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July 30, 2019

AMC to add cybersecurity major this fall

Albertus Magnus College PHOTO | New Haven Biz

Security breaches at businesses — like the recent Equifax and Capital One cases — can become costly for companies. 

Having staff trained to prevent hackers from getting access in the first place is crucial. A local college is responding to that need by updating its curriculum.

Albertus Magnus College will add a new major academic concentration this fall semester: cybersecurity. In doing so AMC says it plans to help prepare the technology professionals of tomorrow to keep information systems running efficiently — and private information secure.

The program is intended to complement AMC’s already popular criminal justice and computer information systems academic offerings.

Albertus’ new bachelor of science degree in cybersecurity is a 51-credit major designed to build upon a strong liberal-arts foundation and prepare students for careers in one of the fastest-growing professions. It is estimated that the number of jobs in this industry is expected to grow 37 percent annually over the next five years in the U.S.

Students will undergo solid grounding in both the required technical expertise and the non-technical skills necessary to ensure that information stays secure against a myriad of external threats. Program graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce and serve across a broad range of industries and career paths.

“Cybersecurity is a field that is exploding with potential and job opportunities,” said David Garaventa, director and assistant professor, Computer Information Systems program. “There is a tremendous need for a skilled and diversified workforce.”

Katrina Love graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems this May. She plans to become a senior front-end developer, pursue a master’s degree, and some day start her own business.

“As a woman in the tech world, I’ve noticed that there aren’t many of us,” said Love. “That’s why I’ve worked so hard to get the most out of my education. I want to set an example for generations after me in my family, as well as all other women, to let them see me and know that they can do it, too.”

Careers that AMC’s cyber-security major may prepare students for with their four-year degree include security analyst, compliance specialist, security auditor, security software developer, vulnerability assessor, incident responder, cryptographer and forensics expert.

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