Sacred Heart University’s School of Computer Science & Engineering has established a new bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, beginning in the fall semester.

Cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion per year by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Compromised data, stolen money and other costs have resulted in a boom in the cybersecurity industry, including millions of new jobs. The industry is growing so much, in fact, that its unemployment rate has dropped to zero. There even may be two million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2019, according to a study by McAfee.

Graduates of the new Bachelor’s of Cybersecurity program at Sacred Heart will be prepared for careers in the field as cybersecurity technicians, cyber-crime analysts and investigators, incident analysts and responders, IT auditors, security analysts, penetration and vulnerability testers and forensic investigators, among other specializations. The program also provides a platform for advanced studies and research in cybersecurity, as well as careers in fields such as information technology, business, law, health care and management.“Students wanting to join the cyber workforce to protect our critical information, systems and infrastructure against cyber-attacks will find this new cybersecurity program at Sacred Heart to be a rewarding and challenging experience,” said Sajal Bhatia, assistant professor and director of SHU’s Master’s in Cybersecurity program. “The program will focus on hands-on learning, with the help of traditional, lecture-based teaching.”

The program’s curriculum provides a computing-based foundation and covers a broad spectrum of concepts applicable to a range of cybersecurity specializations. Core courses provide the requisite body of knowledge regarding essential cybersecurity concepts and skills. These include incident response and risk management, web development in UNIX, intrusion detection and network forensics, malwareanalysis and reverse engineering, and others, including a capstone project and a cybersecurity practicum.

The curriculum contains sufficient flexibility to meet the in-demand domains identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in its National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. The curriculum also conforms to the latest recommendations from the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education in its recent version of Cybersecurity Curricula 2017—Curriculum Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs in Cybersecurity.

Once students in this program have developed sufficient depth of coverage in the core subjects, the curriculum provides opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge to a culminating design-and-implementation academic project or industry internship, either of which complements the curriculum’s analytical section. Besides the technical rigor, the program strongly emphasizes the socio-ethical aspects associated with the field.

“The program establishes the foundations for lifelong learning and development,” said Bhatia. “I encourage students to consider the many opportunities in this exciting field.”

For more information on the new bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, contact Bhatia at

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