School of Engineering's Cybersecurity Lab Prepares Next Generation of Information Security Pros

School of Engineering's Cybersecurity Lab Prepares Next Generation of Information Security Pros

With a predicted growth of 31 percent through 2029, cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest-growing careers in the nation, according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fairfield’s flexible 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCYB) program offers students a hands-on learning experience using real-world applications in its state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab — an integral teaching and research facility created in partnership with Pulse Secure, the leading provider of Zero Trust Secure Access solutions.

The School of Engineering's cybersecurity lab is designed to enhance the complexity of MSCYB coursework, challenging students to collaboratively solve sophisticated problems, and equipping them with the critical thinking and technological skills needed to monitor, mitigate, and prevent online security threats.

“Security threats thrive off distraction, and working through stressful situations is an important part of the job. As such, our new lab prepares the next generation of cybersecurity professionals by providing them a realistic simulation of the many challenges they will encounter in the real world,” said Justin Hickey, Fairfield University's chief information security officer. “This lab is a critical step forward for the cybersecurity industry and we are thrilled to partner with Pulse Secure to teach the importance of secure access and Zero Trust principals.”

Fairfield University has long used award-winning Pulse Secure products for a variety secure access solutions. In the cybersecurity lab, the company's virtual private network (VPN) and network access control (NAC) support the cybersecurity curriculum and ensure a protected and observable class environment for MSCYB candidates as well as students in the School of Engineering's cybersecurity certificate program.  

With a predicted growth of 31 percent through 2029, information security jobs are among the fastest-growing careers in the nation, according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Information Security Analyst's Outlook. In addition to post-graduate studies in cybersecurity, Fairfield's School of Engineering has addressed this rapidly growing demand for skilled information security professionals across industries — from government to private sector and non-profit — by also offering core undergraduate cybersecurity courses and a cybersecurity minor through the Computer Science Department. 

For more information on Fairfield University’s MS in Cybersecurity program, visit fairfield.edu/mscyb.

For more information on Pulse Secure, please visit www.pulsesecure.net.

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