Marquette’s nationally recognized cyber security programs look to fill talent pipeline

Learn more about the university’s efforts at Dec. 7 open house

By Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek, director, Marquette University Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense

In the past few days we’ve heard about another massive cyber security intrusion that affects many of us: Hotel giant Marriott announced a colossal hack that impacted as many as 500 million customers who made reservations at their properties.

No doubt, the hotel giant is using its best and brightest to identify ways to prevent their customers’ information from being stolen again. It’s a daunting task, and qualified experts are working tirelessly on Marriott’s behalf to minimize the risk that this occurs again.

Across the country, the emergence of the digital economy and cyber threats has led to a never-before-seen gap in cyber professionals who can analyze threats, discover dangerous action and thwart adversaries.

Wisconsin and the United States vitally needs more people to enter this lucrative career. At Marquette, we are working to train cyber professionals to solve these problems effectively. We’d love for you to consider our exciting programs — we have plenty of exciting options.

Our Master of Science in Computing program is ranked 18th nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 list of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs. We have three specializations: Information Assurance and Cyber Defense; Big Data and Data Analytics; and COSMIC, which prepares people with non-computing undergraduate degrees to be successful in the program and cross over to work in the computing field.

Our specialization in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense is designed to train students in security planning and management, and cyber issues and defenses for networks, databases, and computing infrastructure. This specialization prompted the U.S. National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to recently designate Marquette as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

Please join us to learn more about Marquette’s efforts when we host an open house on Friday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Cudahy Hall 145, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave. We’ll be introducing the Cyber Start Program, a new initiative from Wisconsin’s Department of Administration to offer training to students to learn more about cyber security.

Wisconsin officials are looking to identify raw talent and offer internships that include education on the knowledge and skills for a career. There are 11 internships identified and the number is growing as companies sign up to this unique program.

State officials and local employers will be at the open house to talk about their need to find people qualified to work in cyber security awareness and cyber defense, and to discuss this exciting new state program.

No RSVP is required. We are looking forward to providing the information you need to learn more about these programs.