MAC Cybersecurity Program Named “Center of Academic Excellence” by NSA
The select designation is awarded to US colleges and universities who meet the NSA and DHS’ rigorous standards for cybersecurity teaching and awareness. It recognizes colleges whose programs fall in line with rigorous expectations for instruction and support.
The Mount is one of the only 4-year programs in Blair/Cambria counties with this designation.
Mount Aloysius College provides students a unique hands-on learning cyber experience with real world applications. Our dedicated Cybersecurity lab includes virtual environments that can be used for classes, competitions, demonstrations, testing and research. In addition to the physical lab space, students utilize the Mount Virtual Lab and the Mount Mini Lab, a portable and scalable lab. Students leverage both Windows and Linux environments, vulnerable applications and websites for testing purposes. Our cyber defense team uses these environments to prepare for cyber competitions and challenges. Our program is under the instruction of diverse faculty with years of professional, government and/or military experience. Courses are offered in the classroom as well as in hybrid and fully online formats.
The increase in cyber-attacks today has led to an urgent demand for more experienced and qualified workforce to protect networks and information systems.
According to Forbes, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.
Cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000, which is nearly three times the national average (Source: National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies https://niccs.us-cert.gov/cybersecurity, DHS).
The following content labels and related descriptions delineate the areas of development expected as a result of completing the program:
Fundamental Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of core cybersecurity principles.
Cyber Defense – Students will demonstrate knowledge of threat mitigation and will demonstrate the ability to apply cyber defense methods to a system to repel attacks.
Digital Forensics – Students will demonstrate knowledge in the rules, laws, policies, and procedures that affect digital forensics and demonstrate the ability to use one or more common digital forensic investigation tools.
Media Analysis – Students will describe methods and approaches for forensic analysis on specified media, and demonstrate the ability to extract and analyze recovered data using a variety of forensically-sound techniques.
Device and Network Analysis – Students will demonstrate the ability to use common tools to analyze and decipher network traffic, identify anomalous or malicious activity, and provide a summary of the effects on the system.
Coding Against Crime
Want to learn in a cutting edge cybersecurity lab from faculty that have worked in the field, not just in the classroom?
The US Department of Defense offers a scholarship for sophomore, junior, and senior cybersecurity students who are US citizens over the age of 18 and are interested in working for the government for at least one year. For more information, check out the Department of Defense’s scholarship website.