Scene at CCSU: Answering the demand for cybersecurity

Published on Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:23
Written by Karen Tracey

Professor & Chair of Department Computer Electronics & Graphics Technology

The Computer, Electronics and Graphics Technology Department at CCSU is home to four undergraduate degree programs, including Computer Engineering Technology, Digital Printing/Graphics Technology, Electronics, and Networking Information Technology. We also offer one interdisciplinary graduate degree program, the M.S. in Computer Information Technology.

Our dynamic and diverse faculty work hard to stay current in their fields. It is critical that all of our programs stay up-to-date technically and provide a skill set that links our students to future employment in Connecticut and New England.

The majority of our students are Connecticut residents and stay in the region, providing a vital workforce for the state.

All of the programs in the department are accredited by either ABET or ATMAE, and we continue to modify curriculum with the recommendation of our industrial advisory boards.

Our department is currently working with the Computer Science Department on a new program in cybersecurity with many courses already in place.

Students majoring in Computer Engineering Technology or Networking Information Technology will apply those courses to their programs as electives.

Cybersecurity is in high demand, nationwide and in Connecticut. The number of cybersecurity jobs posted in Connecticut far exceed the number of graduates in this area.

Our new program integrates hardware, software, networking, and legal aspects of cybersecurity. We lean heavily on the expertise of our faculty, resources, and facilities within several departments to offer a balanced curriculum with hands-on labs and advanced cybersecurity specific coursework.

Our students will obtain the knowledge and skills of computer and network security, information assurance, penetration testing, and digital forensics to identify vulnerabilities, develop security solution, and investigate cybercrimes.

While our first goal is to offer our students a high-quality program, we also are focused on meeting the demands of industry and business needs.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, New Britain on Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:23. Updated: Monday, 27 March 2017 12:08.