The College of Arts and Sciences and the Stillman School of Business, along with the University's Department of Information Technology, are proud to offer a cybersecurity boot camp this summer. Taking place August 20-24, the boot camp is designed for Seton Hall undergraduates with a major or minor in computer science, math, mathematical finance, information technology management, political science, sociology, psychology, diplomacy or computing and decision sciences. Participants will learn the principles of cybersecurity and take a certification exam to earn credentials that will make them even more marketable in the workplace.
"In 2018, it is hard to look around and miss how technology impacts our daily lives. From our connected cars and smartphones that are more powerful than our computers, to connected homes and artificial intelligence like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, technology seems omnipresent," says Manfred Minimair, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. "But our connected world poses additional avenues for cyber criminals to steal credit card information, people's identities and other valuable information."
Industries have taken notice of this new risk. According to Minimair, the demand for jobs in cybersecurity have outpaced the supply of qualified individuals available to fill those jobs by a ratio of 3 to 1.
Seton Hall is launching the cybersecurity boot camp to help meet market demand. The curriculum will address the basics of networking and prepare participants for the CompTIA NET+ certification test, an industry credential that is considered the first step to being recognized as an IT security professional. The curriculum will continue throughout the semester both online and in person; students will learn how to perform analysis to determine intrusion, compromise or vulnerability in IT systems and prepare to take the CompTIA Security+ certification test, giving them a second valuable credential for future employment.
In addition, the Department of Information Technology will hire a select number of successful participants to work with its information security team to gain real-world experience and skills. This will be a paid internship following the University's work study requirements, and both an interview and resume will be required to apply.
Students interested in the boot camp should complete this form by June 1. The boot camp is limited to 20 students, so please respond as soon as possible. Those who are chosen to participate and are scheduled to live on campus in the fall will have the opportunity to move onto campus early at no additional cost.
Interested in learning more about cybersecurity, but can't participate in the boot camp? Consider taking a course from the College of Arts and Sciences' new undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. Courses include Computing for Informatics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Cybersecurity Law and Policy, and Project in Cybersecurity. Teaching the fundamental skills and knowledge needed by workers in professions that interact with computer and information systems, the new certificate program is one of several that will launch at Seton Hall this fall. These include an M.S. in Physics, graduate Certificate in Global Studies, graduate Certificate in Population Health Management, graduate Certificate in Practice Management for Health Professionals, a Minor in Irish Literature and a Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.