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Robin Burkett

Robin Burkett received a bachelor's in Information Systems from Florida State University and worked in the computer field for several years. After the company she worked for went out of business, she decided to switch directions and start a photography business that she has run for the past 12 years. Burkett's work has been published in numerous media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS News, books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards and her work has sold internationally.

She recently decided to attend NOVA to dust off her technical skills. When she learned about Cybersecurity, she was hooked. Burkett has taken advantage of every opportunity afforded by NOVA to learn more about the field, including giving a virtual presentation for the National CyberWatch Center on digital photography forensics, competing in numerous cyber competitions including the National Cyber League and 2014 Cyber Aces Virginia State Championship and visiting the DHS command and control center.

She also participated in the 2014 US Cyber Challenge and was competitively awarded a scholarship to attend a week-long cyber camp at Virginia Tech. She finished up her Certificate in Cybersecurity in May 2014, and entered NOVA's A.A.S. Cybersecurity degree program. She is currently part of the DHS Secretary's Honors Program Student Volunteer Initiative gaining hands-on experience that allows her to apply what she learned at NOVA to real-world situations.