Minority Cyber Inclusion Council

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Federal Virtual Intern Program

Understand Global Resilience
& Threat Information Research and Policies

Build Critical Analytic Skills and Strategies

Understand Dynamics of Public Private Partnerships

Evaluate Economic Development Policy Impact and Measurement

Brenda Cureton, MPACouncil Exchange Board of TradePresident & Principal InvestigatorLooking Forward Research & Development

Gain Career Insight and Workforce Readiness Requirements for Success

Industry Lead


Policy Impact Analysis
Applied Research

Preparing Students for the Fourth Sector Industrial Revolution

Global Resilience Analysis for Low Income Cities

OPPZone Research:



Design Based Methodology

Hands on Research

This industry association solution-oriented initiative is grounded in a design-based research methodology focused on increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sector by leveraging the collective capabilities of minority technology companies, historically black colleges and universities, government agencies along with non-profit organizations.

The Minority Cyber Inclusion Council OppZone Research Professional Development Institute is an exclusive invitation only program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals.

Program participants will be immersed in real world research, analysis and problem solving under the direction of industry leaders and subject matter experts. 



Building Skill Sets

Industry Credential

All participants engage in a minimum of 56 hours of coordinated outcome driven research over seven weeks.

Program includes a coordinated field trip that includes student interaction and discussions with federal agency executives and program managers in Policy, Research, Innovation and Cybersecurity.  

Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded industry recognized achievement badges and certificates.

Industry Sr. Fellow program may continue for a year after program with optional renewals based on program participation.  Fellow program is invitational.

OppZone Research Roadmap

The 2019 OppZone Virtual Internship Program researched federal challenge questions issued by federal government policy executives.  The OppZone Research Roadmap includes the above research assignment process to govern Program Management Office activities.  
The HBCU Internship was facilitated by the Council Exchange Board of Trade, Looking Forward Research & Development and Sponsored CECOR, a HBCU Consortia formed by the U.S. Department of Energy with Norfolk State University as Principal Investigator.  
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Federal Virtual Intern Program

2019 Federal Pilot Cohort

Opportunity Zone Research Virtual Fellows Visit HUD and meet Secretary Carson

Secretary Ben Carson
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Council Exchange Board of Trade Executive Member & Co-Chair of Council Exchange CTA Committee, Balaji Venkatesan, addresses virtual interns at HUD.  Mr. Venkatesan is the owner of SD Solutions, LLC, U.S., 8A Certified, HubZonee, company with a GSA Schedule and a past Dept. of Treasury's Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year.

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Council Exchange Board Of Trade
Student Research Summer Fellowship

To succeed in this digital revolution we need to learn to deal with asymmetric nature of conflict and business. There is a need for broader security sensitivity, for sufficient skills to secure assets beforehand, and for capabilities to monitor, analyze and react to threats in real time.

Minority Cyber Inclusion Council

Together with incredible opportunities come new risks, as the virtual and real world become one in the fourth industrial revolution.
The asymmetry of risks that we are starting to face reinforces the need for an integrated and holistic view of security issues, and a strong synchronization between business and political action.

Council Board of Trade (CEBOT) Student Researchers will be engaged in a multiple geographical location exercise sponsored by federal agencies who are mission aligned in fostering growth and building our global resilience while supporting the development of adjudicated and workforce ready analysts able to draw insight on implications and synthesize threat information from multiple sources and disciplines. 

Students are required to have a university sponsor.  This summer program is designed for public and private sector higher education research sponsors with a mission to bring applied learning in cybersecurity and community economic development programs.  The research cohort will be approved as federal research policy interns and CEBOT Fellows

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The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) OppZone Virtual Research Program utilizes a design based research methodology to engage participants (CEBOT Fellows) in real world, knowledge economy and industry sourced, evidence based workforce and entrepreneurial skill building activities.

CEBOT Virtual Research Fellowship

Federal VIP Research Outcomes

Core outcomes are aligned with "All-Source Analyst" (AN-ASA-001) Specialty Area taken from the NIST NICE Cybersecurity Framework

Participants will:

Increase problem-solving skills and skills in developing or recommending analytic approaches or solutions to problems and situations for which information is incomplete or for which no precedent exists.

Increase knowledge of minority technology industry and its associated high demand Cybersecurity and Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) career and business opportunities

Demonstrate an ability to communicate complex information, concepts, or ideas in a confident and well-organized manner through verbal, written, and/or visual means.

Demonstrate ability to utilize multiple search engines to evaluate threat landscape relating to community resilience.  Student researcher will have demonstrated proficiency in tailoring an analysis and build out taxonomies to attack problem definitions.

Demonstrate knowledge of the self-adjudicative process for highly effective minority cyber professionals and also demonstrate an ability to effectively collaborate via virtual teams.

Student Researcher will have knowledge of a current use case and will be able to articulate how IT Governance, Internal Controls , and Network Infrastructure play a role in Cybersecurity.

Program Partnership Sponsors & Content Provider

Standard Provider

Program Sponsor

Certification Provider

National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Framework is a national focused resource that categorizes and describes cybersecurity work. 

The NICE Framework establishes a taxonomy and common lexicon that describes cybersecurity work and workers irrespective of where or for whom the work is performed.  The NICE Framework is intended to be applied in the public, private, and academic sectors.

Innovation in Motion is part of an industry focused, design based, applied research framework that studies how best systems connect and improve in public good ecosystems.  CEBOT's Looking Forward Research & Development Directorate governs the research program management office role to ensure outcomes are harmonized

Workforce systems are best envisioned with stakeholders including employers.  Industry allows for multiple businesses and community partners, all sharing in the outcomes.

This industry association solution-oriented initiative is grounded in a design-based research methodology focused on increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sector.

This is accomplished by leveraging the collective capabilities of minority technology companies, historically black colleges and universities, government agencies along with non-profit organizations.

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21st Century's Emerging Economic Imperative

Aligning economic choice with core human values  disrupts status quo and builds a sustainable business ecosystem.  Future profit ventures that focus on both customer and community needs  will prove most competitive.

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Industry Governance Solutions
for  Social Network Systems

Many aspects of the world economy are determined more by corporate action than government control.  Research indicates a growing need for industry perspectives and solutions to externalities and social safety nets that harmonize profit to measured outcomes for the common good of people and planet.

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65,000 Minority Technology Companies

The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) was established over 20 years ago to serve the $100 Billion Minority Technology Industry.  NMTC  brings applied research & development to growth algorithms that catalyze regional innovation ecosystems, stimulating economic development and uplifting minority business and communities.  




Engagement requires value and produces consensus when process is key.  Governance gives rise to planned growth both individually and throughout the ecosystem.

Council algorithms facilitate a deliberate system of principles and goverance that guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes.

Innovation liberates possibilities, improves systems and can transform bureaucracies into managed serviced/resource based functions.   

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