Thanks to computers, the world has changed. Much of that change is good. Folks can shop in their pajamas and chat with relatives across the nation or on the other side of the world. But, like all good things, there is a downside to this “computerization.” Many bad actors are using their knowledge of the Internet to take what is not theirs.
Globally, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021, and according to CyberSeek, in 2017 the United States has approximately 350,000 current cybersecurity openings.
In response to this growing threat and an incredible rise in new job opportunities, Rappahannock Community College has launched a new program. The Advanced Career Studies Certificate in Networking and Cybersecurity is designed to provide entry-level expertise in security to those who complete the program.
Graduates of this new Advanced Networking and Cybersecurity program can work at any number of companies, all of which are in need of employees with the specific IT skills required to combat these new threats. For example, a recent search in the Dahlgren, Virginia area on Indeed.com revealed that there almost 400 job openings for cybersecurity-related positions.
“We feel that this new program will help prepare the next generation of IT professionals to contribute right away in the workforce,” says Dr. Marty Brooks, Academic Dean at Rappahannock Community College.
“With classes like ‘Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking’ and ‘Internet/Intranet Firewalls,’ graduates of this program will be well suited to make an impact at any organization which must have their data secured.”
Students will benefit from working with faculty like Prof. Lisa Carrington and others, who have years of experience in the IT field in this hands-on program.
Cohorts for this nine-credit program are forming now, and classes in RCC’s Fall 2018 semester begin on August 27.