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Gordon Institute unveils cybersecurity certificate program with College of Business With sophisticated hackers targeting everyone from Sony and Target to the Pentagon and State Department, the demand for skilled workers in cybersecurity has skyrocketed in recent years. The jobs are not only plentiful, they are high paying, offering a median salary of $116,000 – nearly three times the nation’s median full-time wage. To meet the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy has collaborated with the College of Business to create an executive certificate program in cybersecurity leadership and strategy.

The two-day course, offers two tracks – private and public sector – targeting professionals in law, government, healthcare and other industries, as well as leaders and policymakers in national security, looking to defend their networks and secure their data against attack. The cybersecurity program has the endorsement of the Organization of American States, which has been helping to build cybersecurity capacity throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 10 years. “We have enlisted the support of top experts from OAS, Verizon, Microsoft and United Data Technologies, along with our FIU faculty, to create cybersecurity leaders in South Florida and among our partners in Latin America and the Caribbean,’’ said Brian Fonseca, director of the Gordon Institute, an expert in national security who oversaw development of the course . “In this time of growing global concern surrounding cybercrime, it is essential that we strengthen our resilience to the cyber threats of tomorrow.’’ FIU’s response to the demand for skilled cybersecurity workers is part of a larger national trend targeting cybercrime. “For businesses, the magnitude of cybersecurity threats has never been greater,” said Monica Chiarini Tremblay, associate professor and chair of the Information Systems and Business Analytics department at the College of Business and coauthor of a MOOC focusing on cybersecurity for businesses.

Training in cybersecurity will enable professionals to take on roles of increasing importance in a profession where demand for trained workers is at an all-time high.


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