By Rachel Gilinski, Social Media Manager
In partnership with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Katz School of Science and Health announced in a blog post on June 29, 2021 that they will be offering students the chance to earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity.
As a global learning organization focusing on technology, ISACA works with many other organizations, including academic institutions and nonprofits, to “develop a strong, ethical cybersecurity workforce,” as ISACA chief product officer Nader Qaimari phrased it in the announcement. ISACA offers educational, training, and professional development opportunities to their students, which aim to position graduates for success in the cybersecurity field.
The organization’s seminars, CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner certification, student membership discount, and networking and mentorship opportunities are some of the ways in which ISACA will benefit their prospective students. As Dr. Paul Russo, dean of the Katz School and vice provost, stated in the announcement, “The relationship with ISACA is an important opportunity for Yeshiva University students to network with industry professionals, as well as enable them to get industry-recognized cybersecurity certifications from a trusted global leader.”
The STEM Master’s Degree, which is projected to take less than two years to earn, will give students technological and managerial experience in the cybersecurity field. The rapidly-growing cybersecurity field demands rapidly-increasing amounts of cybersecurity professionals who have the ability to protect against evolving cyber threats and adhere to evolving cybersecurity regulations, and students of Katz School’s Cybersecurity Degree will graduate with these capabilities. The program will give students experience in cybersecurity protocols and procedures, covering communication strategies that encourage cyber-safety, software development, and threat analysis and mitigation, among others.
With the cybersecurity opportunity the Katz School now offers, and the hands-on experience and cybersecurity know-how it entails, there is no doubt that the partnership between ISACA and the Katz School of Science and Health really will be, as chapter president Karen Alexander phrased it, an “innovative and groundbreaking initiative.”