NSA Awards Esteemed Cyber Defense Certification to Roger Williams University

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At a time when the security of data is critical, Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island, has distinguished itself in the field. The school has received recognition from the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Centre of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. This accolade showcases RWU’s commitment to delivering excellent education in cybersecurity. The university is dedicated to ensuring that students receive top-notch and recognized training for future roles in this important area.

Addressing the Growing Need for Cybersecurity Experts

According to Shakour Abuzneid, the director of the university’s cybersecurity program, RWU has had its program rigorously examined and praised for its mix of theoretical knowledge and practical learning. These two pillars help RWU graduates excel in various cybersecurity roles. The demand for competent cybersecurity professionals shows no signs of slowing down, with an expected deficit of qualified individuals until at least 2025. The global openings for cybersecurity jobs have shot up from 1 million in 2013 to around 3.5 million in 2023. This shows strong growth in this sector. This growth is also apparent in Rhode Island.

Addressing Workforce Needs through Innovative Programs

RWU has not been idle in the face of this urgent need. The University offers a range of versatile online graduate programs. It is also actively seeking women and underrepresented groups. As part of its curriculum, it includes subjects such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and cloud computing. The school’s combined graduate degree in cybersecurity and law deals precisely with the complex problems pertaining to cybercrimes and cyberwarfare.

Building Relationships with Industry for Practical Experience

Outside of its classrooms, RWU has formed alliances with various East Coast companies, which include FM Global, Raytheon, and Mass General Brigham’s Hospital. These partnerships provide students with invaluable internships and also help fulfill the industry’s needs for talented professionals. RWU’s future plans include the development of more interdisciplinary cybersecurity programs that combine computer science, criminal justice, forensic science, law, and other fields. The goal is to prepare students with a wide range of skills that meet the constantly changing requirements of the cybersecurity industry.


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