New initiative supports cybersecurity students through education and certification
TAMPA — The University of Tampa and (ISC)² ®, the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals, today announced an agreement naming UT as a new member of the (ISC)² Global Academic Program (GAP).
Through the agreement, (ISC)² will provide UT students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and industry certification they need to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce. This collaborative initiative is an important part of the GAP’s aim to establish a joint framework for industry-academic cooperation to bridge the workforce gap between the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals and the amount of skilled professionals entering the industry.
UT offers an undergraduate major and minor in cybersecurity. The program, which is offered in the AACSB-accredited Sykes College of Business, is built to provide hands-on experience in a modern, dedicated cybersecurity lab while preparing students for globally recognized professional certifications such as the SSCP® and CISSP®.
Frank Ghannadian, dean of the Sykes College of Business, said that UT cybersecurity students receive a state-of-the-art cybersecurity education as well as a strong business background, and that the partnership with (ISC)² will help to sustain that vision.
“We are preparing our students to be leaders who know how to effectively secure information and enterprise systems in today’s business environment,” Ghannadian said.
Jo Portillo, manager of (ISC)²’s GAP, added that this agreement with UT will allow (ISC)² to advance their vision to inspire a safe and secure cyber world by incorporating their CBK directly into the global academic community.
For more information about the (ISC)² GAP, visit www.isc2.org/academic/Default.aspx.
Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals worldwide, with nearly 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP®), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP®), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP®), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at www.isc2.org.
About The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 60 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.