SHOW LOW — Almost daily there are news reports of another major security breech at a major retailer, financial institution or governmental agency, exposing personal information about thousands of people to potential fraud.
Protecting an organization’s network, computers and data is the job of information security specialists. Yet, in the United States, there are currently over 200,000 unfilled information security jobs, with a projected worldwide shortfall of 1.5 million openings by 2019.
To help train skilled workers for these high-demand positions, Northland Pioneer College is launching a new Cybersecurity degree and certificate program this fall. “NPC will be the first community college in Arizona offering a full Cybersecurity program, with seven courses focusing on the performance indicators for security specialists recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),” notes Eric Bishop, chair and professor of Computer Information Systems. “Students completing the NPC degree program will meet or exceed the knowledge, skills and abilities required for cybersecurity workers.” Initially the program will be based at the Show Low – White Mountain Campus, with plans to take the program and courses totally online within three years.
Bishop is hosting an open house to provide more in-depth information about the new program on Tuesday, April 25, starting at 6 p.m., in the Ponderosa Center Symposium Room on the Show Low campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs.
“The program’s foundational course, Information Security Fundamentals (CIS 130), will be offered this fall on Thursday evenings, 6 to 8:30, starting August 24,” notes Bishop. “If an individual has computer experience, I can waive the prerequisite Computer Applications and Information Technology (CIS 105) course or allow the student to take it concurrently with the Fundamentals course.”
Registration for the fall semester opens April 24, with most classes beginning the week of August 21. For a list of available classes, visit www.npc.edu/class-schedule, or stop by any of NPC’s nine locations in Navajo or Apache county to discuss your education and career goals with an academic adviser.
For additional information about the Cybersecurity or other Computer Information System programs, contact Eric Bishop, 532-6153, or email.
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