Oakland University offers cybersecurity degree
Recently, Crains Detroit Business, posted an article about Oakland University offering a degree in cybersecurity.
Oakland University is offering a new cybersecurity program to graduate students that could also prove to be an asset for the auto industry and other businesses.
The new program is aimed at students who have received a bachelor's degree in fields such as computer science, information technology or engineering and are interested in the cybersecurity industry or research.
"The overall goal of the program is to provide students with the background knowledge in theory and practice to understand current cybersecurity threats, but more importantly to be able to understand, adapt and develop new techniques to confront emerging threats," Huirong Fu, a professor at Oakland University and the program coordinator, said in a news release.
The master's program, which includes 16 credits of core classes and 16 credits of in-depth coursework with an optional master's thesis, is offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and is a collaboration of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Business Administration's Department of Decision and Information Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. Some core courses will be in computer network security, host computer security, and information security.
According to the website, the courses will expose students to state-of-the-art tools and techniques for identifying threats to networking infrastructure, computer systems and the data and information flowing through the system.
"The program will prepare our graduates to face the futuristic security-related challenges emerging from our internet-connected world, the rapid adoption of mobile devices and the ever increasing role of software applications in our daily life," Fu said.
Additionally, there will be two tracks in the program a student can follow — a research side and a professional side — both of which will require 32 credits to graduate. Fu said that she expects about 25 students to enroll in classes in the first year of the program, which starts in the fall.
Companies looking to protect data and information systems may need to add cybersecurity employees to their staffs, and these jobs may pay well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median information security analyst's pay for 2015 was $90,120, and in Michigan the average was $85,610. Nationally, the number of jobs in this role is expected to increase 18 percent between 2014 to 2024.
Some companies are even paying hackers to help them improve their cybersecurity. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles became the first mass-market automaker to join Tesla Motor Inc. in offering money to hackers who can identify security flaws in their cars. FCA offers between $150 and $1,500 and Tesla between $100 and $10,000 per software error found. Other companies such as AT&T and United Airlines also offer compensation to hackers who can expose security flaws on their websites to the company.
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