New SUNY Cobleskill Cybersecurity Bachelor of Technology Degree Program Will Address Increasing Global, Workforce Needs

Cobleskill, NY – In response to increasing global demand for cybersecurity professionals, SUNY Cobleskill has launched a new Bachelor’s of Technology Degree Program in Cybersecurity. The program, which expands upon SUNY Cobleskill’s existing information technologies curriculum, becomes the seventh degree major offered by the College’s Business & Information Technology Department.

“The increase in cybercrimes, including cyberterrorism, that is already known and that is anticipated has led us to create a program dedicated to providing an education that will help mitigate the risks associated with today’s technology,” says College Provost Dr. Susan Zimmermann. “Cybersecurity right now is a domain that influences everything from personal safety to global commerce, and we have designed this program to incorporate elements of our liberal arts and science curricula. Our intention is to fortify students’ interdisciplinary foundation, and support diverse personal, professional, and global interests in the present and for the future.”

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a 28 percent increase in the job outlook for cybersecurity professionals between 2016 and 2026. Law enforcement, government, and business agencies are among those seeking an increased number of qualified cybersecurity professionals, to fill technician, analyst, and engineer positions, indicating the severity of this intensifying need.

The comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature of the program over four years of study will allow students to gain familiarity with present trends, and to apply learned concepts to understand cybercriminal behaviors and tendencies. In keeping with SUNY Cobleskill’s applied learning requirement, students will learn essential elements of cybersecurity, including digital forensics, ethical hacking, web development, and information security in a hands-on environment. The curriculum will begin from an information technology perspective, and cover concepts in software, hardware, operating systems, and networking. Higher-level study will introduce topics in forensics, and methods in system testing. Students will complete coursework in subjects including applied psychology and mathematics, and a 12-credit internship is required prior to degree completion.

Cybersecurity Program Faculty members brings extensive experience in computer science, environmental engineering, business, software development, digital creation, and civic engagement. Program Director Dr. Jack Rivituso has more than 20 years of professional experience in criminal justice. Visit the Cybersecurity Program webpage for more information


This release was initially published by SUNY Cobleskill, 08/28/19

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