July 17, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College’s Division of Mathematics and
Information Technology now offers a cybersecurity concentration for
undergraduate IT majors.
The information technology major with a cybersecurity
concentration provides comprehensive coverage of technical,
ethical, legal, and contemporary topics in the field. The
concentration offers theoretical and hands-on skills to identify
and mitigate security vulnerabilities in software applications,
operating systems, computer networks, the internet, and mobile
networks, as well as an insider understanding of the mathematical
algorithms behind encryption and decryption techniques.
The concentration builds a foundation in the cybersecurity field
with courses in programming, databases, and computer networking.
Graduates of the concentration will have the technical and
managerial skills to work in IT departments or computer security
There is an increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity
professionals in the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics, more than 200,000 cybersecurity-related jobs
remained unfilled in 2016, which is projected to grow by 18 percent
by the year 2024. The median annual wage for an information
security analyst was above $90,000 in 2016.
A concentration in cybersecurity can lead to careers in
technology, security software, defense, government, teaching,
e-commerce, banking, finance, business, and more.
Mount IT students have interned with IBM, Google, Travelers
Insurance, UPS, Marvel, RAL, and area businesses and schools.
In addition to the new cybersecurity concentration, the Mount’s
Division of Mathematics and Information Technology recently
introduced a BA in mathematics with an actuarial science
concentration. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial
theory to study uncertain future events, particularly those that
are insurable. The concentration includes courses in economics,
business, finance, and mathematics, giving students a strong
foundation to solve problems involving risk assessment, risk
mitigation, and management. Career options for actuaries include
insurance companies, consulting firms, or government agencies in
many different areas.