Norfolk State is offering a new online course this fall . . . the master’s degree in cybersecurity. The largest cyber-security breach in U.S. history took place earlier this year when hackers gained access to personnel records in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The FBI reported that more than 18 million current, former and prospective federal workers’ personal information was impacted by a cyber-breach . . . almost triple the number that was first released. As the use of computers has increased so has crime and attacks involving the use of computers. The need for cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high.
These professionals attempt to protect information technology assets such as databases, operating systems and networks. Cyber threats cost businesses and private citizens billions of dollars a year.
To help meet the demand for highly trained and well qualified cybersecurity professionals, Norfolk State is leading a $25 million effort, funded by the Department of Energy, to create a workforce development program to produce cybersecurity professionals in significant numbers.
The M.S. in cybersecurity is designed to focus on computer security and to increase the pool of well-educated security professionals. Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge to defend against cyber threats directed toward the USA. In addition, students will be prepared to provide needed cybersecurity services to U.S. agencies and organizations. Students will not only be trained to defend against cybersecurity attacks but also to use digital forensics to identify attackers.