Assumption Announces New Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Program

Thursday, May 31, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Business Team

Assumption announces new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program
Assumption College has announced that it will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program starting in the fall of 2018.

“Cyberspace is a dynamic and evolving ecosystem, with complex, multifaceted networks that connect individuals, organizations and national and international entities. However, cyberspace's expansion presents new weaknesses to exploit, making it vulnerable to intrusion and exploitation. Cyber threats and vulnerabilities have grown exponentially with the explosion of technology and connectedness, affecting individuals, organizations, and nations alike. Through a new major in cybersecurity, Assumption College will train the next generation of individuals who will seek to thwart and respond to cyber threats and attacks,” said Assumption College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Louise Carroll Keeley, Ph.D.

The college has hired University of Maine Fort Kent Professor of Computer Science Raymond Albert, Ph.D. as the director of the program.

A search committee led by Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Chair Joe Alfano, Ph.D., and department faculty unanimously recommended Prof. Albert for the director post.

”It is an exciting and fulfilling time to be engaged in the cybersecurity field. The field is growing at a rate expected to exceed that of technological advancement itself. Correspondingly, the demand for highly qualified cybersecurity professionals continues to far surpass availability. I very much look forward to joining the Assumption family and exploring mutually rewarding collaborative opportunities to firmly establish a quality academic program that will provide the best possible cybersecurity education to its students,” said Prof. Albert.

The Program

The curriculum for the new program is designed to meet the standards outlined by the National Security Agency and U.S. Department for Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Academic Excellence credential.

Assumption’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity offers a technology-based education, using methods in computing and information science, engineering, social science and technology management that also foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the digital information economy.

The degree program is made up of 18 required courses: five courses in computer science and statistics; eight cybersecurity core courses; and five advanced courses in cybersecurity, including a capstone project in cybersecurity leadership, and an independent project or internship.

About Albert

Professor Albert holds a B.A. from the University of Maine, Fort Kent; an M.S. from the University of Vermont; a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida in instructional technology; and a post-graduate certificate in information assurance/security from Purdue University. 

Albert serves as a Major in the Civil Air Patrol; member of the Association of Small Computer Users in Education; reader for advanced placement computer science exams; and proposal evaluator for EDUCAUSE’s annual conference.

He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education; Association for Educational Communications and Technology; National Computer Science Honor Society; Association of Computing Machinery; and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.

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