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HAMMOND – Purdue University Northwest will offer a bachelor of science degree in cybersecurity, pending approval from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

PNW students currently enrolled in the Computer Information Technology degree program with a concentration in Cybersecurity will be eligible to transfer to the new Cybersecurity degree.

Since 2014, the U.S. Department of HHomeland Security and the National Security Agency have jointly designated PNW as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense Training for its Computer Information Technology program.

The bachelor’s degree will help undergraduate students acquire technical skills to protect networks, systems, programs, and data from criminal or unauthorized use.

The offer also comes amid strong labor demand in the Chicago metro area. According to a PNW press release, “The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted in 2020 that national cybersecurity jobs will grow 33% through 2030. The Department of Workforce Development- Indiana workforce predicted an almost 26% increase in cybersecurity jobs between 2018 and 2028.”

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Students work in a computer lab at Pudue University Northwest.


“Purdue University Northwestern ccontinuously evaluates how we can serve in-demand educational and career interests,” Kenneth C. Holford, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in a press release. “Transitioning some of our current cybersecurity offerings to a four-year degree will help PNW recruit and prepare new classes of well-trained cybersecurity tech students who will be in high demand by employers in this burgeoning field. growth. As an affordable, high-quality metropolitan university, PNW will also provide a significant financial advantage through this degree program over other institutions near and in Indiana.

The Cybersecurity concentration with the Bachelor of Computer Information Technology has grown significantly from its first offering in 2019 through Spring 2022.

Keyuan Jiang, professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphic Design, pointed out the great interest. Currently, there are 81 students in the concentration; it started with nine.

With the pandemic, Jiang said, the technology has become even more relevant. The demand for jobs in information technology is increasing and more and more institutions are concerned about cyberattacks.

He said he regularly sees several IT job postings and companies asking for help in the field.

PNW is the only in-person four-year public institution offering the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity in the Chicago metro area. Jiang mentioned that there are not many programs with this degree in the region that are affordable.

“I’m very excited to see this happen,” Jiang said. “We have a great chance of being approved to offer this program.”

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