Regents Approve New Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate At UVU
July 22, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
The State Board of Regents today approved a new cybersecurity graduate certificate at Utah Valley University to help with the increasing demand in Utah and Salt Lake counties, home to world leaders in Internet security technologies.
The post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in cybersecurity will provide students with advanced technical and managerial knowledge of cybersecurity, preparing them for senior technical and leadership roles in the field. To facilitate this certificate, several specialized courses will be created focusing on topics essential to cybersecurity. Courses cover topics including advanced technical studies, managing cyber-security operations and understanding how cybersecurity affects the global community. The proposed starting date for this program is Fall 2014.
UVU will be the only university in Utah to offer a cybersecurity graduate certificate, which will provide greater depth and breadth with students earning twice as many credits in the discipline.
In 2012, UVU was awarded a $3 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to create the “Cybersecurity Career Pathways” program to produce highly skilled workers in the field of cybersecurity. “The program helps prepare individuals for industry-standard certifications and literally hundreds of new and existing positions in these growing fields,” said Michael Savoie, dean of UVU’s College of Technology & Computing.
Students entering the certificate program will be required to have either a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Information Technology or Computer Science, or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline combined with two years of technology-related work experience. Students who do not meet either criterion can take additional undergraduate Information Technology courses at UVU to prepare for the program.
The National Security Administration has built the Utah Data Center, the world’s largest center that aggregates and verifies volumes of data used by intelligence and security communities, in Bluffdale, Utah. The facility expects to have between 300 to 500 federal positions, with an additional 1,000 to 2,500 positions opening in the Utah Valley area to support the facility. UVU’s program will prepare workers for these positions and other employment deficits relevant to cybersecurity.
UVU currently offers several training tracks with various entry and exit points, depending on each individual’s existing skills and knowledge in the field: a one-year certificate in network administration, an associate in applied science in information technology, a bachelor of science in information technology with emphasis in computer forensics and security and a bachelor of science in information technology in network administration and security.
UVU has collaborated with the Utah Department of Workforce Services to locate and serve eligible workers and, along with area industries, strengthen curriculum and create internships. The project also is endorsed by the Utah State Workforce Investment Board in recognizing the need for expanded training and more graduates in this critical field.
“UVU is anxious to become a leader in training for information and cybersecurity locally, statewide and regionally,” Savoie said.