The emerging field of Cybersecurity is based on an evolving discipline that involves the study of strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace. Topics include threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery policies and activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, law enforcement, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to the security and stability of the global information and communications infrastructure (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies).
The certificate was awarded because the curriculum has been designed to meet the stringent academic standards of the NSA/DHS jointly sponsored Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAEIA/CD) program. The B.S. in Cybersecurity is the first ever system collaborated degree program to be recognized by the CAEIA/CD. This NSA/DHS recognition program serves as the de facto accreditation standard for Cybersecurity.
The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program will prepare you for career opportunities or advanced education in the Cybersecurity field including positions in security analysis, information assurance, digital forensics, intelligence, and cyber defense to name a few.
With billions of dollars in global losses due to cybersecurity exploits, the need for trained experts is growing at an astonishing rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting 37% growth in employment in the cybersecurity field by 2020. Graduates with a B.S. in Cybersecurity will be prepared to fill these new positions as well as a predicted gap in Maine’s IT workforce significantly improving the statewide prospect for excellence in the computer-based delivery of information security services.
Available through a partnership between UMA, UMFK, UMaine, and USM, the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity incorporates a multidisciplinary perspective through a combination of courses that offer a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by providing the opportunity to take courses not only in computer science and technology but also in the humanities, social sciences and ethics (e.g. Crisis Communication, Human Communication Skills, Philosophy of Social Media, and Security).
Required courses can be taken completely online, or through a combination of live, online and ITV classes.