BSC changes program focus to cybersecurity
Published: May 18 2016
Bismarck State College is preparing students for future jobs in cybersecurity with changes to its Computer Support Specialist program starting in fall 2016, when the name changes to Cybersecurity & Computer Networks.
Faculty developed four core classes in cybersecurity to address heavy demand for such skills from business, industry and government.
The core courses are Principles of Information Security, Computer and Network Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking and Network Defense.
“The way industry is going, it’s harder to compete if you don’t have some security background,” said Matt Frohlich, associate professor of computer information systems. “The biggest advantage to BSC’s program is students can be marketable and go into the workforce in two years.”
Frohlich said they also enriched the program by emphasizing security in all Cybersecurity & Computer Networks classes. The different focus now qualifies students to obtain a position as a systems security or administrator officer.
To accommodate the new content, a three-year option was added for students to complete the program at a less intense pace. Graduating in two years remains an option.
Students are trained in system administration fundamentals and best practices to implement, administer and secure operating systems and computer networks. Convenient course delivery allows students to take classes on campus, online, a combination of both or to attend live, interactive class sessions through the Internet.
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