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St. Bonaventure University has announced the launch of a new online Master of Science degree program in cybersecurity.
The program, which will be offered beginning spring 2019, will be delivered in collaboration with the Western New York Cybersecurity Research Center and its Security Operations Center, located at St. Bonaventure.
IDC estimates that the security industry will be a $101 billion opportunity by 2020. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the global cybersecurity workforce will experience a 2 million shortfall by 2020.
The industry needs skilled cybersecurity specialists to combat this talent shortage, said Dr. Hossein Sarrafzadeh, director of SBU’s cybersecurity program.
Advanced programs such as SBU’s online master’s program in cybersecurity will help create an employable workforce to beat the increasing instances of data breaches and identity thefts.
SBU is partnering with the EC-Council and CISCO Academy, experts who have firsthand knowledge of the skill and competency gaps in the current workforce. This new and innovative program will help students develop critical and real-world cybersecurity skills, Sarrafzadeh said.
Students will work with active cybersecurity professionals and engage in hands-on learning opportunities.
Cloud-based labs offer a safe immersive experience to learn real cybersecurity challenges. Students will achieve advanced proficiency in machine learning, secure software design, networking, data mining, cryptography, cybersecurity forensics, and penetration testing among others.
“The fully online program will allow students to learn and complete the course at their own pace. For working adults, this is a boon,” Sarrafzadeh said. “They can go back to school and upgrade their skills in this competitive field while still working.”
Six start dates per year and no GRE/GMAT requirements offer professionals easy options to enroll in higher education, he added.
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