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RIT Launches Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has launched a series of graduate-level courses in cybersecurity with edX, an online learning platform founded in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Beginning this March, students can partake in the RIT Cybersecurity MicroMasters program with edX. According to an RIT News report, the program was created to “provide learners with the expertise in network security and forensics needed for a cybersecurity position in enterprise environments. With the program, RIT is helping to meet the demand of a growing field that anticipates 6 million new cybersecurity jobs being created by 2019, according to Forbes.”

The program includes modules in:

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals;

  • Computer Forensics;

  • Cybersecurity Risk Management;

  • Network Security; and

  • A Cybersecurity Capstone.

Students will learn the fundamentals of networks, systems administration and how to protect computer networks and other systems against intrusions. They will learn technical skills, like how to set up and secure basic computer systems and networks, as well as methodologies and security frameworks. Upon completing the program, students receive a verified certificate and are eligible to apply to RIT’s Master of Science in Computing Security program.

"The shortage of skilled and qualified cybersecurity professionals is one of the biggest issues facing our internet-connected world today. RIT is helping to close this gap as a leader in computing security education. Professionals who gain the skills and tactics needed to defend against the next generation of security threats will be better prepared for careers at IBM and other organizations in the cybersecurity industry," commented Bob Kalka, vice president of IBM’s Security Business Unit.

MicroMasters programs are a series of accelerated and accredited graduate-level courses from top universities that are designed to advance career skills. This past September, RIT launched a MicroMasters in Project Management, and other universities around the globe are offering similar programs.  

The 40-week program will kick off on March 21. Enrollment is currently open.  

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Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at sravipati@1105media.com.

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