Chestnut Hill College has partnered with cybersecurity experts in various fields to offer an exciting curriculum including theoretical, hands-on and internship experiences with the latest hardware and software.
The cybersecurity field is expected to grow by 35 percent over the next five years with the demand for trained professionals outpacing the supply. This is the perfect time to pursue a degree in this lucrative field.
Cybersecurity is a professional field that focuses on the protection, prevention, monitoring, and investigation, of unauthorized access of computer and network systems. This can include the theft of data such as personal or proprietary information, damaged to software or hardware systems, and the disruption, interception or misdirection of technology services.
CHC has partnered with cybersecurity experts from both industry and government agencies to develop and implement the new cybersecurity curriculum. These experts will also serve as adjunct professors and help develop the students' understanding of cybersecurity trough hands-on experience. This will allow cybersecurity students to receive training in today's technology laden environment by interacting not only with real-world experts, but with the actual hardware and software that is being used daily in the workplace. In the program, students will also be afforded the opportunity to obtain industry certifications after certain courses, and to engage in service wok using cybersecurity skills.
Our program was developed using standards recommended by the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) and National Infrastructure for Cyber Security Education (NICE) framework. The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program. The goal of these programs is to increase the capacity of the United States to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.
Demand for cybersecurity experts is very high. Government and businesses in the United States need skilled workers to defend digital assets, infrastructure and privacy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security is projected at 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations. It is predicted that there will not be enough skilled workers to fill all positions. Entry level salaries with a four-year degree are $50-60K and senior/management salaries are well over $100K.
Computer Science and Information Department
Instructor of Digital Forensics Program
Our college also hosts the Annual Cyber Security and Forensics Conference at our SugarLoaf Campus. This renowned conference is co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill College HTCIA Student Chapter and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
Our conference centers on investigations, apprehensions and methodologies associated with the newest breed of high tech criminals.
The conference is also a gathering place for members from the Philadelphia Women and Cyber Security group. Women make up only %11 of the cybersecurity workforce and with such low representation, the Philadelphia Women Cyber Security group advocates for and assists women as they navigate through the cybersecurity industry.