East Stroudsburg University to offer BS in Computer Security degree in Fall 2002

H. Morrow Long morrow.long at yale.edu
Wed Aug 1 15:45:45 GMT 2001


[ From SECURITY BEAT, VOL. 1, NO. 22, July 31, 2001 ]

PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITY OFFERS REVOLUTIONARY DEGREE

A Pennsylvania university will offer a bachelor's degree in computer security, training students to protect computer systems from hackers. 

The program at East Stroudsburg University, billed as the first undergraduate major of its kind in the country, will be offered in fall 2002. 

"There's a real need in the computer industry for these kinds of workers, because the newspapers are always full of stories about hackers and threats to the infrastructure,'' Richard Amori, chairman of the university's computer science department, told The
Associated Press.
 
For the first two years, computer security majors will take courses similar to those taken by computer science majors, while the third and fourth years will feature specialized security courses.

The university, about 30 miles north of Allentown, expects about 15 students to enroll in the first year of the program. 

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