Hood’s Cybersecurity Program Recognized by Federal Agencies | Education

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Hood College cybersecurity students can apply for scholarships and research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies following redesignation from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense label lasts until 2027, after which Hood will need to reapply. To earn the designation, schools must go through a lengthy accreditation process, said George Dimitoglou, director of Hood’s cybersecurity program.

“It’s a validation of the rigor of our cybersecurity program,” Dimitoglou said. “This demonstrates our institutional commitment to academic excellence in the field of cybersecurity.”

Students graduating from Hood’s cybersecurity program will now have a head start in the job market, Dimitoglou said. Plus, it opens up new research opportunities for them while they’re still in school.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 33% increase in cybersecurity jobs over the next 10 years, a rate much higher than average. The NSA and DHS program aims to encourage similar growth in the number of programs that can prepare qualified candidates for these jobs, Dimitoglou said.

Hood’s cybersecurity program was launched in 2017. Schools aren’t eligible for academic excellence designation until their programs are at least three years old, Dimitoglou said, and it took about a year and a half. half to teachers to complete their application.

Students don’t need computer skills to get into Hood’s program, Dimitoglou said. They take courses in computer forensics, cryptography and ethical hacking, which is the process of finding vulnerabilities in a network in order to better protect it.

Dimitoglou said the program’s recognition was the “gold standard”.

“It opens many doors,” he said.

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