New Cybersecurity Program

July 11, 2017 by Anonymous
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Every moment, of every day, there are unseen defenders of our personal information thwarting the efforts of cyberterrorists and cybercriminals to access and use that information to destroy our personal lives, our economy and our freedoms.

When these attacks are successful, media headlines list the casualties – crippling tens of thousands of machines and computer systems worldwide. Unheralded are the thousands of attacks blocked by cybersecurity specialists – the unsung heroes who are in short supply, with over 200,000 unfilled positions just in the United States and nearly 1.5 million globally.

“Northland Pioneer College will be the first community college in Arizona offering a full Cybersecurity program, with seven courses focusing on the performance indicators for security specialists recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),” notes Eric Bishop, chair and professor of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department.

“Students completing the NPC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program will meet or exceed the knowledge, skills and abilities required for entry-level cybersecurity positions,” explains Bishop. Initially, the program will be based at the Show Low – White Mountain Campus, with plans to take the program and courses totally online within three years.

“The program’s foundational course, Information Security Fundamentals (CIS 130), will be offered this fall on Thursday evenings, 6 to 8:30, starting August 24,” continues Bishop. “If an individual has computer experience, I can waive the prerequisite Computer Applications and Information Technology (CIS 105) course or allow the student to take it concurrently with the Fundamentals course.”

Learn more about this new career opportunity by watching a YouTube video Bishop recorded at an earlier open house. You can also view and download slides from that Open House presentation in PDF.

Coursework is designed around a framework of cybersecurity skill sets developed through the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to prepare students for industry-recognized CompTIA national certifications in computer setup, maintenance and repair (A+), networking (Network+) and security (Security+). Industry has been heavily involved over the past decade in developing these standards, so students are well-prepared to join the battle against cyberterrorists.

Registration is currently underway for the fall semester, with most classes beginning the week of August 21. For a list of available classes, check the online class schedule, or stop by any of NPC’s nine locations in Navajo and Apache counties to discuss your education and career goals with an academic adviser.

For additional information about the Cybersecurity or other Computer Information Systems programs, contact Eric Bishop, 532-6153, or email.

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