State University of New York Institute of Technology
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Cybersecurity program to support high-tech workforce

SUNYIT will launch a graduate degree program in the cybersecurity field in fall 2013.

The new Master of Science program in Network and Computer Security (NCS) will prepare students for technical and management positions in cybersecurity research and information technology security management.

SUNYIT President Wolf Yeigh"Our new graduate program in NCS builds on SUNYIT's strengths in cybersecurity at the undergraduate level and our programs in computer science as well," said Bjong Wolf Yeigh, president of SUNYIT. "Cybersecurity education in particular is an emerging national priority due to our growing reliance on information technology infrastructure and the vulnerable nature of that infrastructure."

The new cybersecurity program will prepare graduates in state-of-the-art network and computer security practices, building on SUNYIT’s undergraduate cybersecurity program in Network and Computer Security. The master's program is intended to serve students just beginning their careers as well as those seeking career advancement opportunities at current jobs. To develop the program, SUNYIT sought input from a professional advisory board whose members include leading cybersecurity researchers associated with Rome's Air Force Research Laboratory-Information Directorate headquarters and information technology executives at regional businesses.

John Marsh"Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand throughout industry and government sectors," said John Marsh, chair of computer and information sciences. "Graduates of our new program will have strong knowledge in securing and maintaining computer networks and will be able to identify, defend and respond to various security threats and vulnerabilities."

Marsh said the Utica-Rome area has a special need for network and computer security professionals due to the presence of AFRL and local businesses supporting it. Educating the workforce for these positions, he said, will support government and government contractors’ efforts to attract highly sought-after professionals to the region, ensuring the viability of the area’s high-tech workforce.

Applications for fall admission are currently being accepted. For more information, e-mail or call 315-792-7347.

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