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WGU Launches Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

News Brief - 4/12/17

New online, competency-based program will prepare IT professionals to safeguard infrastructure and secure data

NASHVILLE — To help meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals in today’s workforce, Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Tennessee, is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (BSCSIA) degree program. This new program, which includes important industry certifications, will prepare students to use knowledge and experience in risk management and digital forensics to safeguard infrastructure and secure data through continuity planning and disaster recovery operations.

“Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important industry, especially in Tennessee, where the need for technology expertise continues to grow,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “The program will equip our students with the skills they need to address the growing security challenges facing businesses today.”

Offered through WGU’s College of Information Technology, the BSCSIA was created in collaboration with industry and academic experts, ensuring that the coursework is relevant for today’s cybersecurity needs. Students can apply now and begin their BSCSIA program as early as June 1, 2017.

Coursework in WGU’s BSCSIA includes IT fundamentals, training in using software analysis techniques, web engineering, cloud management, and networking strategies to prevent, detect, and mitigate cyberattacks. This program also features nationally recognized, high-demand certifications in the field of cybersecurity from CompTIA, ISACA, Certified Internet Webmaster, and more, which BSCSIA students can earn at no additional charge.

“There is huge demand nationally for those who can navigate the increasingly important field of cybersecurity,” said WGU College of Information Technology National Director Myles Vogel. “Upon completion of WGU’s new BSCSIA degree program, graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and capabilities they need to succeed in the cybersecurity industry.”

The BSCSIA, like all WGU programs, is online and competency-based, allowing working professionals to study and learn on their own schedules and advance as soon as they demonstrate mastery of course materials. WGU’s affordable tuition of about $6,000 per year and flexible learning model make it possible for busy adult students to earn an accredited degree that includes industry certifications on a busy schedule.

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