Dunwoody College of Technology adds two-year Cybersecurity bachelor’s completion program

Graduates will be prepared for sought-after cybersecurity professions at corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations

MINNEAPOLIS – (Feb. 5, 2019) – Dunwoody College of Technology, a private, non-profit institution of higher education and the pioneer, technical college in the Midwest, today announced the addition of a Cybersecurity (CYBR) bachelor’s completion program, beginning in Fall 2019.

With the growing risk of keeping information private – companies, organizations, and government agencies are all in critical need of cybersecurity professionals. In Minnesota alone, the need for these professionals is expected to grow by 24 percent during the next seven years, according to CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. This is due, in part, to an increased number of global data breaches, the omnipresence of Cloud-hosted intel and sophisticated hacker attacks.

“Dunwoody recognizes the demand for a strong awareness of cybersecurity in today’s Information Technology (IT) professionals,” said Rob Bentz, Dean of Computer Technology at Dunwoody. “This new program will prepare students to successfully prevent, troubleshoot, and mitigate security issues on any number of computing devices, a hot and high-paying commodity in today’s job market.”

The four-semester program consists of all-evening courses taught in a lecture and lab format, designed for working professionals who have a two-year degree in computer networking and are looking to build upon those skills. Coursework will include systems and software security, scripting for cyber professionals, forensics for networks and operating systems, cyber warfare, business for cybersecurity, data protection laws and risk mitigation.

Throughout the program, students will develop the skills needed to monitor, harden, defend, and diagnose systems, networks and programs. Hands-on projects, including cyberattack simulations, will provide direct experience applying learned techniques.

“At Dunwoody, we pride ourselves on preparing students for the real world, and our new Cybersecurity offering is no different,” Bentz said. “Students with no prior work experience will be fully prepared for entry-level positions in data, information and network security, and those with existing experience in networking and programming will enhance their awareness of cybersecurity to further advance in their careers.”

Cybersecurity is the latest addition to the College’s existing Computer Technology programs, which continue to offer training in two main areas: computer networking and web development. Both degree tracks directly transfer into a bachelor’s completion option in Computer Systems Analysis, for those interested in a more general IT degree.

This program is seeking National Security Agency accreditation and will maintain Dunwoody’s (on average) 11.1 job inquiries per graduate.

Fall classes will begin Aug. 19, with a first graduating class in May 2021. For more information about Dunwoody’s latest offerings or to enroll, visit www.dunwoody.edu or call (612) 374-5800.

About Dunwoody

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Having provided hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, Dunwoody is the college for experimenters and makers, a place where the curious and the confident learn by doing. Located in Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers a unique campus experience in dedicated labs, studios, and shops that treats students like future professionals from day one. With certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees in more than 45 majors – including engineering, robotics, design and other STEM-related fields – Dunwoody challenges students to come determined and graduate destined.

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