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New Cybersecurity Degree Program Designed to Fill Workforce Needs

By USA Today

July 20, 2010



The University of Maryland University College is reporting robust response to a first-of-its kind cybersecurity degree program scheduled to commence this fall. The coursework will be completely online, so anyone in the U.S. can participate. And studies are geared for older students already holding down jobs.

Graduates will be trained to defend against elite cyberattackers, both from a technical and policy-setting standpoint.

"The workforce shortages in this field are at a critical stage," says Dr. Susan Aldridge, UMUC president. "We have a unique opportunity to provide an education in an area where there are jobs for graduates and where we can help advance the new field of cybersecurity."

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