Stetson University Announces New Cybersecurity Program

Cyberattacks are the fastest growing crime in the United States, and they are increasing in size, sophistication and cost. Cybersecurity expenditures are also increasing at a rapid pace as the rise of cybercrime continues to accelerate around the world, increasing the need for a cybersecurity workforce.

Stetson University is responding to the cybersecurity industry’s staffing needs by providing students with an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity when the program launches in fall 2019.

Students will learn skills that are necessary for becoming a cybersecurity professional with its eight-course curriculum. The program is currently accepting students for the beginning of the academic year in August.

During the fall, Joshua Eckroth, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at Stetson, will be teaching Introduction to Cybersecurity, which requires one computer science prerequisite or prior programming experience. The course will provide an overview of the broad range of issues, techniques, people, organizations and recent news related to cybersecurity and explains the ways in which cybersecurity impacts individuals, organizations and states along with covering U.S. and international laws. The class also provides students with information about various professions that are connected to cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity program will provide students with one-on-one opportunities in the classroom.

Higher-level cybersecurity courses may be offered during the spring 2020 semester and will provide students with information about secure coding, computer exploits or attacks, discovering and fixing flaws, applied cryptography, computer and network security, digital forensics, system administration and cloud computing.

Students will receive invaluable knowledge from the cybersecurity program, including information about ethical and corrupt hacking.

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