Mount offers new cybersecurity concentration for IT majors

July 17, 2017

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 companies.

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.