Although we usually don’t advise getting undergrad infosec degrees, some may want to take advantage of this new program by the University of Maryland (UMD). Ideally though, we’d prefer to see students obtain traditional engineering and computer science degrees in undergrad and then maybe focus on infosec as part of a masters or Ph.D. program after a few years out in the field. Now we’re not for totally ignoring infosec in undergrad – ideally, security would be incorporated into those traditional classes as well. Students need to understand the fundamentals first followed by a few years of practical experience. With that strong foundation, they’ll then be the most ready to begin their focus on infosec. Or you can just say screw it and apply for UMD’s new program. 😉
The University of Maryland and Northrop Grumman have partnered to launch a landmark cybersecurity honors program for undergraduate students.
The program, Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES), will engage the best and brightest of students and teach them critical cybersecurity techniques to solve real-world problems.
“The idea is to challenge the best minds to be solvers of cybersecurity problems,” says Dr. Michael Hicks, director for the Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland.
Forty-five students for the ACES program will be hand-picked from inter-disciplinary programs such as computer science, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Students will need top grades and strong technical background to be selected.
Do you think an undergraduate level infosec program is a good idea or is it better suited for postgraduates? Post your comments below. Today’s post pic is from NBISE.org.