Thursday, April 28, 2016

Community Colleges Grow Cybersecurity Programs

"Since the early 2000s, Corby Hovis, NSF (National Science Foundation) program director, has led ATE (Advanced Technology Education) efforts to grow cybersecurity education opportunities at community colleges. 'A lot of cybersecurity jobs—the front-line, foot-soldier [entry-level] positions that protect information systems, can be filled by people with two-year degrees,' Hovis says. 'So it was important to recognize the role that two-year colleges can play in cybersecurity and help them develop curricula and faculty to address that need.'”

Story profiles stay-at-home dad who has gone from beverage manager to cyber jock. Read the story here:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cyber Security Scholarships at RIT

"In response to a growing national demand for cybersecurity workers, Rochester Institute of Technology will use a $4 million federal grant to establish a new scholarship program.

The National Science Foundation funding will provide tuition and a stipend to students in exchange for government service. RIT expects to offer the first scholarships in the fall 2015 semester.

A total of 21 scholarships will be awarded to students."

St. Thomas University Gets Grant for Cyber Degree

"Overall, it is estimated that there are 183 programs involved with cybersecurity at some level in the country today, according to a 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity study by the Ponemon Institute/HP Enterprise Security.

At St. Thomas in Miami, a $2 million grant is establishing the Gary Goldbloom Endowed Distinguished Chair in Cybersecurity, named after one of the university's trustees who is funding the program. It will allow St. Thomas to hire an cybersecurity industry expert.

The cybersecurity master's program will be available by early 2015, and the multidisciplinary degree will include broad contextual coursework -- even real-world hacking experience, according to Bhattacharya."

Sunday, August 3, 2014

British Version of NSA, GCHQ, Certifies Cyber Security Masters Degrees

"There are around 90 cyber-security related university courses in the UK, but the quality had previously been described as variable," reports SC Magazine UK in its report.
Masters degrees awarded GCHQ-certified status are:
Full certified status:
Edinburgh Napier University
MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics
Lancaster University
MSc in Cyber Security
University of Oxford
MSc in Software and Systems Security
Royal Holloway, University of London
MSc in Information Security
Provisional certified status:
Cranfield University
MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance
University of Surrey
MSc in Information Security

Monday, June 16, 2014

Corporate Partnerships Help Drive Cybersecurity Degrees

"While colleges can certainly use the money, they're also eager for students to gain from business leaders' expertise, particularly in fields like cybersecurity, where textbooks written today might be obsolete within a matter of months. 'It's important in working with employers that you don't compromise the fundamental mission of education, which is instilling in people the ability to learn on their own,' said Barmak Nassirian, director of federal policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 'But we do have an obligation to make sure there are jobs out there for students. That makes intuitive sense:'"

Friday, May 9, 2014

Masters in Cybersecurity Comes to London

"At Infosecurity Europe 2014, Drew Amorosi catches up with Kevin Jones of City University London for a preview of the school’s new MSc in Cyber Security program, which kicks off this September."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

40% of IT Security Jobs Will Be Unfilled This Year, Yet Women Still Not Joining Workforce in Numbers

"The evolving threat landscape is driving the need for increased security support and protection within organizations, as highlighted by the IT Security Jobs Study. To gain a clear understanding of what the IT security jobs landscape looks like moving into 2014, and to identify the key challenges the industry is facing in filling and maintaining security roles within organizations, the Ponemon Institute surveyed more than 500 human resources and IT security specialists. 

Key findings from the study include:
  • The IT security jobs market will be 40 percent vacant in 2014. Furthermore, 58 percent of jobs at the supervisory level remain unfilled, with 56 percent of organizations surveyed reporting that they do not have a chief information security officer (CISO) as part of their C-suite.
  • IT security professionals don’t have a clear professional development track. Only 32 percent of organizations view IT security as a career path, which may discourage candidates from entering the field.
  • Degree programs are important for IT security candidates. The completion of a recognized college or graduate-level degree program is important to the hiring process for 84 percent of organizations—and essential to 14 percent.
  • Hiring packages may be missing features needed to attract quality candidates. Fifty-one percent of IT security employees are paid more than other IT employees—yet 43 percent of respondents indicated that the main reason for high vacancy rates in security is the inability for organizations to offer a competitive salary.
  • Senior IT security jobs are difficult to fill, leaving organizations with a lack of highly skilled security professionals. On average, it takes five months to fill a staff-level position, but it takes nine months to a year to fill a senior-level position.
  • On average, women only make up 20 percent of the information security workforce. The Ponemon Institute has tracked female IT security survey respondents since 2005, and has only seen an 8 percent increase:"