Emerging technology and advances in wireless communications have increased the nation’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks. One of the nation’s best cybersecurity education programs is MSU’s. Our innovative curriculum offers hands-on opportunities for students to learn both theoretical and practical applications – from anticipating and defending against viruses to disarming malware and derailing takeovers.
Classes reach beyond basic information and computer security to include digital forensics, cryptography, network security and security policy. These courses are enhanced by faculty members who hold U.S. government security clearances, some top secret. Students, too, may maintain security clearances, allowing for broader experience and research opportunities.
Graduates of our program experience 100 percent job placement.
These factors helped rank MSU third nationally in a Ponemon Institute Study on cybersecurity education. The institute conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy. The study was funded by Hewlett-Packard, a worldwide technology innovator.
The ranking builds on MSU’s distinguished designation as a center of academic excellence by the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. The university also holds National Center of Academic Excellence designations in information assurance education and research from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. MSU is the only institution of higher education in Mississippi to hold all three designations.
Components from the departments of computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and management and information systems contribute to the cutting-edge curriculum. The program leverages three information-technology research operations—MSU’s Center for Computer Security Research, National Forensics Training Center and Critical Infrastructure Protection Center. These facilities help provide real-world and hypothetical studies of the latest issues facing cybersecurity professionals.
In addition, the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute is part of a High Performance Computing Collaboratory at Mississippi State University. DASI brings together scientific and technical expertise from the private, public and academic worlds. The primary focus of the institute is to coordinate, facilitate and expand research activities in big data analytics, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.
Through the program, Mississippi State University is training top cybersecurity professionals and encouraging more young women toward careers in the field, with help from a capacity-building grant awarded in 2010.
Graduates have a broad range of potential career opportunities, including government service in support of national defense.
Potential employers such as the Central Intelligence Agency, Corps of Engineers, NSA, Defense Information Systems Agency, Army Intelligence Systems Command and others conduct private interview sessions on campus with students.