Emerging Domestic and Foreign Cyber Threats Fuel Launch of New Cybersecurity Programs at Excelsior College


Cybersecurity BA and MS degrees and certificate programs areideal for active duty personnel and veterans seeking new career paths; Excelsior also launches MBA Leadership Program

Albany, N.Y. (August 18, 2011) With President Barack Obama deeming cybercrime “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces,” the demand for cybersecurity expertise is escalating in business, government and the military.

In response, Excelsior College, a, nonprofit, regionally accredited distance learning institution headquartered in Albany, NewYork, has unveiled five new programs at the bachelors and masters level geared specifically to developing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. In addition, Excelsior has announced an MBA concentration in Leadership.

Technological progress over the past half century and especially since 9/11 has connected our government, business, military and our personal lives around high-speed computer networks, said Dr. Jane LeClair, dean of Excelsior Colleges School of Business and Technology. With escalating cybercrime threats, we must be vigilant in educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to defend our interests. At Excelsior College, were prepared to do our part with five new programs.

Excelsior College Cybersecurity Programs

The new cybersecurity curricula have broad coverage on strategies, policy, ethics and legal compliance, operational processes, techniques, and technologies that secure and protect sensitive information and information systems. Excelsior College will have five distinct tracks from which students may choose:

  • Bachelor of Science, Information Technology in Cybersecurity Technology. The curriculum focuses on ethics and legal compliances, operational processes, techniques, and technologies that secure and defend information and information systems.
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. Technology curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, and operational procedures that detect threats and secure information.
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity. This program provides professionals with advanced techniques and knowledge to manage and protect an organizations cyber assets. The program focuses on prevention, detection, countering and recovery from cyber incidents.
  • MBA in Cybersecurity Management. Using a multidisciplinary approach, this MBA concentration is designed to provide students with a broad analytical framework for evaluating and solving cybersecurity problems.
  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management. The graduate certificate in cybersecurity management evaluates strategies for societal responses to cybersecurity threats at enterprise, national and global levels. This program is designed for mid-career professionals who wish to help meet the challenges posed by increasing cyber threats.

Excelsior MBA with Leadership Concentration

  • MBA, Concentration in Leadership. This program focuses on conflict management, change management, leadership and contingency planning. Students can build on existing workplace knowledge and further their careerss through enhanced knowledge, understanding, and application of leadership principles in the professional setting.

Future Cybersecurity Demand

The demand for cybersecurity professionals should continue into the future and salaries should rise along with it. According to a benchmark study funded by Hewlett-Packard and carried out by the Ponemon Institute, an internet security research group, the median annualized average cost of cybercrime to the organizations that participated in the study was $5.9 million a 56 percent increase from the previous year. Recovery and detection were the most costly internal activities for the groups studied.

Hacker groups are also on the rise. LulzSec, one such group, recently staged a two-month global Internet attack, striking the CIA and FBI. The United States Senate security infrastructure and U.S. corporations such as Sony and Fox were also victimized, with the perpetrators stealing credit card numbers of thousands of individuals and publishing them online.

Dr. Michael Verro, criminal justice program director in Excelsiors School of Liberal Arts, said, From identity and information theft to sexual exploitation to cyberterrorism, both the public and private sectors are demanding highly-skilled, highly-trained specialists to act as deterrents. Our cybersecurity degree and certificate programs will provide multiple career pathways, both technical and analytical, toward developing and implementing effective defensive policies for both domestic and international cybercrime.

About Excelsior College

Excelsior College www.excelsior.edu is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.