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New Cybersecurity Degree

The Department of Computer Science is launching a new cybersecurity degree that will prepare students for careers in one of the tech industry’s fastest growing fields.

The new BS in Computer Science and Cybersecurity will offer a curriculum outlined by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes courses in system programming, network security, Linux system administration and ethical hacking.

“There is an immediate and rapidly growing need for a cybersecurity workforce nationally,” said Dr. Xiang Fu, PhD who is overseeing the program.   “Hofstra has the faculty and the resources to provide a unique academic program in cybersecurity, equipping students with hands-on skills that will allow their success in the field.”

Graduates of the program will be qualified for careers as cybersecurity analysts, penetration testers, software developers, and network administrators.

The program aims to be certified by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense within four years. Right now, there are only five undergraduate cybersecurity programs in New York State that have the NSA designation.

The NSA certification program is designed to promote higher education and research in cyber defense, and produce professionals trained to defend computer operating systems, networks and data from cyberattacks.

As part of the NSA certification process, the university will have to produce peer reviewed papers by professors researching cybersecurity, show evidence of collaboration with other higher education institutions, and prove that its curriculum is aligned with the NSA/Homeland Security requirements. In addition, a Center in Cybersecurity Education and Research will be established for fostering outreach activities that raise awareness of cybersecurity on campus and in local communities.

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