The Department of Computing will admit its first cohort of undergraduate students to the Cybersecurity and Modern Networks concentration in fall 2021. To qualify, students must complete two years of foundational computer science courses at ETSU, therefore, students entering ETSU in fall 2019 will be the first group eligible for the CSMN concentration.
The announcement of ETSU’s new CSMN concentration follows an executive order issued by President Trump earlier this month calling for increased training and an expanded cybersecurity workforce. The Department of Computing has created a curriculum that stands out among other cybersecurity training programs.
“There are many of these types of programs available, but our emphasis on incorporating contemporary issues around modern network applications, IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud computing will make us unique,” says Dr. Tony Pittarese, chairman of the Department of Computing.
“We will focus on protecting our digital resources not only as it resides on computer systems but also as it travels from place to place.”
Coursework will cover secure coding, computer forensics, ethical hacking and other relevant cybersecurity issues. Pittarese says the curriculum was developed with input from local business leaders and alumni, and the concentration will have a selective admission process.
“We want to recruit the absolute best and brightest students to take advantage of the cybersecurity training,” he added.
Many classes will be co-taught by teams of ETSU faculty members and industry practitioners. Sections of the Millennium Center are being renovated in phases to accommodate the CSMN concentration, which will expand research opportunities and open doors for new partnerships with government agencies, such as the FBI, as well as law enforcement and business.
Upon graduation, students will have the skills necessary to anticipate, plan and manage threats to systems operation; plan for, respond to and recover from violations of system security; and implement secure and efficient modern networks.
The CSMN concentration is an additional asset to one of ETSU’s fastest-growing departments. Housed in the College of Business and Technology, the Department of Computing has grown 15 percent in the last two years.
ETSU is already among a small number of universities to have three programs under one roof, computer science, information systems and information technology, all accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Cybersecurity classes will be available to undergraduate and graduate students in other computing concentrations.
“There is high demand in this region and beyond for cybersecurity skills,” Pittarese says. “Even if you are training for a career as a programmer, you will still need to know elements of cybersecurity. It has grown from a profession to a practice everyone needs to know about.”
For more information about the Cybersecurity and Modern Networks concentration in ETSU’s Department of Computing, visit www.etsu.edu/cybersecurity or call 423-439-6406.