Protect and Combat

Email scams, high-profile company data breaches, identity thefts and personal account information leaks are among the cybercrimes that keep company CEOs and consumers alike awake at night. To combat these cybercriminals, companies are turning to professionals with the skills and knowledge to protect our digital information. And Washtenaw Community College is training the next generation of these cyber sleuths and cyber sheriffs to protect our computers, networks and programs and data from attacks, damage and unauthorized access.

According to a Forbes report, the cybersecurity field is expected to grow from a $75 billion industry in 2015 to a $170 billion industry by 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts information security analyst to experience an 18 percent job growth increase by 2024.

WCC launched the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Cybersecurity program in the Fall semester in response to the overwhelming demand for skilled employees in this field.

“WCC has a long history of being in the forefront of providing quality education in the field of information technology to residents of Washtenaw County and beyond,” said program advisor Michael Galea, a faculty member in WCC’s Computer Information Systems department. “With this associate degree, the College is providing the opportunity for our students to pursue either an entry-level position in network security or to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their education.”

In the new cybersecurity program, students receive an introduction to the skills and strategies to plan and carryout security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Students learn networking and network security skills using server, infrastructure and perimeter technologies in Linux operating systems, Cisco infrastructure and perimeter devices and Microsoft operating systems.

Learn more at: WCCNET.EDU


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