Barton launches cybersecurity program

With technology controlling almost every aspect of our lives, it’s no surprise that the field of cybersecurity is growing rapidly and Barton has responded to this trend by introducing its Cybersecurity program, which has begun enrolling students for the semester. Fall 2022 and is fully available. in line. In addition to this exciting development, the Computer Science program is now also available completely online.

Executive Director of Workforce Training and Economic Development, Mary Foley, said job prospects and demand for cybersecurity workers make developing a program attractive to the workforce. college and its students.

“According to the Kansas Occupational Outlook Report, job prospects in the information security field are on the rise and are expected to grow 15.6% by 2026, or about 1.5% per year,” she said. “The projected median salary is $66,880.”

Cybersecurity instructor, Dr. Robert Davis, has had a long career in several fields including military security, finance, and IT, as well as education in these fields. He said he’s excited to give students the tools they need to keep information safe for everyone.

“It is imperative that students have a toolkit of methods to reduce and eliminate the risk of cyberattacks and prepare them for jobs in cybersecurity,” he said. “This program will provide the student with information on how to achieve basic security objectives such as authentication, authorization, access control, confidentiality, data integrity and non- repudiation using secure systems and design principles.Students will learn about major security vulnerabilities that have occurred over the years, such as those compromising the data of large corporations including Target, JPMorgan Chase, Yahoo, and Equifax, and how to create countermeasures to defend against such attacks.

Davis said it’s important to realize the breaches aren’t just related to IT and finance. Utilities, energy and IT systems controlling literally everything can be vulnerable and cause major problems.

“Target’s major data security breach occurred after the network login credentials of Target’s third-party heating and air conditioning provider were stolen. is produced because hackers were able to break into Target’s HVAC system, so if your home settings are tied to your phone or other device and you can control your heating and air settings, turn on or off the lights or unlock your door, you need to worry about security.

In addition to the attractive salary, Davis said job security is another perk of a career in this field.

“According to an article in Cybercrime Magazine, by Steve Morgan in 2021, ‘There is a huge need for cybersecurity workers over the next decade. There were 3.5 million open cybersecurity positions in 2021. The Bureau of the United States of Labor Statistics predicts that information security analyst will be the tenth fastest growing occupation over the next decade, with a job growth rate of 31% from at an average growth rate of 4% for all occupations.

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