起工作吗.
“20年前，当你在西弗吉尼亚州谈论这片土地时，我想到的人还不到24人,布朗蒂说. “The FBI was the first dabbling in the investigative piece. 有黑客组织存在. I met Bill through 304Geeks and HackerCon/SecureWV and things like that. 那是十大外围app多年前联系在一起的地方. 通过这种方式，十大外围app建立了联系，并决定要建立一个学术项目. Not a lot of schools were offering cyber security programs at that time.”
多年来，他们一直在帮助十大外围足彩网站app网络专业的学生成为最优秀的学生. 马歇尔的2020年全国网络联赛冠军是布朗蒂职业生涯的亮点, 谁是学校球队的教练.
“That was a very special moment with a very special group, 因为他们付出了如此多的努力才到达那里,他说. “We had logged four top 10 finishes in the National Cyber League, 这一点本身就令人印象深刻. 十大外围app进入了2020年春季赛季(知道)这是其中一些竞争对手的最后一次骑行.”
“这很令人兴奋，”他说. “The competition level is so different at the national and international levels. Here at the school, you’re more focused on a student coming in who knows nothing. 这是最基本的，你要培养他们为工作做好准备，或者在竞争中竞争. At this level, these competitors have competed in hundreds of (competitions). 现在的问题是找到正确的拼图，将其带入国际竞争.”
他希望建立一个管道系统，让网络学生尽早为国际竞争做好准备, and he hopes to one day see Marshall students on the US Cyber Team.
马歇尔开始得到认可. 我认为这会吸引学生。. “十大外围app赢得了地区学生的支持.”
As the head coach for the US Cyber Team for the next year, Brunty will get to compete on different continents, 他希望把十大外围足彩网站app的韧性和拼搏精神介绍给国家队队员.
“Marshall is an institution that focuses on rebuilding things. I feel like our national team is in this rebuilding phase, 所以这是一个拥有这种心态的好时机,他说. “这是羞辱. I never thought when I came to Marshall that I would be in this kind of role, but I think Marshall has prepared me for this role.”
同时还要指导精英，教授网络战争和移动设备取证, another role Brunty is proud to hold is raising his teenage daughter, and he even finds time to delve into some other hobbies.
“I’m a huge fan of college and high school basketball and football. 我喜欢两者的壮观和气氛. I am also into mountain/gravel biking and road cycling as well,他说. “My favorite movie is ‘Back to the Future Part II,’ and I really love playing Capture the Flag (CTF) and Attack & 国防竞赛，尽管我正式“退休”，因为我开始指导网络团队.”
He loves cyber security because it affects people in big ways.
“It’s an ever-changing field that solves people problems,他说. “这是最有趣的事情. Every problem that we solve directly affects people, 无论是从漏洞中恢复, or fixing this patch (a vulnerability in the system) or investigating something. 一切都回到了人的问题上，很高兴看到你的工作成果.”
“I’ve never felt comfortable in this field,布朗蒂说. “总有新的东西要知道. 它永远不会停滞不前. 在这一点上，我的舒适程度有所提高, so that I think I might be able to solve a problem, 但我不知道. And I didn’t feel that way years ago, early on, so I know how our students feel.
“我就是喜欢那个时候在那里, 当我能说, “在这一点上，你的知识远远超过了我，你做了很多很酷的事情，这些都是我作为学生时做梦也想不到的——你深情地回忆起你的大学时光。.’ That’s a really neat, fulfilling thing as a professor, to have those stories.”