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Miami Dade College Combats Critical Shortage in Cybersecurity


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Miami Dade College Combats Critical Shortage in Cybersecurity

| 8/29/2019

Who hasn’t received that dreaded warning notification in their inbox telling them to change their password? It’s a far-too-common message as security breaches and hacks increasingly threaten the safety of users’ personal information. Hackers are breaking into servers and databases all over the world every minute of every day, and there aren’t nearly enough professionals with advanced training to combat them.

It’s estimated that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2020, according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education.

To address this critical shortage, Miami Dade College has launched specialized cybersecurity programs, boot camps and courses that, in tandem with MDC’s state-of-the-art training facility, the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, provide students with unprecedented hands-on experience.

In addition to providing the latest technology for training, including an ever-evolving Cyber Range, or virtual training platform created by worldwide security leader Cyber-
Bit, the center has a board of advisors made up of experts in the field.

“With the expertise of chief information security officers, security analysts and national advisors, we are able to incorporate the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs into our programs and training options,” said Antonio Delgado, dean of MDC’s School of Engineering, Technology and Design. “Having a direct line to
industry leaders also creates a pathway for our students to work for their companies as interns and mentees before they even graduate, and the organizations benefit by
having access to our resources such as the Cyber Range.”

From beginners looking to learn about cybersecurity to seasoned professionals with years of experience in the field, MDC offers a range of courses and programs.

Students who want to learn the ins and outs of cybersecurity can opt for a College Credit Certificate or Associate in Science in Cybersecurity, both launching in fall of 2019. They can further their education by following the cybersecurity concentration in MDC’s Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology.

Others who want to get a foot in the door to the industry may choose a more condensed course option, such as one of the certification boot camps offered at the center. These camps prepare students to take specific certification exams from
leading cybersecurity organizations including EC-Council, CompTIA, Cisco, CheckPoint, Splunk and more.

“The center’s Ethical Hacker certification boot camp has been especially sought after,” Delgado said.

Anyone studying cybersecurity at MDC has access to the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas and its Cyber Range. Even those who aren’t MDC students can take a course. Companies also can book blocks of time at the Cyber Range so their security teams can practice handling cyberthreats.

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