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Aug. 7: Master's Degree in Cybersecurity Approved

Monday, August 7, 2017

FREDERICK, Maryland—The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved Hood College to begin its Master of Science in Cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is the ability to protect or defend the use of cyberspace from cyber attacks. It is an emerging discipline focused on the development of methods and techniques for the protection of data, information, systems, networks and infrastructural assets.

Hood’s cybersecurity program is a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology. The goals of the program are to provide students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity.

“Students will learn about computer forensics, defending networks and firewalls, and configuring and deploying new systems,” said George Dimitoglou, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hood.

Hood’s 30-credit cybersecurity master’s degree builds on the College’s existing MHEC-approved graduate certificate in cybersecurity. This master’s program is designed for technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. The structure of the program allows students to enter the program from different disciplines and provides a common foundation and robust subject matter training necessary in today’s cybersecurity job market. The degree will expand upon the considerable expertise, curriculum and laboratory facilities already available in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

“Our new cybersecurity program is designed to work with local technology companies and government organizations,” said Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

The program culminates with a highly distinctive, team-based capstone project, linked to local industry and government partners. Students will work with faculty and partners to develop suitable research and project questions; collect data; design systems; develop software, protocols, methods and techniques; synthesize their findings or work artifacts into a final product; and present their findings to the partners and scholarly venues.

The degree is designed to address the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) 2.

For more information, visit the M.S. in Cybersecurity program or contact Dimitoglou at 301-696-3980 or