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Alumnus Mike Matonis Cracks the “Most Deceptive Hack in History”

In “Wired” magazine’s riveting true international whodunit, Mike Matonis, SUNY Cobleskill Class of 2010 and cyber-sleuth par excellence, cracks the 2018 Olympics Cyberattack, which the magazine bills the “most deceptive hack in history.” Beyond solving the mystery, “Wired” reports, Matonis “found a fingerprint that linked the Olympics attackers” to one of the most notorious hacking operations ever.

In response to increasing global demand for cybersecurity professionals, SUNY Cobleskill recently launched a Bachelor’s of Technology Degree Program in Cybersecurity. The program expands upon SUNY Cobleskill’s existing information technologies curriculum, and is enhanced by the College’s deep commitment to applied learning.

“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 allows 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 learn essential elements of cybersecurity, including digital forensics, ethical hacking, web development, and information security in a hands-on environment. The curriculum begins from an information technology perspective, and cover concepts in software, hardware, operating systems, and networking. Higher-level study introduces topics in forensics, and methods in system testing. Students complete coursework in subjects including applied psychology and mathematics, and a 12-credit internship is required prior to degree completion.

For detailed course information, please visit SUNY Cobleskill’s website, or contact SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of Admission at 1-800-295-8988 or 518-255-5525.

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