In a time in which all SUNY Cobleskill programs are evolving, a new degree program, the Bachelor’s of Technology in Cybersecurity, is designed explicitly to meet the needs of future cyber professionals in a bustling industry. The program, set to debut at SUNY Cobleskill in 2020, will address an area of major growth in the business and technology sectors.
“The disturbing trend is that there has been [an] increase in cybercriminal behavior,” explains College Provost Dr. Susan Zimmermann. “With new and improved technology comes new risks. It is our belief at SUNY Cobleskill that we can educate on how to detect and mitigate these risks by providing a comprehensive education that includes components of our existing curricula, in a broad range of academic subjects.”
The future-looking nature of the program is a testament to the fact that cybersecurity is a domain that impacts everything from global commerce to personal safety. As cyber technology grows, the need to expand securely will continue to influence the online world. Data reflect it; according to United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a 28 percent increase in the job outlook for cybersecurity professionals between 2016 and 2026. Law enforcement, government, and human service agencies are some of the employers who are looking for qualified technicians, analysts, engineers, and more.
SUNY Cobleskill Cybersecurity graduates will be prepared, having completed coursework in information technology and ethical hacking, digital forensics and psychology. As of all SUNY Cobleskill programs, the BT in Cybersecurity is built upon an applied learning foundation and includes opportunities for hands-on learning and interdisciplinary study. The program includes instruction on fundamentals of system defense, ethics, and information technology policy.
SUNY Cobleskill is positioning itself at the forefront of cybersecurity growth. To do so, the College is adding its 28th bachelor’s degree program.