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TU Ranked No. 1 in Ohio for Cyber Talent Discovery and Development

TIFFIN UNIVERSITY, Tiffin, OH— Tiffin University reached the “leader” level (top 7 percent) of U.S. colleges in identifying students with a natural aptitude to excel in cybersecurity. After the completion of SANS Institute’s Cyber FastTrack competition, Tiffin University was ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 181 in the nation out of 5,200 colleges discovering students’ aptitude for cybersecurity.

The state-by-state Cyber FastTrack leaderboard is posted at and the national rankings are at

“Tiffin University’s efforts play a pivotal role in the national initiative to close the elite cyber skills gap with China and Russia,” said Alan Paller, Director of Research at the SANS Institute. “The leadership shown by Tiffin University is commendable. Without the talent being discovered in Cyber FastTrack, shortages of elite talent will put the United States at a severe disadvantage in protecting power systems, financial systems and military systems in times of conflict, and protecting business and personal privacy in peace time. Tiffin University has set a high bar for other schools in Ohio and in the nation.”

About SANS Institute and Cyber FastTrack
SANS Institute is a cooperative research and education organization. It is the largest source of information security training and security certification in the world.

Twenty-five state governors joined SANS in launching the online Cyber FastTrack program. It is a free, online cybersecurity program for college students and graduates. Through online challenges, quizzes, exams, and tutorials, students learn various disciplines such as forensics, intrusion detection, security operations and application penetration testing. Cyber FastTrack also allows students to discover whether they like cybersecurity challenges and have the tenacity, curiosity, and problem-solving skills needed by professionals in the field.