by Kathleen Dolan
Christine Jackson ’20, ’24 SGS, who graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in human services, will be one of the first students in Chestnut Hill College’s new Master of Science in Cybersecurity online program.
The program, one of the first of its kind in the Philadelphia area, affords students the opportunity to study under leading cybersecurity experts and acquire the skills needed to embark on a successful career in one of the country’s most critical and fastest-growing job sectors.
The College recently spoke with Jackson about her educational interests and her career aspirations. Below is the interview:
CHC: What determined your choice to major in criminal justice at CHC?
CJ: Hearing such great things about CHC’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program sparked my interest as a working mother of four. This was a great fit, which accommodated my work schedule.
What did you enjoy about it?
The small class settings, the accessibility of the professors as well as the academic advisors who were instrumental with helping me when I had many questions or concerns with staying on track.
Why did you decide to pursue a master’s degree in cybersecurity? And why at CHC?
The internet has become a criminal’s open doorway to victimizing innocent individuals that are not familiar with the many hidden agendas and the lengths they will go through to steal someone’s identity and life savings in the blink of an eye. Also, the staggering numbers of individuals becoming victims of internet bullying — which my daughter became a victim of — hit close to home. Cyber crimes have always been around; however, there is an inadequate amount of individuals to bring these criminals to justice.
What do you hope to do with the degree?
I would love to educate elder adults and grade school children on the dangers of the internet as well as educating them on all the internet has to offer, if used properly.
How would you describe the role this curriculum and profession play in today's workplace and society? Why is this study important?
Being aware of many hidden dangers that could cost your company thousands of dollars should you fall victim to cyber criminals is the most valuable asset you could provide to your employer, to your business, and to all who use the internet frequently without falling or becoming the next victim.