Widely-publicized breaches such as those affecting TJX Corporation, Target, Home Depot, the FDIC and IRS records have become all too common and put the confidentiality of citizens’ and governments’ information at risk. The demand for individuals with expertise in preventing and investigating these attacks will only continue to increase as society’s dependence on information systems grows and society’s enemies become ever more adept at bypassing information security measures.
Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education (CACE) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to incorporating state-of-the-art equipment, software, and industry skills into curriculum across the university to enhance cyber education. Under the auspices of the university’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, in collaboration with the Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science and the Cyber Forensics Division of Armstrong’s Police Department, students will learn to secure data, investigate intrusions, and prosecute cyber-crimes from Day One. Forget the traditional “war games.” CACE has developed red team vs. blue team multi-tiered simulations that pull together the full spectrum of cyber education in a single exercise. Through the CACE, students receive first-class instruction that prepares them to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks, monitor and secure networks, and integrate best systems practices throughout the world.
Job Outlook News
Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk. Every year in the U.S. there are 128,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 88,000 workers currently employed in those positions – a talent shortfall of 40,000 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job. There are 220,000 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them. Jobs requesting cloud security skills, for example, remain open 96 days on average – longer than any other IT skill. Cybersecurity talent gaps exist across the country. Closing these gaps requires detailed knowledge of the cybersecurity workforce in your region.
Interactive Map Career Pathway
Check out the national heat map and career pathway recommendations at CyberSeek.org
CACE has established the Armstrong Cyber Workforce Development Program to help enhance the Cyber Academic Offerings already available. The ACWDP is intended to help develop the national cyber workforce through the offering of industry certifications to allow Armstrong students, workers seeking a career change or enhancement in skills, and industry partners seeking to train their workforce to further build towards an increased population of Cyber Workforce Professionals. Industry certifications that increase skills in risk management, digital forensics, penetration testing, and disaster recovery are but a few in the ever growing program.
Funding for Cybersecurity Research and Education
- Armstrong Financial Aid
- National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA)
Each year the National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators (NAVPA) awards up to eight $500 scholarships, one in each region to deserving students. All NAVPA scholarship applications and attachments MUST be submitted by January 13, 2017. Winners will be notified after the NAVPA Board of Directors review applications at the midyear meeting in February 2017. All eligible students should apply.
- National Science Foundation (NSF)