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University of Maryland Trains Next Generation of Cyber Warriors

The University of Maryland University College is reporting a strong response to its new cybersecurity degree program set to start this fall.

Aimed toward older, already employed students, the whole program will be offered online. Individuals will be able to pursue a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in cybersecurity, or a master’s in cybersecurity policy.

“The workforce shortages in this field are at a critical stage,” Dr. Susan Aldridge, UMUC president, told USA Today. “We have a unique opportunity to provide an education in an area where there are jobs for graduates and where we can help advance the new field of cybersecurity.”

Undergraduates pursuing an UMUC cybersecurity degree will be presented with a curriculum focusing on the techniques, policies, operational procedures, and technologies that secure and defend information and information systems, in local and more broadly-based domains. After getting their diplomas, students can expect to pursue careers as information systems security professionals, senior system managers, and system administrators.

Those enrolling in the master’s program in cybersecurity policy will be provided with a broad analytical framework for evaluating and solving cybersecurity problems. Upon graduation, these graduates will be able to seek jobs as cyber policy analysts, cyber intelligence analysts, federal, state, and local government managers, or legislative aides.

Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege, who chairs the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation, also served as chair of the UMUC committee that created the curricula of the new programs. He said the threat presented by cyber espionage, identity theft, data theft and denial-of-service attacks has to be countered by properly trained professional.

“I can say with confidence that the curriculum for the new UMUC cybersecurity programs was structured with one goal in mind—to graduate professionals ready and able to address these growing threats,” he said.

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