Albany, New York (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Excelsior College today announced five of the College’s programs have been certified by the National Security Agency to meet the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Training Standards.
To become certified, Excelsior’s programs had to meet six CNSS standards:
“This certification invites Excelsior College into an elite fraternity of academic institutions certified by our government's highest national security agency,” said Dr. Jane LeClair, dean of Excelsior College’s School of Business and Technology. "Web attacks costs businesses $114 billion annually, and with attackers targeting both people and technologies, it is essential we develop the next generation of cybertechnicians and those who can lead them.”
According to cyber experts, there will be a 22 percent growth in demand for cybersecurity professionals through 2020. Excelsior College has developed five academic programs at the undergraduate or graduate levels in cybersecurity to meet this demand:
These five programs form a comprehensive unit through which professionals are provided with cutting edge techniques and technology that are required to secure and defend sensitive and critical information of an organization. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach in the design of these programs, the curriculum covers various subjects such as cyber attack and defense, digital analysis, computer forensics, security policies and strategies, risk analysis, ethical and legal issues, operational processes, cyber crime, and more.
Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.