Hudson County Community College and NJCU Announce Joint Cybersecurity Degree Program

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and New Jersey City University (NJCU) have signed an agreement creating a dual-admission cybersecurity program.

Beginning in September 2022, HCCC students can earn an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science-Cybersecurity at HCCC and progress to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity at NJCU.

According to today’s announcement, “Growing and evolving data breach, phishing, malware and ransomware threats have sparked new interest in the cybersecurity industry and its challenges. Cyberattacks cost an estimated $6 trillion worldwide every year Hackers target banks, colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, hospitals and individuals While cybercriminals access sensitive information and cripple networks victims are scrambling to protect their assets and regain control.

“We are proud to partner with New Jersey City University to prepare students for stable, well-paying careers that offer many opportunities for advancement and ultimately benefit the community,” said the president. from the HCCC, Dr Chris Reber.

“A cybersecurity degree will provide students with strong career skills and earning potential in a number of industries,” said NJCU President Dr. Sue Henderson. “We are excited to work with HCCC to transition students into our bachelor’s degree program, which is one of the few in the country to hold both cybersecurity and intelligence credentials. Students will learn from some of the discipline’s top security experts and come away with cutting-edge knowledge as well as hands-on experience.

“Employers across all industries are investing in cybersecurity, the fastest growing industry in the United States, with job growth projected at 31%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cybersecurity professionals work in education, energy, finance, healthcare, insurance, law enforcement, manufacturing, retail, etc. Their responsibilities include infrastructure development and maintenance security, preventing data breaches, analyzing and identifying potential risks, and implementing digital disaster recovery plans,” the press release reads.

“Hudson County Community College (HCCC) alumnus Stephen Cronin saw the issue as an opportunity for a career in cybercrime. The 2020 graduate of the HCCC cybersecurity program said his courses, especially network security and ethical hacking, gave him the skills and knowledge to succeed in a four-year university and in industry. He highly recommends the program to anyone interested in a career in technology or information security,” the announcement continues.

“There are no other institutions that offer this cutting-edge knowledge at such an affordable and accessible level, right here in our community,” said Cronin.

The schools claim that the HCCC Cybersecurity curriculum has been validated by the National Security Agency and provides instruction on computer programming, computer hardware organization and architectures, network security, cybersecurity, communications data and local networks. “Upon successful completion of the HCCC Computing-Cybersecurity Associate Degree, graduates will enter NJCU as fully enrolled students with junior status. The HCCC cybersecurity program also includes six-month internship opportunities where students put their training into practice at companies such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and BNY Mellon.

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Ryan H. Bowman