Almost two-thirds of young Americans, according to the 2014 Raytheon-NCSA Millennial Survey, are unsure about what the “cybersecurity” profession actually is. However, the demand for cybersecurity-related occupations is booming. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs as information security professionals are expected to grow by 53 percent in the next four years.
The Pace Cybersecurity Academic Partnership (PCAP), a program led by Dr. Li-Chiou Chen, Professor and Chair of the IT Department in Westchester, aims to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals through partnerships with area community colleges, utilizing support from the National Science Foundation. This year PCAP welcomes Orange County Community College as a new partner! As of Spring 2015, PCAP is proud to now include seven partner colleges!
PCAP supports numerous activities for both students and faculty from partner colleges, including an annual, student cybersecurity workshop. Twenty-two enthusiastic students from five area colleges attended the PCAP Student Cybersecurity Workshop held on Friday, March 27th at the Pace Graduate Center in White Plains. The full-day event was filled with presentations by Seidenberg faculty on topics ranging from mobile forensics to web security and biometrics. The students were also introduced to various academic and career opportunities, as well as to co-curricular activities that could contribute to expanding their knowledge, skills, abilities, and professional network. Among these activities is the PCAP Student Summer Research Program, which pairs students from partner colleges with faculty and students from Pace to work on mini-research projects in one of the following areas: computer forensics, web security or biometrics.
Many thanks to professors Li-Chiou Chen, Andreea Cotoranu, Darren Hayes, Charles Tappert, as well as Seidenberg students James Ossipov and Anthony Martini for all their contributions to the 2015 PCAP Student Cybersecurity Workshop.
If you are interested in exploring cybersecurity as an education/career option, register for cybersecurity-related courses in Fall 2015! A list of cybersecurity-related courses offered by the Seidenberg School is available here; please note that not all courses listed will be offered in Fall 2015
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying cybersecurity and working for the local, state or federal government, consider applying for the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service.