Combat cybercrime, a threat affecting millions of people
Cyberspace is a dynamic and evolving ecosystem, with complex, multifaceted networks that connect individuals, organizations and national and international entities. However, cyberspace’s expansion presents new weaknesses to exploit, making it vulnerable to intrusion and exploitation. Cyber threats and vulnerabilities have grown exponentially with the explosion of technology and connectedness, affecting individuals, organizations and nations alike. And while cyber threats and vulnerabilities challenge our economic prosperity, organizational sustainability, and individual identity and privacy, they have also emerged as a leading threat to national security.
Thousands of unfilled cybersecurity positions, with wage
Employment opportunities are diverse, numerous, and “outstanding”. According to Cyberseek.org, there are over 13,000 open cybersecurity positions in Massachusetts alone and over 500,000 open positions nationally (up 50% over this time last year). The projected growth rate in unfilled cybersecurity positions is on pace to hit 500,000 by 2021 (CSOOnline). Wage growth is well beyond economic growth due to low unemployment and a significant worker shortage. According to a recent workforce study by ISC2, information security workers (in North America) are paid, on average, $120,000 per annum with forty percent under the age of 35 earning $100,000 or more. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the field has “much faster than average” growth. For example, the growth rate for Information Security Analyst positions has increased to 28%.
A program built to meet national standards
Assumption is one of only three institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts with a curriculum that is aligned with the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security’s Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program.
The Assumption College Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity offers a technology-based education, using methods in computing and information science, engineering, social science and technology management that also foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital information economy. The cybersecurity curriculum incorporates the latest, cloud-based/virtualized computer and network environments, ensuring students have access to the latest technology. View Course descriptions.
The faculty, drawn from different areas of expertise in cybersecurity, will engage students through online delivery in finding solutions to emerging global cyber threats. At Assumption, a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity will educate the next generation of leaders and architects in cybersecurity, who possess technical expertise and practical training to help secure, develop, and sustain the cyberspace ecosystem.
Build your cybersecurity skills
Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular opportunities including attendance at regional and national cybersecurity conferences (e.g., RSAC, Blackhat-USA, DEFCON) and participation in regional/national cybersecurity competitions (e.g., NCL, NECCDC).
Professional certifications (e.g., EC Council CEH, ISC2 Associate CISSP) are available to students who are encouraged to sit for the corresponding exams following course completion.
Internship and co-op educational experiences are regularly announced to students providing them the opportunity to earn paid “real world” experience.
Assumption’s Cybersecurity Center was developed to promote, coordinate, and implement education, research and innovation in Cyber Defense Education (CDE). The Center offers a number of resources, including Career Heat Maps, Professional Development Resources, and Educational and Research Resources. Learn more about the Center.