Champlain College unveils an Information Security degree program

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College is offering a new Information Security degree that will put students on the front line of the information technology battlefield. Students will learn to fend off information loss and computer intrusions–including threats from nefarious hackers, debilitating viruses, stealthy Trojan Horses and denial-of-service attacks.Starting in the fall, the program joins Champlains Computer Networking and Computer & Digital Forensics programs to create a unique and comprehensive team of undergraduate offerings in this dynamic IT arena. Information Security professionals keep undesireables out of their networks, said program director Gary Kessler, when describing the difference between the programs. Computer forensics professionals investigate the problem once someone has gotten in.A bachelors degree and a seven-course professional certificate will be introduced in the fall. These will also be available online in the coming academic year so working professionals can attend class via the Internet. Some of the new courses include Software Security, Web Security, Securing the Enterprise Network, Business of Information Security and the Information Security Senior Project.New lab tools will allow for infowar exercises; teams of students will build servers and try to protect them from another team that is trying to attack the server.Champlains InfoSec program takes an innovative approach by first allowing students to earn an associates degree in Computer Networking before earning their bachelors degree in Information Security. Were going to make sure people are knowledgeable about administering networks and then well teach them how to secure them, said Kessler, a nationally recognized security expert. It will make our students far more aware of what they are securing.Our graduates will be able to switch hit between network administration and information security–and we believe that will make them desirable in the workforce, Kessler said.The need for educated information security professionals is borne out by hard data. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, IT positions are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2012. Early career paths upon graduation include information security manager, network security administrator, firewall administrator and information privacy officer.What we are seeing is more information technology in the business place: cheaper prices leading to more computer equipment, more computers leading to an increased requirement to build networks, and more networks leading to increase vulnerability and exposure of information and information systems, Kessler said.Jobs are found in both the private and public sectorsincluding positions related to homeland security. All of our countrys critical infrastructures have technology vulnerability, Kessler said. The need for trained professionals is spelled out in The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, published by the White House in February 2003. This document lists five information security priorities, and the third priority is training programs. In addition, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants named information security as the top technology affecting the accounting profession, noting that it is an integral part of how America does business today.Jobs in this field are all but guaranteed to not be shipped overseas due to several factors, Kessler said, including the need to get assistance on the premises quickly, in addition to very real national security concerns.Chris Pache, a Champlain College student from Rindge, N.H., with a penchant for networking, will transfer into the new program. I like learning about detection and prevention, he said. I used to try to see how my files got infected and how I could have avoided it.Pache is used to having dormmates come to him with computer problems and he thinks his skills will serve him well in the future. I think quality network administrators with security knowledge are in high demand, he said.More information on the new program is found by visiting is external) or by calling Champlain College at 800/570-5858. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented college with 1,700 full-time and 850 part-time students.# # #last_img

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