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Demand for Cybersecurity Prompts New Concentration and Minor

Skilled cybersecurity specialists are in great demand.

As the technological world continues to evolve and becomes more essential for business, new skills are needed to keep information secure. Because of this demand, MU students can now pick up a concentration or minor in cybersecurity beginning in fall 2023.

Dr. Marc Tomljanovich, dean of the Lombardo College of Business, notes the importance of this program at MU. “As governments, businesses and the global security landscape become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, skilled cybersecurity specialists are in great demand to design more secure systems, protect data and prevent devastating losses in organizational assets. This concentration and minor will help students find a job in Information technology and cybersecurity after graduation and apply their skills to navigate the challenges that today’s organizations face.”

These academic offerings will be part of the Information Technology program in the Lombardo College of Business. Tomljanovich explains that students who add a concentration to their degree will learn the essentials of cybersecurity from our distinguished faculty, which includes Dr. Behrooz Etesamipour, who directs the IT program. “This proposed cybersecurity concentration adds to the fundamental topics in information technology that INTE students learn through the program’s core requirements, providing students with the necessary and durable skills needed to effectively protect personal and organizational information systems and tomorrow’s technological threats and risks in the cyber world.”

One of the key benefits of the 18+ credit minor is that it can be integrated into many degrees, including computer science, economics, business, mathematics, business analytics and communications.

As students work their way through the concentration and minor, they will gain the skills needed to succeed in the field. “The cybersecurity concentration and minor in the INTE program provide training that helps students develop technical skills to identify threats and recognize system vulnerabilities to mitigate cybersecurity risks and respond to cyberattacks. These offerings teach students risk-management strategies and how to identify security risks. Students will also learn how to develop communication plans for interacting with businesses and their users when it comes to integrating cybersecurity plans. As part of risk assessment strategies, the program teaches students how to make predictions of potential problems before they turn into genuine threats,” Tomljanovich explains.

These programs will be a great asset to not only the Lancaster community but many other communities around the world, “We are thrilled to be able to offer our students this exciting new program, which conveys such tangible skills, experiences and opportunities to organizations in the Lancaster community and beyond,” says Tomljanovich.

 

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